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  • Vespucci, Amerigo]

    Published by Princeton, 1916

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    32pp. Original gilt cloth. About fine. In dust jacket. Reprints in facsimile Vespucci's 1504 Soderini letter.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM8077

  • Vespucci, Amerigo]

    Published by Princeton, 1916

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    166pp. Gilt cloth. About fine. In dust jacket with tears at spine. Facsimile reprint of the 1508 text.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM8079

  • Botta, Charles: Otis, George Alexander

    Published by Nathan Whiting, New Haven, Ct, 1834

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    Two volumes. 472; 468pp. plus 12 engraved plates. Original cloth-backed green paper, leather label. Boards worn and soiled, top half of spine away but still attached on volume one, hinges loose. Spine on volume two with tears but intact. Modern bookplates on rear pastedowns. Ownership signature on front flyleaves. Light foxing. Untrimmed. Fair. Third edition of this important early history of the American Revolution, first published in Italian in 1809. In a letter to John Adams, Jefferson wrote that Botta (despite his habit of putting unattributed words into the mouths of his speakers), produced a history of the Revolution "with more detail, precision and candor than any writer I have yet met with." "Most valuable history of the Revolution up to its date" - Howes. HOWES B636. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 23508. REESE, REVOLUTIONARY HUNDRED 96 (ref).

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  • Botta, Charles: Otis, George Alexander

    Published by A. Fullarton and Co., Edinburgh, London, and Glasgow, 1844

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    573pp. 4to. Contemporary three-quarter calf over cloth, leather label. Edges rubbed, some chipping. Mild toning, internally clean. Modern bookplate to rear pastedown. Very good. Later English edition of this important early history of the American Revolution, first published in Italian in 1809. "Most valuable history of the Revolution up to its date" - Howes. HOWES B636. REESE, REVOLUTIONARY HUNDRED 96 (ref).

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM50025

  • Mexico-Sardinia Treaty]

    Published by [Mexico, 1856

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    10pp., printed in double-column format in parallel Spanish and Italian. Folio. Gathered signatures. Very good. Commercial treaty with Sardinia, then including northern Italy.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM10728

  • Canovai, Stanislao]

    Published by [Firenze, 1789

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    16pp. Small quarto. Modern half morocco and cloth. Very good. The author is known for his ELOGIO D'AMERIGO VESPUCCI.(Florence 1788) in which he describes Vespucci as the true discoverer of America and dismisses Columbus as an imposter. Sabin lists a variant title. The NUC notes only the Lenox copy at New York Public. SABIN 10706 (ref).

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM19348

  • United States Constitution]

    Published by Presso Sonzogno e Compagni, Milan, 1814

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    44pp. 19th-century marbled wrappers. Modern bookplate inside front wrapper. A bit of light foxing. Very good. Untrimmed. In a half morocco and cloth folding case, spine gilt. Early Italian printing of the United States Constitution, preceded in this volume by the Articles of Confederation. This appears to be one of the earliest Italian printings of the Constitution, possibly preceded only by a 1797 "Filadelphia" printing.

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  • Canovai, Stanislao

    Published by Firenze, 1788

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    viii,80pp. Lacks frontispiece portrait. Contemporary blue paper wrappers. Spine perished, front wrapper detached. Discreet ink stamp on titlepage. Very minor scattered foxing, but generally quite clean internally. Very good. The author devoutly believes that Vespucci, who was a Tuscan by birth, was the discoverer of America, and that Columbus was an impostor. Though he is quite insistent in this belief, the work is still useful for its biographical details of Vespucci. SABIN 10704. PALAU 42410.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM41523

  • Polo, Marco

    Published by Venice, 1829

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    xxii,[2],397pp. Antique-style three-quarter calf and marbled boards. Very good. Later edition of Marco Polo's travels in Asia. A relatively scarce Italian edition, with fewer than twenty copies recorded in OCLC.

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    134pp. Original printed wrappers. Wrappers worn at extremities, heavier along spine, minor dust soiling along top edge. Overall internally clean. Very good, untrimmed and unopened. A scarce history of Beltrami's exploration of the upper Mississippi with the Long expedition. "He undertook a hazardous and lonely journey in his search for the sources of the Mississippi and other rivers, in which he claimed success" - Clark. Beltrami was a native of Bergamo. SABIN 73116. CLARK II:182 (ref). OCLC 18392597.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM30219

  • [1]p. Old folds, light spotting, pasted down at corners, one short horizontal fold separation. Very good. Accompanied by an engraved portrait of "Carlo Botta." An interesting personal correspondence from Italian historian Charles Botta, written to the translator of his book on the American Revolution, first published in English in Philadelphia as HISTORY OF THE WAR OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA in 1820. The recipient of this letter was George Alexander Otis, a Boston attorney and translator of Botta's work from its original Italian. Botta, a physician in the French army as well as an historian, is chiefly remembered for his 1824 history of Italy, and for his account of the American Revolution. Botta's letter acts as a letter of introduction for his friend, Baron Crivelli. Accompanied by an English translation, which reads: "Baron Crivelli plans to visit your lovely country; I believe he will have a moment to visit you in Boston. Please do welcome him as a longtime dear friend of mine who will probably become one of yours. I will feel much obliged if you do all you can for him, proving thus that it is not in vain that it is said that North America is the country of hospitality. I gave several months ago to Mr. [Jared] Sparks two copies of my History of Italy from 1789 to 1814, which he said he would bring to you. One is in Italian, the other one in French. I hope that you have them now in your possession." Botta letters are exceedingly rare in the market, especially with any content related to America. This letter is not only written to Botta's American translator, but mentions Jared Sparks, American historian, educator, and minister. Otis and Sparks likely knew each other as fellow Bostonians, and shared a friend in Botta.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM52301

