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Lot nr:685
Book nr:30801
Author:LEO AFRICANUS
Title:Africae descriptio IX lib. absoluta
Town:Leiden
Publisher:Elzevier
Year:1622
Description:2 parts in 1 vol. in-24mo, 800, [16] pp. With engraved title, pale water stains on a few lvs, corner without text loss torn of p. 263, otherwise a good copy. Contemporary vellum binding, soiled, title in ink on spine
Note:This famous description of Africa was for centuries a major source on the Islamic world. The original text was first published in Venice 1550, the Latin translation first appeared at Antwerp in 1556.
The author (circa 1494-1552) was an Andalusian Moor raised in Morocco who travelled extensively in the region. He composed the work in Italian during a prolonged stay in Italy after having been captured by pirates in 1518 and presented as a slave to Pope Leo X, who freed and baptized him as a convert. Ref. Willems 371
Price:€240 - €300
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