COUTO, DIOGO DO. 1542-1616. Decadas da Asia. Lisbon: Domingos Gonsalves, 1736.
Lot 110
COUTO, DIOGO DO. 1542-1616.
Decadas da Asia. Lisbon: Domingos Gonsalves, 1736.
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Fine Books and Manuscripts

12 Jun 2018, 13:00 EDT

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Lot Details
COUTO, DIOGO DO. 1542-1616.
Decadas da Asia. Lisbon: Domingos Gonsalves, 1736.
3 volumes, folio (280 x 200 mm). Titles printed in red and black, portrait frontispiece in volume I, woodcut initials, headpieces, and decorative vignettes at the end of each chapter. Contemporary mottled sheep with green morocco gilt-lettered spine labels, marbled endpapers. Joints cracked at corners, repaired tear to title page in volume I, slight dampstaining in margins, minor worming to volume II.
Provenance: D.E.A. Meredith (bookplates, purchased by him from Sotheby's, May 1969).

FIRST EDITION. Cuoto was educated at the college of Santo Antão in Lisbon, and served during the Surat campaign in Asia in 1560. He became the keeper of the Goa archive, the Tombo da India, and was tasked with continuing the work of João de Barros, who had begun writing his series of three "Decades," chronicling the early history of Portuguese exploration and colonization in Asia. Couto continued the history with Decades IV to XII; most of these were published posthumously, and the eleventh was lost during the author's lifetime. This edition includes two parts of Decade IV, one by Barros that came to light after his death, and one by Couto written before Barros' version was discovered, continuing through Decade IX. Decade XII had already been published separately in Paris. Cordier, Bibliotheca Japonica 34 and Bibliotheca Sinica 2309.
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