5 April 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 13,750
Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000
SANTA TERESA, João José de (b. 1658). Istoria delle guerre del Regno del Brasilie accadute tra la corona di Portogallo, e la republica di Olanda. Rome: heirs of Corbelletti, 1698.
2 parts in one, 4° (290 x 208 mm). Separately titled and paginated, one-leaf index of the maps and plates with errata on verso at end of part II, woodcut floral and grotesque initials, head- and tail-pieces. Engraved allegorical title, engraved portrait in each volume of Pedro II and João IV, title and portraits by Benedictus Frajat after Antonio Horatio Andreas; 23 engraved maps and plates by Hubert Vincent and Giovanni Girolamo Frezza (one plate) after Andreas. (15 maps with margins extended, map 20 with 3-in. repaired tear crossing image.) (An intermittent pale marginal dampstain affecting three gatherings.) Contemporary vellum over pasteboard (one corner bumped).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE of an important work on Brazil. The author, a Portuguese Carmelite, spent most of his life in Italy. The Guerre "is one of the most sumptuous works published in the seventeenth century on a Brazilian subject. It received a five thousand cruzados subsidy from Pedros II and the most famous engravers of the period executed the engravings" (Borba de Moraes). The work was reissued in 1700 with a new title-page. SCARCE: no copy of this work has sold at auction since 1998. Alden & Landis 698/112; Borba de Moraes, 770-771; JCB(4) 368; Sabin 76793, 55498.
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