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    Mazzuchelli, Luigi

    Published by [Milan, 1849

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    482pp. including numerous illustrations. Engraved titlepage. Contemporary three- quarter green morocco and green pebbled cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Gilt ornamental endpapers. Minor browning. Very good. A presentation copy, inscribed from the author to an unnamed person, dated 1861, on front fly leaf. A fine work on numismatics, with engravings of 684 silver and 563 gold coins from around the world. Contains numerous samples of North and South American coinage. The author was for many years a missionary to Indian tribes in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and wrote a book (now very rare) about his employment there. A lovely work. Rare. Not on OCLC.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM31478

  • Broadside, approximately 10 3/4 x 8 inches. In Spanish and Italian. Small numerical ink inscription following first line. Some foxing and light staining. Very good. A curious and unrecorded imprint celebrating the anniversary of Chile's independence with a patriotic song in Italian. The song, dedicated by a group of Italian professors to Chile's Supreme Director Bernardo O'Higgins, is printed in parallel columns in Italian and Spanish. During the first years of independence, it was common in Chile to contract foreign professors for the teaching of various discipline - in this case, probably literature.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM39284

  • Seller image for IL VIAGGIO ALL' INDIE ORIENTALI DEL PADRE F. VINCENZO MARIA DI S. CATERINA DA SIENA PROCURATOR GENERALE DE' CARMELITANI SCALZI.DIVISO IN CINQUE LIBRI. [bound with:] SECONDA SPEDITIONE ALL' INDIE ORIENTALI DI MONSIGNOR SEBASTIANI. for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    [16],516,[19]; 147,[5]pp. Small quarto. Contemporary vellum, gilt title on spine. Some persistent dampstaining in lower gutters of many leaves, titlepage bit tanned. Lacking four preliminary leaves of index and dedication, otherwise very good and quite clean. First published in Rome in 1672, this 1683 edition is the first to contain the SECONDA SPEDITIONE ALL' INDIE ORIENTALI of Giuseppe di Sebastiani, which has its own titlepage. An early, very detailed account of travel in India by a Carmelite missionary. The NUC locates only four copies, at Indiana University, Ohio University, Harvard, and Yale.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM24640

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    Botero, Giovanni

    Published by Giacomo Mascardi, Rome, 1615

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    16pp. Later speckled paper boards. With the bookplate from the stock and reference library of H.P. Kraus on front pastedown. Minor separation of spine paper from rear joint. Very minor foxing. A very good copy. In a half morocco box. The present work is a rare separate edition of an earlier work by Giovanni Botero, first published in 1586. Botero's letter, written in 1584 and published as part of EPISTOLARUM.CAROLI CARDINALIS BORROMAEI NOMINE SCRIPATRUM., was composed on behalf of his patron, Carlo Borromeo, to Cardinal Antonia Carafa. In the letter Botero details the Christian rituals observed by Portuguese and Spanish explorers and compares them to those of the native customs of New Spain (Mexico), Ethiopia, and Japan, remarking especially on the similarities between them. He concludes that the vestiges of Christianity were evidence of early apostolic missions to these lands. Botero was not only one of the greatest economists of the 16th century, he was one of the leading historical and political commentators of his time. An avid student of theology, Botero spent his early years preparing to take vows as a Jesuit missionary, but was prohibited from doing so as a result of his political activity. Carlo Borromeo, the Archbishop of Milan, found Botero a position as a secular priest and then soon after offered him the post as his secretary. It was during this time that Borromeo composed his letter to Cardinal Carafa, referencing the Jesuit letters of Peter Martyr, Ramusio, and Barros, as evidence of the Jesuit influence. An important early statement in support of the theory that early vestigial traces of the church could be detected from the beliefs and practices being uncovered by contemporary Jesuit voyages to Asia and the New World. This edition is not listed in EUROPEAN AMERICANA, although the work on which it was based is included. Lach, ASIA IN THE MAKING EUROPE II, Book 2, pp.236-37.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM39265

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    Ferrer Maldonado, Laurent

