Vida de Dom João de Castro, Quarto Viso-Rey da India . . e agora terceira vez impressa.
Lisbon, Na Officina Real dos Herdeiros de Miguel Deslandes, 1703.
4to. (4) ff., 490 pp. With woodcut of the St Thomas Cross on p. 59. Contemporary calf. F. (4) discoloured, lower margin of p. 59/60 & outer margin of p. 359/360 & p. 443/444 repaired, occasional damp-staining in margins, some discolouration in signatures L-N & T-Ss, small ink stain on p. 431.
Freire de Andrade’s biography of João de Castro was “one of the most popular books ever to appear in the Portuguese language . . . (His) work celebrates in an elegant and vigorous style the military and naval victories which the noble Castro won in the East, especially those in which he defeated Moorish forces . . . The texts of congratulatory letters from the king and his court to Castro are inserted to support the author’s unqualified praise of his hero and his celebration of the indomitable spirit of the Portuguese who fought by his side in India against numerous and powerful enemies” (Lach & Van Kley, Asia in the making of Europe, Vol. III, book I, pp. 350-351). One of the most colourful and celebrated Viceroys of Portuguese India, a courageous and magnanimous soldier, a skilful navigator and author of the Roteiros, João de Castro’s biography encompasses the history of mid-16th century Portuguese Asia, and incorporates many of its famous personalities.
Innocêncio III, 239. Pinto de Mattos 23. Welsh 4787. Scholberg, Bibliography of Goa & the Portuguese in India, DC 15.