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Joannes de Laet
1641 House of Elzevir Portugallia Sive de Regis Portugalliae Regnis Vellum
House of Elzevir, 1641. Portugallia, Sive de Regis Portugalliae Regnis et Opibus Commentarius, Joannes de Laet, Officina Elzeviriana, Batavor, 1641, Vellum, illustrated frontispiece 460 pages plus index, 18mo. In very good to good condition, original vellum shows usual soiling, vellum still supple and soft, not brittle. Engraved frontispiece with shield and winged creature shows a touch of wear, otherwise pages are unmarked. Ex-library of Eugene du Bois, Binding is sturdy and sound. A compact little book that can be handled for research. Please see photos. De Laet's History of the New World has sometimes been judged the best 17th century description of the Americas. This small tome on Portugal describes her many colonies as well, including the largest one, Brazil. The House of Elzevir are celebrated Dutch booksellers, publishers and printers of the 17th c. and early 18th c. The duodecimo series of "Elzevirs" became very famous and very desirable among bibliophiles, who sought to obtain the tallest and freshest copies of these tiny books. RAREE1641DNOA. [Attributes: First Edition]
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