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First Latin edition of the most important Renaissance source of information on Africa

LEO AFRICANUS, Johannes.
De totius Africae descriptione, libri IX.
Antwerp, Johannes Laet, 1556. 8vo. With  printer's device on title-page. Later sheepskin, gold-tooled flat spine, each side with blind-tooled coat of arms.
€ 18,500
First Latin edition of a justly celebrated work on African geography by the Islamic scholar Hasan ben Muhamed el-Wazzan-ez-Zayyati (1485-1552), better known under his Latin name Johannes Leo Africanus. His work long remained the principal source of information on the geography of Africa in general and the Sudan in particular. He is thought to have written his description of Africa directly in Italian, although he certainly relied also on Arabic notes, some of which he might have composed while travelling in Northern Africa.
With owners' inscriptions and library stamps. Title-page slightly dirty and the prilims and last leaves with a faint waterstain. Spine slightly damaged and most of the tooling gone, front hinge reinforced, but otherwise in good condition.
Adams L-480; Belg. Typ. 1874; Gay 258; South African Bibliography III, p. 86.
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