Antwerp. 1542. 123 leaves. Modern vellum. Some spotting and thumbing, some occasional dampstaining. Small erasure and old ownership inscription on titlepage. Good. Item #WRCAM47771
One of the classic works on the different races of mankind, first published in Venice in 1520 and here present in the first edition to include American material. The most important addition to this edition is the text of Maximilianus Transylvanus' DE MOLUCCIS INSULIS, first published in 1523, here in its sixth appearance in print, following the four separate editions of 1523-24 and an Italian translation of 1536. All of the preceding editions are of the greatest rarity. One of the 1524 editions sold for 68,500 Australian dollars some years ago. The text is one of two contemporary narratives of the first circumnavigation of the globe, in this case an account dictated to an official of the Spanish court, Maximilianus. The present edition of Boemus also includes Jacob Ziegler's DE REGIONABUS SEPTRIONALIBUS, first published in Strasbourg in 1532, describing Greenland and Canada. An important collection. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 542/3. SABIN 106330n. HARRISSE BAV ADDITIONS 136. PALAU 31246.