6082. History of the Friars Minor 1620

ON THE HISTORY OF THE FRIARS MINOR. (2). (SILVA, MARCOS DA) MARK OF LISBON. Erster [dritter] Thail der eingesetzten Orden des heiligen Vatters Francisci: Darin sein Leben, Werck, Todt, und Wunderzeichen begriffen... München (Gedruckt bey Anna Bergin. In verlegung Johan Hertsroy) 1629.

Small 4:o (about 197/190x150/147 mm.). (60), 1-40, 39-70, 97-558, 558, 557-670, (12); (4, incl. engraved frontispiece), 5-80, 87-506, (19); 3 engraved frontispieces (to vol. I somewhat mended in inner margin and with inkstain), woodcut printer's device on last page in vol. II.
Vol. I-II brown contemporary calf, worn, spine in five compartments, damages at head and foot, paper label pasted in upper compartment, speckled edges, vol. III contemporary green vellum, somewhat worn, speckled edges, paper label pasted at head of spine. Engraved frontispiece to. vol. I and printed titles to vol. I and III with library stamp "Ad Conv. F. F. Min. Graecensium". Minor foxing. 2 volumes.

Löwendahl: China illustrata nova. Supplement, 1560.
Marcos da Silva's (?1511-1591) "Chronicle of the Friars Minor" was originally published in Portuguese in 1557-62.
The present second German edition was translated by Carl Kurtz von Senftenau from the Italian translation by Horatio Diola (Venice 1606). A fourth volume, written by Felix Reineccius, appeared in Innsbruck in 1658.
The work is made up almost entirely of biographies of illustrious men of the order. It is considered to be of great historical value, especially since the original sources to which the author had access have disappeared.
Vol. II pp. 77-84 deal with Giovanni da Piano Carpini's mission to the Court of the Mongol Khan in 1245-47 and pp. 823-7 with Odoric of Pordenone and his jouney to the Far East 1318-1330.

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