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LEO AFRICANUS, JOHANNES.
De totius Africæ descriptione libri IX. (...).
Antwerp, Joannes Latius, 1556. First edition of the Latin translation (Joannes Florianus) of "Della descrittione dell'Africa" (Venice 1550), (16)302,(2) ff. (blank Pp7-8 preserved), 8vo contemporary limp overlapping vellum, flat spine, front endpaper renewed. Minor stains, titleleaf soiled and partley underlaid, blank lower right corner of titleleaf torn off. Good copy. Very scarce first latin edition. Woodcut mark on titlepage. Monastic ownership entries; a few contemporary marginal ms. notes. A treatise of practical geography with essay on rivers, animals, minerals and plants, especially in the Sudan. It is on of the few works from the postmedieval Islamic world which had an influence in Europe. "For a long time this work was the chief authority on the geography of Africa, and the main source of Information on the Sudan" (Cox). Leo the African (Granada c. 1485-Tunis after 1554) was the European name of al-Hasan ibn Mihammad al-Wazzan, geographer and Moroccan ambassador to the Ottoman court. He was captured by Italian pirates and given as a slave to Pope Leo X, and coverted to Catholicism. In 1529 he returned to Tunis and reconverted to islam. Ref. B.Typogr. 1874. Palau 135.532. Adams L-480. Machiels L-179. STCDutch (BL London) p. 116. BN Paris (1). KEYWORDS:islam/north africa/africa
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