1684 A New History of Ethiopia
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Early Edition, Folding Plates, Illustrated, Leather Binding, Scarce
The second English language edition of this work, appearing two years after the first, and translated from the German by J. P. Gent. ESTC reference R7119
The work of German orientalist scholar Hiob Ludolf, labelled 'the most illustrious name in Ethiopic scholarship' by Edward Ullendorff.
First published in Frankfurt in 1681, Ludolf's work provides a comprehensive study of the history, language, and culture of Ethiopia, which was then known as Abyssinia. His book was one of the first detailed studies of Ethiopia to be published in Europe and helped to introduce Ethiopian studies to a wider audience.
With the collation , B-H2, A-L4, 2A-3D4, 3E2, 3F-3H4. Despite the inconsistent pagination, the text is continuous.
Collated, illustrated with one plate of the Ethiopian alphabet (in place of the map seen in some copies; copies have one or the other), one double page genealogical table, and eight folding engraved plates, including the plate of the beheading of the Capuchin priests.
The book was highly influential in shaping European views of Ethiopia and was widely read by scholars and travellers in the centuries following its publication.
The second English language edition of this work, appearing two years after the first, and translated from the German by J. P. Gent.
ESTC reference R7119
In a half calf binding, with marbled paper covered boards. Externally, very rubbed, with losses of leather to back strip head and tail, and board perimeters. Joints starting, but firmly held. Front free endpaper, title page and following leaf detached, otherwise firmly bound. Pages significantly age toned due to paper type, with light spotting throughout. Chipping to fore edge of title page and following leaf.
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