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Author Leonard, Irving A. (Irving Albert), 1896-1996.
Title Books of the brave : being an account of books and of men in the Spanish Conquest and settlement of the sixteenth-century New World / Irving A. Leonard ; with a new introduction by Rolena Adorno.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 1992.

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Author Leonard, Irving A. (Irving Albert), 1896-1996.
Subject Book industries and trade -- Latin America -- History -- 16th century.
Spanish literature -- Latin America -- Classical period, 1500-1700 -- Appreciation.
Books and reading -- Latin America -- History -- 16th century.
Latin America -- Intellectual life -- 16th century.
America -- Discovery and exploration -- Spanish.
Latin America -- History -- To 1600.
Latin America.
Description 1 online resource (xlvii, 453 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 431-434) and index.
Summary Since its original publication in 1949, Irving A. Leonard's pioneering Books of the Brave has endured as the classic account of the introduction of literary culture to Spain's New World. Leonard's study documents the works of fiction that accompanied and followed the conquistadores to the Americas and goes on to argue that popular texts influenced these men and shaped the way they thought and wrote about their New World experiences. For the first time in English, this edition combines Leonard's text with a selection of the documents that were his most valuable sources--nine lists of books destined for the Indies. Containing a wealth of information that is sure to spark future study, these lists provide the documentary evidence for what is perhaps Leonard's greatest contribution: his demonstration that royal and inquisitorial prohibitions failed to control the circulation of books and ideas in colonial Spanish America. Rolena Adorno's introduction signals the lasting value of Books of the Brave and brings the reader up to date on developments in cultural-historical studies that have shed light on the role of books in Spanish American colonial culture. Adorno situates Leonard's work at the threshold between older, triumphalist views of Spanish conquest history and more recent perspectives engendered by studies of native American peoples.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0585078963 (electronic bk.)
9780585078960 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 44957031
Additional Format Print version: Leonard, Irving Albert, 1896- Books of the brave. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1992 0520079906 (DLC) 92004601 (OCoLC)25370316
Table of Contents
 List of Illustrations 
 Introduction / Rolena Adorno 
 To Whom It May Concern 
IThe Spanish Conquistador1
IIThe Romances of Chivalry13
IIIThe Conquistador and the "Lying Histories"25
IVAmazons, Books, and Conquerors - Mexico36
VAmazons, Books, and Conquerors - South America54
VIThe Conquerors and the Moralists65
VIILight Literature and the Law75
VIIIBooks Follow the Conqueror91
IXFavorite Fiction104
XThe House of Trade and the Conquerors' Books124
XIBoats and Books140
XIIVisitas and Books166
XIIIOn the Mexican Book Trade, 1576183
XIVBest Sellers of the Lima Book Trade, 1583212
XVOne Man's Library, Manila, 1583226
XVIOn the Mexican Book Trade, 1600241
XVIIThe Picaro Follows the Conquistador258
XVIIIDon Quixote Invades the Spanish Indies270
XIXDon Quixote in the Land of the Incas290
XXThe Literary Legacy313
 Documentary Appendix335
 A Brief Bibliography429