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GOES [or Góis], Damião de.
Commentarii rerum gestarum in India citra Gangem a Lusitanis anno 1538 .
Louvain, Ex officina Rutger Rescius, 1539.. FIRST EDITION. 4°, late nineteenth-century or early twentieth-century half vellum over marbled boards (some soiling to vellum). Some light dampstains. Tiny singed hole, slightly larger than a pinpoint, to 10 leaves. In good condition. Bookplates of William Gropp and [Antonio] Bonchristiano. (22 ll.). A-D4, E6. Several leaves bound out of order. *** FIRST EDITION of a work interesting for its contemporary description of events in India and for the fact that its popularity helped disseminate Portuguese humanism in Europe during the Age of Discoveries. The work was translated to Italian (Venice, 1539?) and German (Augsburg, 1540). Neither translation included the poem by Petrus Nannius on the final two leaves ("Elegiacum in Damiani a Goes equitis Lusitani viri non minus humanitate que literis exculti commentarios, de rebus citra Gangem in India gestis"). The Italian translation also omitted the letter to Bembo that begins on f. E2r. The Commentarii was published in Latin in 1544, 1574, 1602, 1603, and 1791 as Diensis oppugnatio, which appears here as the running head. A Portuguese translation was finally published in 1945. On ff. A1v-E1v, Goes gives a detailed account the first siege of the Portuguese fortress at Diu, in 1538. The Sultan of Gujarat, allied with Ottoman Emperor Suleiman I (1494-1566), attempted to capture the fortress, but the Portuguese successfully held out for four months. In a separate letter on ff. E2r-E4v, Goes stresses that their conquests and trade in spices allow the Portuguese to spread Christianity in A … [Click Below for Full Description]
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