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Historiarum Indicarum libri XVI, Selectarum item ex India epistolarum eodem interprete libri IIII. Accessit Ignatii Loiolae vita postremo recognita. Venice, Damiano Zenario, 1589-

MAFFEI Giovanni Pietro (1588.)

£1000.00 

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Large printer's device on each title-page, numerous large ornamental woodcut initials and head-pieces.4to. 2 parts in one. [28], 283, [1](blank)f. 211ff. (lacking final blank). Later marbled boards.

Second edition of the classic work on the history of the Indies, edited by Maffei who used first hand documentary evidence in the form of letters from the Jesuit missions to America, India and Japan, together with the life of the society's founder Loyola. The privilege of the Venetian senate on the verso of the title-page is dated 7 August 1588. The work also contains accounts of Ignaccio Azvedo and the Brazilian martyrs, with a description of Brazil which is considered very accurate by Barba de Moraes; he also provides much detailed information on contemporary China and Japan, their society, customs, languages, beliefs as well as an account of their first dealings with the western world. For his information on Japan, Maffei relied on letters sent to Europe by Luis Frois who in 1569 had met Oda Nobunaga, the Japanese warlord.Large piece missing from foot of first title-page which is backed with later paper (thus obscuring the privilege, some worming in lower margins of second part, but generally very clean.Adams M91. Sommervogel V299. J.C.Brown 589/41.

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