The First English Edition of The Lusiad

    [Richard Fanshaw, translator]. Luis de Camoens. The Lusiad, or Portugals Historicall Poem... London: Humphrey Moseley, 1655. First edition in English. Quarto. [xxii], 224 pages. With portrait frontispiece of de Camoens and large portraits of Prince Henry of Portugal and Vasco de Gama (with edges neatly folded to fit into the binding). Bound in later full calf, boards double-ruled in gilt, spine tooled in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, brown gilt morocco lettering label, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endleaves. Binding worn, front board nearly detached, rear joint starting, spine chipped at edges, text toned and foxed, edges browned, title-page chipped, some leaves with tears and wear, frontispiece mounted with soiling and wear. With the ownership signatures and intertextual notes and symbols of Anglo-Indian writer and scholar, George Christopher Molesworth Birdwood (he wrote nearly a full-page of notes on the front binder's blank, and signed the title-page; there are also several symbols of the "whirlwind of life" throughout in the text). A fair copy.
    Wing C397. Pforzheimer 362.

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