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THE VOYAGES & ADVENTURES OF FERDINAND MENDEZ PINTO, A PORTUGAL: During His Trave
London 1663, Herrington. New simulated leather, 326p., 2nd. ed., small folio, corrected & amended, J. Mayock, printer, lower right corner of title page torn away, but rebacked and mended, balance of text complete, pp232-239 misnumbered.RARE * * * . ONE OF THE GREATEST TRAVEL BOOKS OF THE MID-17TH CENTURY . . ALWAYS A RARE & IMPORTANT BOOK . . FOR BETTER OR WORSE, PINTO INTRODUCED THE MUSKET TO JAPAN . *** . This is one of the greatest classics by a European traveler in the East and is an important early resource of Portuguese literature. The work reflects the vigor and energy of one of Portugal's most ambitious explorers. *** COLLECTOR'S CONDITION: . Seldom found complete in collector's condition. . *** SUBTITLE: cont. "...of the East-Indies. With a relation & description of most of the places thereof: their religion, laws, riches, customs & government in the time of peace & war. Where he five times suffered shipwreck, was 16 times sold & 13 times made a slave. Written originally by himself in the Portugal tongue, & dedicated to the majesty of Philip King of Spain. Done into English by H.C. Gent [Henry Cogan]." . *** WRITTEN IN OLDE ENGLISH * NOTE: These two titles were written in "Olde English" of the period & commonly used "F" for "S" therefore below, we faithfully repeat the spelling on the title page, as issued. *** . WHO WAS FERNAND MENDEZ PINTO EXPLORER AND TRAVELER: . Fernand Mendez Pinto [1509-1583] embarked for India in 1537 in a fleet commanded by the son of Vasco da Gamma & traveled for 21 years, fought and traded in China, Tartary, Pegu & the neighboring countries, sailing in every sea. . He is credited with opening up Indo-China due to his misfortune. He went to Poulo Condore off the mouth of the Mekong, and was the traveling companion of St. Francis Xavier. Mendez, a Portuguese adventurer, was a soldier, sailor, merchant, doctor, missionary & ambassador. He sailed out in the fleet commanded by Vasco de Gamma's son & traveled extensively in Asia between 1537-1557. . He was one of the first Europeans to enter Japan, in 1542 and he introduced the musket there. He was in Japan before the arrival of St. Francis Xavier & later became his friend and traveling companion. . For a time, he even joined the Society of Jesus and gave St. Francis the money with to build the first Jesuit establishment in Japan. Mendez accompanied the Jesuits as ambassador from the Portuguese Viceroy of India to the King of Bungo. . A number of the details of his work are obviously taken from other accounts, such as the visits to Ethiopia & Tibet, the total picture given of Asia in the first half of the 16th century has undoubted authenticity. . *** ONE OF THE GREATEST TRAVEL BOOKS OF THE 17TH CENTURY: . This is one of the greatest classics by a European traveler in the East and is an important early resource of Portuguese literature. The work reflects the vigor and energy of one of Portugal's most ambitious explorers. . *** REFERENCES: . WING M1705. . M. Takahashi: CATALOGUE OF SPECIAL BOOKS ON CHRISTIAN MISSIO S. . H. Cordier: INDOSINICA 113 . H. Cordier: SINICA 2069 . Lowendahl 104 . Lust 346 *** .
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