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Vida de D. Joaõ[!] de Castro, quarto viso-rey da India . . . Nova ediçaõ emendada, e acrescentada com a vida do autor.Madrid, Officina Regia, 1802. Small 8vo (14.8 × 10 cm). With engraved frontispiece portrait of João De Castro, engraved title-page, 3 engraved plates (1 folding). Contemporary sprinkled sheepskin, gold-tooled spine.
Manuel bibl. Portuguez, p. 26; REBUIN (1 copy). Rare first and perhaps only Madrid edition, printed by the Spanish Royal Printing Office, of a classic on Portuguese India and one of the most important historical works in Portuguese, first published in Lisbon in 1651. It describes the life and works of João de Castro, Governor and then Viceroy of Portuguese India from 1545 to his death in 1548. He fought at Tangiers and was offered a knighthood by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, travelled through India and to Suez, the coasts of the Arabian peninsula and back to India, where he defeated the Islamic Sultan of Gujarat. He proved an extremely good leader in India and Ceylon, defeated the King of Cambodia, invaded Ceylon and captured Broach and Malacca. WorldCat and REBUIN record only one copy of the present edition, at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona.With 3 plates browned (but not the engraved title-page or folding plate), 2 small marginal wormholes (1 occasionally touching a letter of the text), but otherwise in very good condition. The binding slightly chafed and the back board with some wormholes.
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