FARIA E SOUSA, M.
Lisboa, H. Valente de Oliveira/ A. Craesbeeck, 1666-1675. 3 volumes. Folio. pp. (32), 396, (42), with 1 engraved title, 1 engraved portrait and 9 woodcut portraits; pp. (10), 969, (1), with 1 engraved title, 1 engraved portrait, 19 full-page woodcuts of explorers, governors etc. and 6 full-page woodcut maps; pp. (10), 564, (4), with 1 engraved title, 1 engraved portrait, 21 full-page woodcuts of explorers, govenors etc. and 2 full-page woodcut maps. 2 volumes contemporary mottled calf, spines with 4 raised bands, gilt lines, floral ornaments and lettering; 1 volume 19th century calf, spine with 5 raised bands and richly gilt ornaments.
The first edition of a rare and invaluable source for the history of the Portuguese conquests and administration in Asia. The present copy lacks the engraved maps. "This is the first edition of Faria e Souza's well-known work. Faria e Souza belongs to the distinguished tradition of Portuguese chroniclers. However, his sweeping survey of one and a half centuries of Portuguese activity in Asia is usually held in lower esteem than the works of Barros, Couto ... Nevertheless, he does occasionally put forward a point of view of his own which is of significance as many of the manuscript records he used have since been lost. The first volume has an index and an appendix (369-396) on what he added to Barros. The second which deals with the period 1538-1581 has an extensive survey of the religions and customs of the East (605-803) and the third volume has a list of India fleets, 1512-1640 (523-560)" (Daya de Silva. The Portuguese in Asia, 754). "Das grosse portugiesische Geschichtswerk ist auch für die Missionsgeschichte von Bedeutung. Band I umfasst die Anfänge der portugiesischen Kolonialgeschichte 1412-1538. Besonders bedeutungsvoll für die Missionsgeschichte ist der III. Band (1581-1640)" (Streit). The many bold woodcuts give a particular charm to this rare work. Cordier. Bibl. Jap. 378; Laures 490; Löwendahl. China illustrata nova. Supplement, 1570.
Item nr. 482
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