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BOTERO, Giovanni
Le relationi universali divise in sette parti
Venice, appresso Alessandro Vecchi, 1617-18. [STRIKINGLY ILLUSTRATED] 4to, in 7 parts, each with separate t-p, date, pagination and register, pp. (xxxii) 208, 71 (i), (xx) 131 (i), 156 (viii), (xvi) 6, 64, (viii) 56, (viii) 52, 22 (ii). Italic letter, little Roman. Circular woodcut portrait of Botero to t-ps, 4 fold-out engraved maps of the continents, 32 superb full-page woodcuts of exotic mirabilia to part 5, decorated initials, head- and tailpieces. Very minor marginal spotting, couple of paper flaws, tiny marginal worm trail to t-p and another. A very good copy in contemporary Italian vellum, traces of ties, title inked to upper cover and spine, shelfmark to spine and fly. Handsome, superbly illustrated copy of the enlarged edition in seven parts—the first illustrated with woodcuts of exotic wonders—of this most successful descriptive geography of the world. Educated at the Jesuit college in Palermo and Rome, Giovanni Botero (1544-1617) was a poet and political theorist. In the 1590s, at the service of Cardinal Borromeo, he wrote his ‘Relationi universali’, describing Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and their islands; the princes and kingdoms of the world; world religions; the ‘superstitions’ and evangelisation of the New World; the wonders of the Indies; European wars and famous captains. The 32 impressive woodcuts by Alessandro de Vecchi were here published for the first time, as an addition to Part 4, which ‘could also be a stand-alone work’ (Vinciana 1090). They translated exotic wonders traditionally found in Africa and Asia into the New World. De Vecchi’s figures ‘ … [Click Below for Full Description]
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