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Rare first and only edition of "one of the classic source books for the recapture of Bahia" (1625)
from the Dutch, including the folding plate

GUERREIRO, Bartolomé.
Jornada dos Vassalos da Coroa de Portugal, pera se recuperare a Cidade do Salvador, na Bahya de Todos os Santos, tomada pollos Olandezes, a oito de Mayo de 1624. & recuperada ao primeiro de Mayo de 1625.
Lisbon, Mattheus Pinheiro, 1625. Small 4to. With a folding plate of the Portuguese fleet observing the Bay of Todos os Santos. Contemporary, richly blind-tooled hair-sheep skin(?), sewn on 4 supports. Rebacked, with a gold-tooled spine including the title in gold. 74 ll.
€ 18,500
First and only edition of a rare account of the Jornada dos Vassalos, the Spanish-Portuguese recapture of Salvador de Bahia from the Dutch West India Company in 1625, written down by the Portuguese Jesuit Bartolomé Guerreiro (1564-1642). After the Dutch captured Salvador de Bahia from the Portuguese in May 1624 under the command of admiral Jacob Willekens and the brilliant vice-admiral Piet Hein, King Philip IV of Spain and Portugal, ordered the army and naval task force to retake the city. After besieging the city for several weeks beginning on 1 April 1625, they recaptured it. The city was strategically important as a Portuguese base in their struggle against the Dutch for the control of Brazil, as it was for the Dutch an important commercial interest, because of the many trading networks they established there for the Dutch West Indian Company (WIC).
"The Jornada dos Vassalos has for many years been considered a rare work" (Borba de Moraes). According to Borba de Moraes, two editions of the work exist and "both editions are equally rare". The present copy is the edition with the taxa printed on the verso of the title-page and with the errata printed on the last page. Borba de Moraes also calls for a slip of paper ( "Advertencia") pasted in or loosely inserted at the end of the Prologo, but it is lacking in almost every copy of this edition. Borba de Moraes also states that copies containing the folding plate are even rarer, "and this plate, in point of fact, is always very faint". The plate is present in our copy, being very legible and well-printed, in contrast to the statement in Borba de Moraes. The work is scarce on the market. Altogether a highly interesting account of the Dutch capture of Salvador de Bahia and the Portuguese recapture of this principal Brazilian city, all from a Portuguese point of view, proudly recounting in great detail this important episode in the Dutch-Portuguese and Brazilian history.
With an owner's inscription of Lourenco (?) Pires de Carvalho on the title-page and the library stamp of Casa de Cadaval on both the title-page and the verso of the folding plate. Also with written former shelfmarks and an auction label dated 28 June 1952 on the first free endpaper and a few marginal annotations. Binding slightly rubbed and worn with some small restorations to the edges and rebacked. A few stains and some minor browning throughout, three leaves with a small marginal wormhole, but otherwise in good condition. Aldin & Landis 625/110; BMC STC Spanish & Portuguese (1601-1700), G367; Borba de Moraes I, p. 380 ("One of the classic source books for the recapture of Bahia"); De Backer & Sommervogel III, 1912 (2); Iberian Books 44864; Innocencio I, 332, 53; JCB II, p. 192; Porbase 83515; Rodrigues I, 1168; Sabin 36658; USTC 5009923.
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