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Historiarum Indicarum libri XVI. Selectarum, item, ex Jindia Epistolarum. eodem interprete Libri IV - Giovanni Pietro Maffei - 1st Edition - 1588

Historiarum Indicarum libri XVI. Selectarum, item, ex Jindia Epistolarum. eodem interprete Libri IV - Giovanni Pietro Maffei - 1st Edition - 1588

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"Historiarum Indicarum libri XVI"

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"Selectarum, item, ex Jindia Epistolarum. eodem interprete Libri IV"

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"Ignatii Loiolae vita postremo recognita"

-Giovanni Pietro Maffei

-1st edition 

-1588

-Published by Giunta in Firenze

-Quarto

-30x20cm approx

-19th century Half calf binding with marbled paper

-Very good condition overall. Paper mainly clean and white throughout. Some mild browning to some pages

-Complete (Dedication leaf present misbound between pages 10 and 11) TP, dedication 1-570, 28 including colophon on final leaf

This is the first edition of this important cornerstone work on Asia from a European  perspective. It was assembled by Giovanni Pietro Maffeii, a Jesuit priest from Bergamo who was commissioned to write this work on the history of Portuguese voyages of discovery. The account of China in Book VI (pages 109 to 122 in this first edition) was influential in shaping the European image of the country.

Rare opportunity to obtain the first edition of this cornerstone work on Asia

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