The first booke of the historie of the discouerie and conquest of the East Indias, enterprised by the Portingales, in their daungerous nauigations, in the time of King Don Iohn, the second of that name. VVhich historie conteineth much varietie of matter, very profitable for all nauigators, and not vnpleasaunt to the readers. Set foorth in the Portingale language, by Hernan Lopes de Castaneda. And now translated into English, by N.L. Gentleman
London: Thomas East, 1582. 3/4 vellum with marble-covered boards and matching endpapers, applied leather title-label to spine, which is elaborately decorated with gilt tooling. Red stained text block edges. 7.12" x 5.5" Title-page with title located within an ornamental border, and woodcut initials throughout. 164 snumbered sheets, including the concluding colophon sheet with ornamental design. VG, soiling to title-page, which has several tiny holes and a pencil eraser-sized loss to the right edge about midway, 17th century handwritten ink text to verso of the title-page. this binding from after 1674 based on trim of manuscript dates. A solid copy that is, unfortunately, closely trimmed. Item #176664
Contains the bookplate of Rev. Morgan Dix ("The Revd. Morgan Dix: S. J. D. Col. Coll. Quod Dixi Factum Est"). Christies, 2017 and others describe as follows: "Although relating principally to the Portuguese in India, China, and the East Indies (where Lopes de Castanheda lived for twenty years), this work contains interesting particulars of the Portuguese conquest of Brazil. The first book [all that was published] treats only the early part of Lopes de Castanheda's history, but it is the part most important in American history, as it includes Cabral's voyage [his discovery of Brazil in 1500] and others. Nothing more of the first book was ever printed in English or Spanish. Nicholas Lichfield, who dedicated the book to Sir Francis Drake... probably was Thomas Nicholas, the well-known translator of the Tudor era. This English edition is very rare." The author spent ten years travelling through Asia (1528-1538) collecting materials for his Historia which eventually reached an eighth book, published posthumously by his sons in 1559. The first book was soon withdrawn from circulation because of the offence it caused the Portuguese. Hill notes its key place in connection with American history for it includes Cabral's discovery of Brazil in 1500 and subsequent voyages to South America. (Hill 1035). Alden & Landis 582/54; Borba de Moraes I:166; Palau IV:262; Sabin 11391; Stevens Nuggets I:123; STC 16806; Streeter sale I:26. Quarto . This copy trimmed very close to the margins, with occasional loss to tiny text notes there.
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