Maffei - Historiarum Indicarum - 1590

Maffei - Historiarum Indicarum - 1590
Histoire coloniale, Voyages et découvertes - Quantité : 1 - Avec étui - Livre

Expanded Comini edition of the History of the East Indies (Historiarum Indicarum), written on behalf of Henry I of Portugal, containing the first ever published description of the tea plant.

An important work on the oldest missions in America, India and Japan, written in Lisbon using the original sources of the Jesuits. Particularly important work on China, of which it describes the culture, products, trade and imperial bureaucracy for a very curious European audience.

It contains the first published account of the tea plant, a commodity that would influence China's contact with the West for centuries to come. Despite the title, the Historiarum Indicarum is not only about the Indies, but is a chronicle of Portuguese activity around the world: it includes the travels and discoveries of Amerigo Vespucci, the journey and astrolabe of Martin Behaim, the discovery of Columbus of the Canary Islands and other issues related to the Americas, especially Brazil. Borba de Moraes: “Writes extensively about Brazil, describing it very accurately... Birckmann reprinted Maffei's work several times, the first in 1589, a good edition.”

The historian Maffei spent years in Lisbon, consulting the original documents about the Portuguese colonies in the different territories in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar), Ceylon, Maldives, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
The first historical and scientific treatise based on original documents and verified with the still living protagonists of the different Portuguese colonies.

Rare edition published in the birthplace of the author. The work, the subject of numerous reprints, was an essential source for the knowledge of the Far East and the New World. Br. Libr., p. 402. Brunet, III, 1290. Graesse, IV, p. 344. Chadenat, 4593. Not in Adams.

Giovanni Pietro Maffei, (Bergamo, 1533 – Tivoli, 1603), was an Italian historian and writer.
At the request of Henry I of Portugal, who wanted to have a history of Portuguese colonial enterprises in the Indian Ocean drawn up, he commissioned Maffei, then a historian of some renown, to fulfil this task.
In 1579 the historian from Bergamo was in Lisbon, intent on consulting the archives of the Portuguese Crown to write the history of western missions in India.
The work was published in folio in Florence in 1588 under the title Indicarum Historiarum libri XVI and is the author's masterpiece. Re-published several times, the History of the East Indies was translated into French by François Arnault di Borie and into Italian by Francesco Serdonati in 1806.

Maffei returned to Italy in 1584. The next fifteen years of his life were difficult. Feeling not understood, as well as accused of having led the production of denigrating press against the work of the Preposito Mercuriano, the Bergamo native often visited Piacenza, Milan, Perugia and Siena. When he couldn't avoid attending Rome, Maffei stayed in Tivoli. The situation improved when the new Superior General, Claudio Acquaviva, commissioned the historian from Bergamo to draw up some lives of saints and a history of the pontificate of Pope Gregory XIII.
The drafting of this last work cost Maffei several enmities within the Roman Curia. As he himself wrote: "It is impossible to write the truth without hurting the feelings of many." The historian made a formal request to be relieved of his duties in 1593 but Acquaviva refused the revocation and the work was completed in 1597, to be printed only in 1742. Also posthumous will be the publication of the work in three volumes on the pontificate of Pope Sixtus V, which took place in 1746

and was carried out by Comino, a very cultured person, appreciated both for the contents and the number of books he printed, and for their typographic quality. The most famous and respected typographer from Bergamo: the city could never again boast a printer of equal value.

Coeval full parchment binding, crisp and well bound interiors, clear pages on thick paper, bright inks, browning, editorial brand. Pp. [32], 432; (2); Brand (Z572) on the title page Roman italics Segn.: a⁶b⁴c⁶A-2D⁸.
Beautiful woodcut initials and friezes. Editorial brand: Fortune above a dolphin in the middle of the sea holds a sail with her right arm. Motto: Bona fortunae on the title page darkened in contemporary ink. Ventura, Comino

Full title:
Ioannis Petri Maffeii Bergomatis e Societate Iesu Historiarum Indicarum libri 16
Bergomi : typis Comini Venturae, 1590
Maffei, Giovanni Pietro.

Informations du lot
Nombre de livres
Histoire coloniale, Voyages et découvertes
Auteur/ Illustrateur
Titre du livre
Historiarum Indicarum
Bon état
Année de publication de l’ouvrage le plus ancien
Langue originale
Bergomi : typis Comini Venturae
Avec étui
Nombre de pages
246×189 mm
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