Dell historia della Chinas
Roma, Martinelli, 1586. (Cordier I, p 10; cfr Lust 23; Boxer South China in the sixteenth century). In quarto (27,5x16,5cm), (8) 380 (16) pp. Washed copy, rebound in contemporary vellum. First and last leaves with small restorations, affecting a few letters. Clean, wide margined copy.
First edition in Italian of this instant bestseller. There were three editions in Italian in 1586, one by Bartolome Grassi; one by Vicentio Pellagallo and this one by Giovanni Martinelli. " ces editions ne sont que des exemplaires du meme tirage avec des noms differents; ce qui le prouve c'est que la p 378 est dans tous cifres par erreur 578" (Cordier, I, p 10). Curiously, Lust calls the copy he has seen "in octavo" and gives a much smaller size: 18x10,5 cm). Mendoza (1545-1618) was an Augustinian monk at the court of Rome. Pope Gregory XIII ordered him to collect all that was known at the time about China. Mendoza was never in China. The work consists partly of travel accounts by Augustine and Franciscan monks. Another source as material gathered on China by father Martin de Rada in Fukien. His work became the standard authority at the time. It appears as one of the first general histories/ descriptions of China . " The first, serious survey of China, it ran some 33 editions in Western Europe between 1585 and 1613. Its influence can be imagined" (Lust, nr 23)
Nova et succincta..historia...Regno China
Frankfurt am Main, Henning. 1589
(Cordier, 14/15; Lust 27; VD 16 G 2658)
In octavo. Book rebound in old vellum. Slight waterstain first half of the book. Small hole in title page restored. Else fine.
First edition in Latin of this instant bestseller. Mendoza was an Augustinian monk at the Rome court. Pope Gregory XIII ordered him to collect all that was known at the time about China... His work became the standard authority at the time.
It appears as one of the first general histories/descriptions of China in Cordier who mentions like 20 editions in Spanish (First, 1585), Italian; French, German and English before this 1589 Latin first edition. " The first, serious survey of China, it ran some 33 editions in Western Europe between 1585 and 1613. Its influence can be imagined" (Lust, nr 23)
De Cosmosgraphiae rudimentis duplici editione ....
Proclus: de Spaera liber I
Cleomedis: de Mundo..libri II
Dionissius: Descriptio orbis
Basel, Petri 1561
(Zinner 1941:2267; Engelmann, 1982:58, note 180)
In octavo. Full calf over wooden boards, embossed and dated 1561.
Original clasps intact. Spine restored.
This is a wonderful Sammelband of geographical texts, 4 classical, Latin texts, and one early modern (Honter) text and atlas. It seems to have been in the Capuziner Monastery of Wyl, Switzerland, from the date of its imprint, 1561. It also seems to have been studied by its first owner, a monk called Georg Hibelius from Rhotylhensis, who underlined some text of the Proclus and signed the two books as being read and studied on October 7, 1561. He thereafter passed ...
De insulis nuper inventis Fernandi Cortesii
Cologne, for Birckman, August 23, 1532
(Harrisse 168; Church 63; Medina BHA: 86; Palau 63192)
In folio, XIX full black calf (30x20 cm)
Spine comparted. Title printed in gilt.
4 nn lvs, including engraved title page
30 nn lvs (carta de relacion 2)
33 nn lvs (carta de relacion 3)
1 nn leaf (Martin de Valencia, carta de Yucatan)
4 nn lvs (Two letters one by bishop Zumarraga, one by Herborn)
Numerous, often historiated, woodcut initials. This copy is fully rubricated in red by a contemporary hand.
Condition: lacks the 8 nn lvs , the text of Peter Martyrs De insulis. Minor smear and marginal water stain here and there. Overall excellent copy
Novus orbis regionum ad insularum...omnium catalogus
Basel, Hervagium. 1555
(Alden/Landis 555/42; Sabin 34104; Brunet IV, 132)
In folio (38x23 cm.).
Rebound in XVIII century full calf, raised band on the spine, engraved and gilt title.
In a box.
26 nn lvs including title page adorned with a copper plate engraving
678 pp (last blank)
Woodcut initials to each story.
A few woodcut illustrations in the text.
Latin edition of 23 books (texts) on the earliest voyages of discovery including Cadamosta (Cape Verde 1455; 1456); Columbus (1492; 1493) ; Pinzon; Vespuccis four voyages; Marco Polo; Michow (Poland); Peter Martyr: de Insulis; Transylvanus on Magellans ...
Primera y Segunda Parte de la Historia del Peru
Sevilla, Hernando Diaz. 1571
(Sabin 24132; Medina, BHA 214; Palau, F. Pp 197; Rene Moreno 1341; Maggs, 1935 nr 271/ Quaritch, 1990. Nr 29)
En folio, pleno cuero del siglo XVIII, dos partes en un solo tomo
Texto a dos columnas. Iniciales en xilografia
Varias ilustraciones en el texto en xilografia
4 hojas incluyendo frontis grabado (Escudo Real)
142 Folios (primera parte)
(son en realidad 138 hojas ya que la foliacion salta de 130 a 135)
130 Folios (incluyendo segundo frontis grabado (Escudo Real)
Condicion: Ultimas 30 folios de la segunda parte con pequeno corridor de guzano, afectando algunas letras (15x4 mm). En general: buen ejemplar, impreso sobre buen papel.
Ejemplar firmado por su autor en el colofon.
La bibliografia del libro pareciera interesante ya que Moreno ...
Comentari della Moscovia ... et Russia
Venice, Nicolo de Bascarini for Pedrezzano, 1550
Bagrow, 1975, p 89; Henze. 1983;
Small in quarto (20,3x14,2 cm)
XIXZ century full calf, spine restored using parts of the original binding
Title page with woodcut coat of arms
4 nn lvs; 90 numbered leaves; 8 nn lvs including 6 woodcut plates; one folding, woodcut map
Condition: rebound, washed and cut in the XIX century. Very clean copy. Map reinforced at the folds.
First edition in Italian of Herbersteins groundbreaking description of Moscovia. The Latin edition preceded this one with one year.
Siegmund, Freiherr von Herberstein (1486-1566) was an Austrian nobleman who made two trips as Ambassador to Russia, one between 1516-18, ...