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AFRICA. AGE OF DISCOVERY. Lebna Dengel (Dawit II), Negus of Ethiopia (1497-1540); Álvares, Francisco (1465-1540)
Legatio David Aethiopiae Regis, ad Sanctissimum D. N. Clementem Papam VII. una cum obedientia, eidem sanctissimi D. N. praestita. Eiusdem David Aethiopiae regis legatio, ad Emanuelem Portugalliae regem. Item alia legatio eiusdem David Aethiopiae regis, ad Ioannem Portugalliae regem. De regno Aethiopiae, ac populo, deque moribus eiusdem populi, nonnulla.
Bologna: apud Iacobum Remolen Alostensem, 1533. Bologna:: apud Iacobum Remolen Alostensem,, 1533. FIRST EDITIONQuarto: 20.4 x 14.3 cm. [23] lvs., lacking final blank. FIRST EDITION. Bound in 19th c. polished treed calf, boards framed with gold-tooled meander pattern. Mild staining in the inner margin of the first leaf, the rest of the text is in very fine condition. Printed in 1533 in Bologna by Jakob Remolen (a native of Aalst, Belgium) the work was translated into Italian and German. All editions are extremely rare. In North America, I located copies of the Latin edition at Newberry, Minnesota, Cleveland Public, Harvard (2), and NYPL; the German language edition "Bot(t)schafft des großmechtigsten Konigs Dauid" at Brown; and the Italian language edition "L'Ambasciaria di David, re dell' Etiopia": at NYPL.An invaluable record of the Ethiopian embassy to Europe in 1527. Printed here for the first time are four letters from the Ethiopian Negus (Emperor) Lebna Dengal, who reigned as Dawit II (reg. 1508-1540). Two of the letters are addressed to the Portuguese kings Manuel I (reg. 1495-1521) and João III (reg. 1521-1557). The other two are addressed to Pope Clement VII (1478-1534). There is an additional letter, from King João to the pope. The letters are preceded by a brief account of the country and people of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa.The letters had been brought to Europe in 1527 by the Negus' ambassador, Sag za-Ab (also called Zaga Zabo), who journeyed to the Portuguese court in the company of returning members of an earlier Portuguese embassy, including Francisco Ál … [Click Below for Full Description]
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