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MAFFEI, Giovanni Pietro
Histoires des Indes, : Où il est traicté de leur descouuerte, navigation, & conqueste
Lyon, par Iean Pillehote, 1604. 8vo. pp. [iv], 953, [xlvii] A10, B-Z8, AA-ZZ8, AAA-QQQ8, RRR4. Roman letter, some Italic. Title with woodcut device of the Society of Jesus, woodcut initials, grotesque head and tail-pieces, contemporary mss autograph and ex dono at head of title, partially erased, engraved armorial bookplate of William Stirling Maxwell (Sir William Stirling-Maxwell, 9th Baronet, 1818-1878, Scottish politician and historian) on pastedown. Light age yellowing, pale waterstain on first few leaves, rare minor marginal mark or spot. A very good, clean copy, in late 17th calf, covers bordered with a double gilt rule, spine with gilt ruled raised bands, richly gilt in compartments, William Stirling Maxwell’s device blind stamped on upper cover, his monogram on lower. Joints head and tail restored, spine a little worn, extremities rubbed. a.e.r. Rare second edition (an exact copy of the first published Lyon 1603) of the first French translation of this important account by the humanist Giovanni Pietro Maffei (c. 1533-1603) of Portuguese discoveries and missionary work in China, Japan, India, the East Indies, Persia, Brazil and other parts of America. His work is divided into 16 books; book VI deals specifically with China and features what is apparently the first description of tea by a European author. The translation is by François Arnault de la Borie. This classic history of the Indies, edited by Maffei utilises firsthand materials in the form of letters from the Jesuit missions, together with a life of the order’s founder Loyola. The work includes the accounts o … [Click Below for Full Description]
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