2 The Portuguese in Abyssinia, Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan 106


Description: The Portuguese in the lands of Prester John

NGUIANO, Mateo de.
Epitome historial, y conquista espiritual del imperio Abyssino, en Etiopia la alta, o sobre Egypto, a cvyo emperador svelen llamar Preste Juan, los de Europa.
Madrid, by Antonio Gonçalez de Reyes for Francisco Laso, 1706. 4to. Modern mottled, tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. In modern slipcase.
€ 5,000
First and only edition of a chronicle mainly relating the spiritual conquests of Portuguese, in the lands supposedly once ruled by the mythical Prester John (Abyssinia, Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan). The book summarizes the entire history of the first contacts with Westerners in these lands, giving a comprehensive bibliography on the last 4 pages. It includes an account of the massacre of the Portuguese and Spaniards by the Muslim Turks in Sudan (chapters 16-17). The work also includes accounts of Spanish missionaries murdered in the Americas, notably the West Indies, Venezuela, Panama and Martinique.
With two near contemporary owner's inscriptions on title-page and two library stamps professionally removed from the second leaf. Dampstain through the first 33 pages and a few restorations to the lower margins,; a good copy.
Alden & Landis 706/5; Medina, BHA 2130; Palau 12706.
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