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Maffei's account of the East and West Indies, together with his life of Ignatius of Loyola

MAFFEI, Giovanni Pietro.
Historiarum Indicarum Libri XVI.
Antwerp, Martinus Nutius, 1605.
With: (2) [MAFFEI, Giovanni Pietro]. Ignatii Loiolae vita, postremo recognita.
Antwerp, Martinus Nutius, 1605. 2 works in 1 volume (the first in 2 parts). 8vo. Contemporary vellum, remains of ties.
€ 3,500
Early 17th-century edition of a classic work on "the Indies", including both the West and East Indies, considered the best (Sabin) and the most complete (Borba de Moraes) of the many Latin editions. Most of Maffei's work is concerned with the Portuguese conquests and the Jesuit stations in India, the East Indies, and regions around the Arabian Sea to about 1557. The first 5 books appear to follow rather closely the model of Barros. Book VI, dealing with China and book XII, which is mainly concerned with Japan, are heavily indebted to Valignano's account of those countries. The second part includes a selection of Jesuit letters written from the Indies and translated by Maffei.
It is bound with Maffei's renowed life of Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus.
Several owners' entries on title-page of first work, some browning, new endpapers, binding slightly dirty, otherwise in good condition.
Ad 1: Alt-Japan-Katalog 916; Borba de Moraes, p. 509; Cordier, Japonica, col. 64; Lach I, pp. 325-326; Sabin 43773; ad 2: De Backer & Sommervogel V, col. 296.
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