6056. Lopez de Castanheda on India Orientale 1577

Objektsbeskrivning
LOPEZ DE CASTANHEDA, FERNAO. (2). Historia dell'Indie Orientali, scoperti, & conquistate da' Portoghesi, di commisione dell invittissimo Re Don Manuello,... nella quale, oltre alle strane usanze, maniere, riti e costumi die quelle genti; si viene anco in notitia di molte guerre fatte in quei paesi; & di molte provincie, isole, città, castelli, fiumi, monti, laghi, mari, minerre di metalli, perle, gioie, animali, droghe di specierie, & di molte altre cose degne di meraviglia. Distinta in libri VII... nuovamente di lingua Portoghese in Italiana tradotto dal... Alfonso Ulloa. I-II. Venetia (appresso Giordano Ziletti) 1578 (77?)-1577.

Small 4:o (about 200x127 mm.). (20, last page blank), 1-518, (1); (13), (1)-365, (1, last page blank) leaves. Titles and last pages with woodcut printer's devices.
Contemporary vellum, redspeckled edges. Titles slightly mended, with some of the printing years filled in. Partly some foxing or browning. Titles and first endpapers with old signatures. 2 volumes.

Löwendahl: China illustrata nova. Supplement, 1556.
Castanheda's work on the dominions of Dom Manuel I in eight books was originally published in Portuguese in seven volumes in the years 1551-62. The present edition is an Italian translation of books I-VII. A re-issue appeared in 1578. Chapters XXVII-XXXI (ff. 25-32) in book four contain a description of China, which is centered on Castanheda's account of the Portuguese embassy in 1517.

From the library of Swedish antiquarian bookdealer Björn Löwendahl (1941-2013).