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ALVARES, Francisco, 1465-c.1541; CORSALI, Andrea, 1487-?
Warhafftiger Bericht von den Landen,
auch geistlichem vnd weltlichem Regiment, des Mechtigen Könige in Ethiopien : den wir Priester Johan nennen, wie solches durch die Kron Portugal mit besondern vleis erfündiget worden. beschrieben durch Herrn Franciscum Aluares, so derhalben sechs Jahr lang an gedachts Priester Johans Hoffe verharren müssen ; aus der Portugallischen vnd Italianischen Sprache in das Deutsche gebracht, vnd zuuorn nie im Druck ausgangen. Gedruckt zü Eisslebẽ : Durch M. Joachim Heller, 1566. Folio, bound in ornately tooled modern calf with brass clasps; all edges stained red; pp [x], 444 [i.e. 436]; title with a couple of closed tears and repairs at edges; pale damp stain at upper outer corner of approximately first and last 40 leaves; illustrated with the important woodcut diagram of the Southern Cross constellation; plan of the Church of Golgotha; plan of the Church of Saint Salvator; plan of the Church of Our Lady; plan of the Church of St. Emanuel; elevations of the Church of St. Emanuel; plan of the Church of St. George; map of Africa from the Mediterranean to the Tropic of Capricorn; decorative initials and tail-pieces. The first edition in German of this important Renaissance travel work. Father Francisco Alvares' account of the Portuguese embassy to Ethiopia between 1520 and 1527 remained the most detailed and reliable source of information on that region of Africa for over a century. Part of Alvares' work was originally published in Portuguese, in Lisbon in 1540, as Verdadera informaçam das terras do Preste Ioam; the first separate French edition, Historiale description de l'Ethiopie … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Douglas Stewart Fine Books [Melbourne, Australia]

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