• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2158

    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 175

    LUDOLF, Hiob (1624-1704). A New History of Ethiopia. Being a Full and Accurate Description of The Kingdom of Abessinia. London: Samuel Smith, 1682.

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    LUDOLF, Hiob (1624-1704). A New History of Ethiopia. Being a Full and Accurate Description of The Kingdom of Abessinia. London: Samuel Smith, 1682.

    2o (323 x 206 mm). Ethiopic alphabet, folding genealogical table, and 8 engraved plates (7 folding). (Some light browning, folding plates trimmed.) Early 18th-century mottled calf (upper joint splitting with cords sound, light rubbing). Provenance: Edmund Marsden (signature on front free endpaper); Rufus Marsden (signature, dated 1762 on front free endpaper).

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of Ludolf's Historica Aethiopica. Hiob Ludolf was a German-born scholar who became aquainted with Ethiopian language and culture through a monk from the Amhara province named Gregorius, whom he met while studying in Rome. This history, along with Ludolf's dictionaries and grammars of the Ethiopic language, were the principal resources for the study of the region for centuries of scholars. Wing L-3468.


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