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Camõens, Luis de
The Lusiad, or Portugals Historicall Poem...
London: Humphrey Moseley, 1655. 1st edition in English (the Portuguese 1st edition was 1572). 19th century full calf, spine base chipped, top and joints strengthened but not rebacked, title page, frontispiece, and text page margins darkened, some stains, spots, and marginal tears, frontispiece portrait of de Camõens' neatly mounted, 1/4" chip from its upper corner, title page with a small chip from the foredge margin repaired, else very good (and we've been fussier here than is usual with a 362 year old book). A seldom seen edition, never seen at this price these days (check it out), and our copy has the large portraits of Henry the Navigator and Vasco de Gama neatly folded at the borders (not trimmed) to fit. Coll: 4to. [xxii], 224 pages. Refs: Pforzheimer 362. Wing C397. Ex–George Christopher Molesworth Birdwood, his name on the title page, some of his notes in the text, others nearly filling the rear (binder's) blank, and his symbol (the whirlwind of life) in a few places.The heroes are the Lusiads, the children of Lusus (the Portuguese people), self–deemed as predestined by the gods to do heroic deeds. Jupiter tells them their victories over the Moors and Castillians anneals them to discover new worlds, spreading their law, culture, and morals, and that in the end, they would become gods. And they did open Japan (1543), and took, a dominant position there, and they did establish Brazil (that place with the 3rd most famous Amazon, after the U. S. company and the mythic women warriors). The last canto closes with the ultimate revelation, a glimpse at the autem … [Click Below for Full Description]
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