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Rodriguez De Saa Y Menezes, Juan."
Rebelion de Ceylan, y los progressos de su conquista en el gobierno de Constantino de Saa, y Noroa.Lisbon, Antonio Craesbeeck de Mello, 1681. Small 4to (19.5 x 14 cm). 18th-century limp sheep parchment."
1623. [20], 243, [1 blank] pp.Very rare first and only edition of a first-hand account of the rebellion of the Sinhalese natives, supported by the Dutch, against the Portuguese government of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), concentrating on the years 1623 to 1630, when the author's father was governor of the island. The main text in Spanish, comprising a prologue and sixteen chapters, begins with a general description of the island, its emperors before the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505, the customs of the natives, and the Portuguese government. These are followed by an account of the author's father, Constantino de Saa y Noroa (1586-1630), his taking office as governor and captain general, his principles of government and his reforms, his victories and conquests, and his achievements generally. Finally comes the rebellion itself, led by the King of Kandy, and its immediate aftermath, including the death of De Saa. Although the Dutch came to Ceylon in 1602 and encouraged disgruntled natives to fight against the Portuguese twenty years before De Saa took office, it was largely after his defeat and death in 1630 that the Dutch gained the upper hand in the struggle for control of Ceylon. It was only in 1658, however, that they succeeded in ousting the Portuguese and bringing the island under Dutch control.With the front board partially detached from the bookblock, otherwise in very good condition. An essential primary source on the native rebellion in Ceylon.l Goldsmith, Bmc Stc Spanish & Portuguese R-163; Lach & Van Kley Iii, p. 951-952; Palau Very fine condition."
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