Histoire de l'Isle de Ceylan...

RIBEYRO Capt. Jean (1701.)


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presentée au Roy de Portugal en 1685.First French edition. Large folding map & 6 folding plates, with engraved vignette to title & numerous head & tail-pieces throughout the text. 12mo. Fine contemporary French mottled calf, spine richly gilt in comparments with red morroco label. [xii], [10], [6], 352, [6]pp. Paris,

A fine copy of this account of Ceylon, written by a Portuguese soldier Joao Ribeiro. Although his original manuscript was not published until 1836, the text was translated into French by M. l'Abbé Joachim LeGrand and published in Paris (as above). Arriving in Ceylon at the age of nineteen Ribeiro rose to the rank of Captain, fighting against both the armies of the King of Kandy and the Dutch who progressively took control of the island. Having been captured and imprisoned by the Hollanders Ribeiro returned to Portugal on his release, after 18 years in Ceylon. His narrative is well-informed and includes descirptions not only of the customs and morals of the people, but also of the flora and fauna.

Stock Code: 201472

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