Description[Leo Africanus] Jean Léon, L'Africain. Description de l'Afrique. Paris: Librairie d'Amérique et d'Orient, 1956. Two square octavo volumes in wrappers. Text in French. Illustrated wrappers are lightly faded. With signature of Graham W. Irwin. Bookplates. Very good. From the Professor John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana.
"Nouvelle edition." First, thus. Two square octavo volumes in wrappers. xvi, 319; -629. Translated from the Italian by A. Épaulard. Illustrations, maps. With signature of Graham W. Irwin, director of Columbia University's African Institute (1974-1983).
Joannes Leo Africanus (c. 1494-c.1554) was an Arab diplomat, author, and Muslim intellectual best known for this, his book describing North Africa, originally titled Descrittione dell'Africa. Thought to be Shakespeare's inspiration for the character of Othello.
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