Lot 326: Americas.- Maffei (Giovanni Pietro), Historiarum Indicarum Libri XVI, 1589.
November 16, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Americas.- Maffei (Giovanni Pietro) Historiarum Indicarum Libri XVI, [*]2 A-Z, Aa-Dd6 Ee4 Ff-Yy6 Zz4, Aaa-Ccc4 Ddd6 second edition, title with woodcut printer's device (hen and tree), woodcut decorative large initials, head- and tail-pieces, very small ink stamp to title, lightly browned (heavier to a few ff.), occasional spotting, 19th century vellum using older vellum on covers, spine in compartments and with double red leather labels, faded and soiled, [Adams M92; Borba de Moaes II, p.9; European Americana 589/39; Sabin 43770], folio, Cologne, House of Birckmann for Arnold Mylius, 1589. ⁂ Father Maffei's history of India, together with his collection of Jesuit Missionary letters written from the East, including Persia, China, India, and Japan, along with a life of Father Loyola. It includes an account of Columbus' discovery of the New World, the voyages and discoveries of Amerigo Vespucci, Martin Behaim's voyage and astrolabe, Columbus' discovery of the Canary Islands, and other matters relating to the Americas, particularly Brazil.