Cortez; or, the conquest of Mexico: as related by a father to his children, and designed for the instruction of youth. Translated from the German of J. H. Campe, (author of the New Robinson Crusoe) by Elizabeth Helme, Author of Instructive Rambles in London and its Environs; the Abridgment of Plutarch’s Lives, Etc. Etc.

  • Campe, Joachim Heinrich
  • London: Sampson Low 1799
  • ESTC T100445.


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FIRST EDITION, 2 vols. bound as 1, 12mo, pp. 136, 167, [1] + folding map frontispiece. Modern quarter calf, marbled boards, red label to spine. A paper flaw to one leaf causing loss of three words of one footnote (while touching a few other words with no loss of sense), otherwise the pages just lightly spotted, a little dustsoiling, a handling tear to map sometime repaired with no loss and a small piece of its blank fore-corner torn away. Ownership inscription of Anna M. Turner dated 1802 to title-page.


Joachim Henrich Campe (1746-1818) helped invent the genre of 'children's literature', with his educational trilogy on the discovery of the Americas ('Entdeckung von Amerika', 1781-2) playing a major part. This is the first English translation of the middle part (the first was 'Columbus' and the last 'Pizarro'), produced by Elizabeth Helme (d. 1814), a novelist and translator from County Durham. Although printed and published in London, it is now rare in the UK, with ESTC locating just the BL copy, plus about a dozen others in the USA and Australia.

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