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The Naturall and Morall Historie of the East and West Indies
LONDON : Printed by Val:Sims for Edward Blount and William Aspley , 1604 First english translation of this important work, first published in Spain in 1588 and in enlarged version 1590. This is copy is in a contemporary vellum binding. Acosta drew on 17 years experience as a Jesuit missionary to give a detailed account of the new world. His writing impressed Francis Bacon and he cited the work in New Organon and History of Winds. Classed as fair because some pages have been removed and replaced with fascimile copies. The vellum binding is sound with blind tooled borders. It has some grubbiness as might be expected. Internally the first blank leaf has been replaced and the title page has been repaired to replace loss at the bottom corner. There is some browning and an ink sign and an inscription 'London, July 21 1728'. From the ink colour it looks as if this signatory has added a tail to the zero in 1604 to change the date to 1694. Pages 17-32 and 79-96 are in facsimile. There are some small repaired paper tears, small loss to the bottom inner corner of p65 not affecting text, and some ink lines in the margin of pp62-63. There is substantial ink, pencil and some biro marking on the final blank leaf. Pages have very light brown toning and the occasional mark. Otherwise the text with decorative initial capitals and head and tailpieces is in good clean condition. Size 19 cm x 14.5 cm. An opportunity to buy this rare and significant work at a reduced price.
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