    Published by Dalla Tipografia di Giovanni Silvestri., Milano, 1811

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    [4],98,[1]pp., errata leaf, plus two folding sheets comprised of seven maps and a folding plan with three views. Half title. Tall quarto. Original limp paper- covered boards. Boards scuffed and slightly stained, small paper labels on each cover. Previous owner's library bookplate on front pastedown, light occasional foxing. Internally a fine, crisp copy. The second and best edition of this interesting work. Lada-Mocarski lists this edition rather than the first (Milan, 1810) as the preferable one. It is the supposed narrative of a voyage through the Polar Sea and the mythical Straits of Anian to the west coast of America in 1588, performed by Laurent Ferrer Maldonado. In 1609, Maldonado presented a document to Philip III entitled RELACION DEL DESCUBRIMIENTO DEL ESTRECHO DE ANIAN, in which he promoted a fabricated northern passageway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, which he called the Strait of Anian. He even included falsified reports with details on the terrain, flora, fauna, and encounters with humans during his voyage. Manuscript copies of Maldonado's report circulated over the next two centuries, with copies surfacing in 1781 in the library of the Duque de Infantado and again in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan. The Ambrosian librarian, Carlo Amoretti, believed in the authenticity of the narrative and saw it into print, later publishing a lengthy defense of Maldonado's claims. Skeptics quickly attacked the work, and by the mid- 19th century it had been established as spurious by further discovery, especially the earlier voyages of Malaspina and Vancouver, but at the time of publication it caused a lively debate and fueled further interest in northwest exploration. In fact, as late as 1818, John Barrow hedged his bets on the validity of Maldonado's assertions, and included the account in his epic collection of Arctic voyages. The first map included here, which takes up an entire folding sheet, traces Maldonado's supposed route through the polar region. The other six maps are contained on a single sheet and depict various points in the polar regions. The folding plan contains three topographical views of the Straits of Anian. "The views were designed by Maldonado to illustrate what he claimed were the landmarks of the strait, the location of the port and the place where he proposed to build fortifications. Amoretti also inserted some maps to show what the Strait of Anian looked like according to other authors, and a modern polar map on which he marked the course of Maldonado to Bering Strait, which he thus seemed to identify as Maldonado's Strait of Anian. The text is substantially the same as that of the document belonging to the Duque de Infantando. The work is interesting because of Amoretti's cartographical history of the Strait of Anian and the later Russian voyages" - Wagner. Though an apocryphal voyage, Maldonado's work informed and energized generations of northwest and Arctic explorers, and helped fix the gaze of explorers on discoveries such as the Bering Strait and the Northwest Passage. HOWES F95. LADA-MOCARSKI 66. WICKERSHAM 6644. LANDE 20. SABIN 44109. HILL 597. HOWGEGO, IMAGINARY VOYAGES AND INVENTED WORLDS M10. Henry R. Wagner, "Apocryphal Voyages to the Northwest Coast of America" in PROCEEDINGS OF THE AMERICAN ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY, Vol. 41, Part I, April 1931, pp.179-234.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM54302

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    Xerez, Francisco de

    Published by Stampato per Stephano da Sabio, [Vinegia (i.e. Venice), 1535

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    [62] leaves. Small quarto. Later vellum over boards, manuscript title on spine. Corners bumped and lightly worn. Armorial bookplate on front pastedown. Several leaves lightly dampstained. Light scattered soiling. Very good. As one of the "Men of Cajamarca," Francisco de Xerez holds a very special place among writers on the earliest period of Spanish contact with the Inca of Peru: he was there from day one, a member of the very small band of men who left Panama with Pizarro and Almagro to seek fame and fortune in South America. At Cajamarca he participated in the taking of the Inca leader, Atahualpa, the slaughter of his army, and the sharing of the ransom demanded of the Inca nation for the return of their leader. By training Xerez was a notary public and practiced writer, and he was by choice Pizarro's secretary/confidant, the two having been close since at least 1524, when they met in Panama. In 1534, when he returned to Spain, Xerez took with him his share of the wealth of Atahualpa, a broken leg, and a tale to tell that was significant, stirring, and in fact tellable by no other man. He conceived of his book as being at once a socially and politically useful celebration of Pizarro's deeds and his own, a celebration of the glory of Spain expressing itself in a remote and wondrous New World, and as a true entertainment cast in the tradition of the romance of chivalry - not surprisingly, it was a blockbuster. Xerez's eyewitness account of the conquest of Peru was originally published in Spain in 1534 as the VERDADERA RELACIÓN DE LA CONQUISTA DEL PERU Y PROVINCIA DEL CUZCO LLAMADA LA NUEVA CASTILLA. Demand for news of the new, "exotic" kingdom of Peru, which had only been conquered in 1532, was found to be keen not only in Spain but all across Europe, leading to this rapid translation into Italian from the original Spanish. Appended to Xerez's account (fols. [43v] to [55r]) is a translation of Miguel de Estete's account of Pizarro's army's journey from Cajamarca to Pachacamac and then to Jauja. Estete was also present at Cajamarca and is said to have been the first Spaniard to lay hands on Atahualpa. Both of these first translations into Italian are from the pen of Domingo de Gaztelu (secretary of Don Lope de Soria, Charles V's ambassador to Venice) and are taken from the second edition of the Spanish- language original. The text is printed in roman type and has a large heraldic woodcut device on the titlepage and a xylographic printer's device on the verso of the last leaf. CHURCH 73. HARRISSE 200. SABIN 105721. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 535/21. HUTH 1628. BM STC, ITALIAN, p.738. MEDINA, BHA 95. JCB I:119.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM40535B