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ernador del Rio de la Plata. The print from
1555 is the earliest known of the Conmen-
tarios. Of the Naufrcgios here translated
an earlier issue has been found. Only two
copies of it are known: One, which is per-
fect, is at the Lenox branch of the Public
Library of New York; the other, somewhat
damaged, at the British Museum. This old-
est print of the Naufragios is from 1542 and
was published at Zamora. Its text has been
followed exclusively in this translation. The
(reduced) photographic reproductions of
the title-pages of both editions and of the
kolophon of the first edition give an idea of
the appearance of both of these books, the
extreme rarity of which makes it difficult
for the general reader to see them. Both
are small quartos. The 1542 edition has no
headings for chapters, and this has been fol-
Oviedo, who gives the text in full of the
Letter handed to the Audiencia of Santo
Domingo by Cabeza de Vaca and Castillo
when they touched that port on their return
to Spain, in 1537, has used the I542 print
for comparison with that letter. The second
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Cabeza de Vaca, Alvar Núñez. The journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and his companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536, book, 1922; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3001/m1/13/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .