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Itinerario del venerable varon Micer Luis patricio romano, en el qual cuenta mucha parte de la Ethiopia, Egipto y entrambas Arabias, Siria y la India (Itinerary of Ludovico di Varthema).

Ludovico BARTHEMA (Author)

Cristóbal de ARCOS (Translator)

Jacobo Cromberger (Printer)

Origin: Seville, XVI c.
Biblioteca Nacional de España.

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Facsimile. Old Books. Collection of Incunabula and Old Books.
21,5 x 30 cm.
57+3 crd.
114+6 crd.
30th May 2004.
Parchment on wooden board.
Presentation dust jacket cloth lined with gold engraved leather spine containing facsimile.
Numbered by notary and signed by the printer-publisher.
Specially made laid paper.
Optional: Study in Spanish: author yet to be determined. Included in
Bibliofilia Antigua X.
Numbered sheets from the second sheet to the penultimate sheet such as ij - lv. Text in Spanish in two columns. Gothic script in two font sizes. On the title page , a xylographical coat of arms can be seen, on top of a typographical title, the whole set inside an ornament made by 5 xylographical parts. Engraved initials.

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A highly important travel book of the Bolonian (there are conjectures about his origin and date of birth, towards 1465-1470) Lodovico Barthema or Varthema (he is cited both ways), who leaving Venice carried out an impressing voyage, of which he offers us a detailed and attractive description. He spent his last year of life in Rome, where he died in 1517. This work is on many occasions the oldest testimonial available on some of these regions. It is said in the book description that "Argumento de la obra" que "mouido con zelo y amor de ver con los ojos: lo que algunas vezes leia en Ptolomeo, Strabo, Plinio y en otros que de cosmographia e geographia scriuieron: determino encomendar su anima a Dios: y el cuerpo a los trabajos e variedad de fortuna: y dar una buelta a la mayor parte de la Asia e Africa: solamente aquellas cosas desseando ver que a nosotros eran ocultas". 

It's worth mentioning the name of the translator of this work, Cristóbal de Arcos, who was the chaplain of the Sevillian archbishop Diego de Deza. Apart from this work, we also know of other translations by him of the works of  Jacome Fontano La muy lamentable conquista y cruenta batalla de Rhodas (The very regrettable conquest and cruel battle of Rhoedes with several editions) and from Agostino Nifo Reprobación nuevamente ordenada contra la falsa prognosticación del diluvio que dizen que será el año de MDXXIIII por el ayuntamiento y conjunción de todos los planetas en el signo de Piscis.


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AC History of art / art & design styles
ACN History of art & design styles: c 1400 to c 1600
ACND Renaissance art
AFH Prints & printmaking
AFJ Other graphic art forms
DNF Literary essays
DSBD Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
HBJD European history
HBJF Asian history
HBJF1 Middle Eastern history
HBJH African history
HBLH Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
HBTM Maritime history
HBTP Historical geography
JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography
PST Botany & plant sciences
PSV Zoology & animal sciences
RGR Geographical discovery & exploration
WCS Antiques & collectables: books, manuscripts, ephemera & printed matter
WSSN3 Sailing
WTLC Classic travel writing

1D Europe
1DSE Spain
1DSEA Andalucia, Autonomous Community
1DST Itali
1F Asia
1FB Middle East
1FBS Syria
1FBX Arabian peninsula
1FK Indian sub-continent
1FKA India
1H Africa
1HBE Egypt
1HFG East Africa
1HFGA Ethiopia
2ADS Spanish
3JB c 1500 to c 1600