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NUNES do LEÃO, Duarte

Descrição do Reino de Portugal.


Lisbon, Jorge Rodriguez, 1610.


8vo.  (12), 162 ff. (with errors in foliation).  Original vellum (spine worn).   Ownership signature on front free endpaper, slight spotting on f. 76 recto, ink annotations on f. 162 verso, lacks back free endpaper.

First edition of this notable work.   "The painstaking and talented Duarte Nunez de Leam (c. 1530-1608), born at Evora, son of the Professor of Medicine João Nunez . . wrote . . an interesting Descripção do Reino de Portugal . . which he finished in 1599" (Prestage, Portuguese Literature, p. 210).   The work includes valuable information about the towns and cities of Portugal, the geographical features, the gold and silver mines, precious stones, agricultural produce, citing the fertile plains of Alentejo with their abundant wheat harvests, of Portuguese saints, and the virtues of the Portuguese people.   This classic study was published posthumously by the author's nephew, who contributed the dedication and prologue.  

Innocêncio II, 211.  Arouca, Bibliografia das obras impressas em Portugal no séc. XVII, II, L 30.   Pinto de Mattos p. 339.  Palha 2741, "rare et estimé."  Ameal 1648.   Monteverde 3787, “muita rara.”   Earle, Portuguese writers and English readers, 510.   (Cf. Azevedo-Samodães 2241.)

£ 1500



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