THE FIRST BOOKE OF THE HISTORIE OF THE DISCOVERIE AND CONQUEST OF THE EAST INDIAS, ENTERPRISED BY THE PORTINGALES, IN THEIR DAUNGEROUS NAVIGATIONS...
by Lopes de Castanheda, Fernao
London: Thomas East, 1582. 170 leaves. Woodcut border device surrounding the titlepage, woodcut initials throughout the text. Small quarto. 19th-century calf, ruled in blind, gilt Pegasus device on front board, spine gilt, leather labels. Binding lightly rubbed and shelfworn. Small closed tear in upper margin of titlepage. Ex-Inner Temple Library, with their bookplate on the front pastedown, two ink stamps on the titlepage (below the ornamental border), one on the first page of text, and another on the verso of the colophon. Very good. The first English edition of one of the most important historical works of the first great age of discovery, translating the first book of Castanheda's work, originally published in Coimbra in 1551. Translated by Nicholas Lichefield, this edition is appropriately dedicated to Sir Francis Drake. Most of the ...HISTORIE... is devoted to the great Portuguese thrust into Asia in the early 16th century, chronicling their epic expansion to India, the East Indies, and China between 1497 and 1525. Castanheda himself spent some two decades in the Portuguese colonies in the East, and so was well equipped to write this account. It is one of the primary sources for the early Portuguese trading empire, a model that the British were beginning to emulate at the time of publication. Penrose says of the author: "...he wrote an impartial book of outspoken sincerity which was the fruit of years of residence in the East." This work is equally important for its American content, being the first to describe in detail the voyage of Cabral and his discovery of Brazil in 1500, while on his way to the East Indies. Cabral's landing is the first recorded there, recounted in chapters 29-31 of the present work. "This English edition is very rare" - Hill. "A most interesting and rare book" - Sabin. Not in Church. This work has become difficult to find. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 582/54. HILL 1035. BORBA DE MORAES, pp.166-67. Penrose, TRAVEL AND DISCOVERY IN THE RENAISSANCE, pp.274- 79. STC 16806. SABIN 11391. STREETER SALE 26.
(Inventory #: WRCAM41698)
You can be confident that when you make a purchase through ABAA.org, the item is sold by an ABAA member in full compliance with our Code of Ethics. Our sellers guarantee your order will be shipped promptly and that all items are as described. Buy with confidence through ABAA.org.