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Hispania, sive De regis hispaniae regnis et opibus commentarius
Lugd. Batav.: Ex officina Elzeviriana, 1629. Lugd. Batav.: Ex officina Elzeviriana, 1629. 16mo (11 cm, 4.375"). 520 pp., [4] ff. (final blank leaf). Second edition, as => expanded to include material on the Canary Islands; issued the same year as the first. Significant as an => Americanum, this has chapters or sections on Florida, New Spain, Chile, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Cuba, Santo Domingo, Sinaloa, Culuacan, Puerto Rico, Veragua, the Yucatan, the Rio de la Plata, Zacatecas, Jalisco, and Brazil. Also there is information on Africa, including the Congo and Angola, and on Asia, principally Ceylon, Madagascar, and the Moluccas. The author was the cosmographer and historiographer of the Dutch East India Company as well as the Dutch royal family's official translator. => This is one of the scarcest volumes in commerce of the Elzevirs' series of histories in the Respublica series. It is only the fourth copy we have had in our 30+ years in the antiquarian book business. Provenance: Faded 17th-century inscription on title-page indicating the volume was a gift of P. Dupre to a school whose name we do not decipher. Willems 313; Rahir 284; European Americana 629/79; Palau 129562; Sabin 38560; Borba de Moraes (2nd ed.), Bibliographia brasiliana, I, 450. Contemporary Dutch vellum over paste boards, all edges red with that dye sometimes spilling into margins. => A clean, very good copy of this nice little book.
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