Early History of Ethiopia

    Job Ludolphus. [Hiob Ludolf]. A New History of Ethiopia. Being a Full and Accurate Description of the Kingdom of Abessinia, Vulgarly, though Erroneously called the Empire of Prester John. Wherein are Contained I. An Account of the Nature, Quality and Condition of the Country, and Inhabitants; their Mountains, Metals, and Minerals; their Rivers, (particularly of the source of the Nile and Niger;) their Birds, Beasts, amphibious Animals, (as the River Horse and Crocodile;) Serpents, &c. II. Their Political Government; the Genealogy and Succession of their Kings ... III. Their Ecclesiastical Affairs; their Conversion to the Christian Religion ... IV. Their Private Oeconomy, their Books and Learning; their Common names... London: Printed for Samuel Smith, 1682.

    First edition. Folio. [viii], 398 pages. Complete with eight copper plates, seven of which are folding, folding genealogical table, and plate of Ethiopic alphabet. No map called for.

    Contemporary leather with titles stamped in gilt on a re-backed spine. Moderate shelf wear to the boards with corners badly scuffed. Old repair to bottom back corner. Replaced endpapers. Front and back hinges cracked but sound. Scattered foxing throughout with occasional small stains. Still, a sound and complete copy in very good condition.

    Said to have mastered twenty-five languages, Hiob Leutholf, or Ludolf, a celebrated German scholar, nursed a scheme to foster relations between Abyssinia and Europe. However, his dream of furthering scientific and commercial transactions came to nothing. This is still a valuable work, and of special interest for its account of Abyssinian literature and natural history. The first grammar of Amharic, the national language of Ethiopia, was published by Hiob Ludolf in 1698. Wing L3468.

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