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Africae descriptio IX lib absoluta
Leiden, Elzevier 1632 - LEO AFRICANUS, Johannes (Al-Hassan ben Mohammed Alvazas Alfasi) Africae descriptio IX lib absoluta. Leiden, Elzevier, 1632. 2 parts in 1 volume. 24mo. 800 + [16]p. with engraved title page included in pagination. Contemporary vellum. Finely printed Elzevier pocket edition of this influential work on the history, geography, language, customs and natural history of Africa by the Arab geographer Al-Hassan (1483-1552). Born in Seville, the author spent his early years travelling throughout North Africa and the Near East. In 1517 he was caught by Christian pirates and taken to Rome, where, under the protection of Pope Leo X, he converted to Christianity and assumed the names of his benefactor. At the request of the Pope, he translated the present work into Italian from the Arabic manuscript which he had been carrying with him at the time of his capture. The present work had a considerable impact on all later writers on Africa. A fine copy. Pieters 1632.8; Willems 371; Rahir 355; see also Palau 135532. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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