ALVAREZ (FRANCISCO) Ho Preste Joam das indias. Verdadera informaçam das terras do Preste Joam... Ago
Lot 8
ALVAREZ (FRANCISCO) Ho Preste Joam das indias. Verdadera informaçam das terras do Preste Joam... Agora novamete impresso
Sold for £24,000 (US$ 37,555) inc. premium

Lot Details
ALVAREZ (FRANCISCO)
Ho Preste Joam das indias. Verdadera informaçam das terras do Preste Joam... Agora novamete impresso, first edition, title printed in red and black with large woodcut, numerous initial woodcuts, occasional light staining, title shaved touching letters at upper margin and with small paper repair at foot with a few letters provided in manuscript facsimile, title and final leaf strengthened on verso of inner margin, large printer's device on modern vellum, ties [Adams A850; Fumagalli 605; King Manuel Cat. 42], folio, [Lisbon], Luis Rodriguez, [1540]

Footnotes

  • VERY RARE. The first detailed description of Ethiopia, compiled by the chaplain of the first Portugeuese (or any European) mission to the Negus. Alvarez was attached to an embassy that was sent in 1515, but for various reasons did not finally reach Massawa until 1520. He spent six years in Ethiopia, travelling through a number of different provinces, recording in detail Axum and Lalibela. He returned to Lisbon in either 1526 or 1527. In addition to being the first account, this work is the only account of mediaeval Ethiopia before its religious and cultural splendours were despoiled and ruined by muslim invaders under the powerful leadership of Ahmed Gran.

    Provenance: Ad Orientem, Cat. 44, no.2234 (1979).
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