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Da Asia 24 Volumes - Complete Set. FIRST EDITION - Barros, João de & Couto, Di - 1778. 
Regia Officina Typographica, 1778. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. DA ASIA DE JOÃO DE BARROS E DE DIOGO DE COUTO. NOVA EDIÇÃO OFFERECIDA A SUA MAGESTADE D. MARIA I. RAINHA FIDELISSIMA. LISBOA. NA REGIA OFFICINA TYPOGRAPHICA. ANNO 1778. Encadernação em meio couro. Med. 18x12 cm. 24 vols. 12mo. With engr. portraits of Barros, Couto, Henry the Navigator, and Afonso de Albuquerque and 6 maps, one in duplicate. The best and most complete edition of what is considered the most comprehensive work on Portuguese colonial history by João de Barros (decades I-IV) and Diego de Couto; the first edition to include decades X and XI. Books 2 and 3 of the "Decada Segunda" offer a detailed narrative of Afonso de Albuquerque's expedition to the Arabian Gulf and his conquest of Ormuz in 1507; the island remained under Portuguese occupation from 1515 to 1622. As vassals of the Portuguese state, the Kingdom of Ormuz jointly participated in the 1521 invasion of Bahrain that ended Jabrid rule of the Arabian archipelago. - This is "the best edition of this famous work on Portuguese colonial history. The first edition appeared at Lisbon, Madrid and Paris from 1552 to 1645. It consists of 12 "Decadas" (decades), comprising the history of the years 1420-1600. Only Decadas I, II, III and a part of IV are by João de Barros, the rest is by Diogo de Couto, who begins his part also with Decada IV, so that there are two Decadas IV" (Laures).The Portuguese historian and civil servant Barros had equipped an expedition to the Amazon, but its failure brought him to the verge of poverty. His mercantile ambitions destroyed, Barros retreated into the sanctuary of historical studies. Written at the instigation of the king, Barros first published Décadas da Asia in the middle of the sixteenth century, and it is still regarded as one of the supreme accounts of European exploration and colonisation, and famously includes work on Magellan and his discoveries in the Americas. The first volume, Asia de Ioam de Barros, was published in 1552, and the subsequent volumes of his work in 1555, 1563 and 1615. It was continued by Diogo de Couto, royal historiographer to Phillip II, whose work is generally more critical. Couto not only furthers Barros's original discussion, but also expands on the arguments for the decline of Portuguese influence in the east.The first eight volumes of this set consist of the four original Décadas; volume nine is a life of Barros by Manoel Severino de Faria together with an index; the remaining fourteen volumes comprise all of Couto's ensuing books, the last volume an index. De Barros (1496-1570), head agent for the Portuguese overseas trade authority "Casa da Índia", managed to persuade King João III to commission from him a history of the Portuguese in India (including Asia and southeast Africa). The result earned him renown as one of the first great Portuguese historians, and the title of a "Portuguese Livy". The 'Decades' contain "the early history of the Portuguese in India and Asia and reveal careful study of Eastern historians and geographers, as well as of the records of his own country. They are distinguished by clearness of exposition and orderly arrangement. They are also lively accounts. Used Hardcover First Edition
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