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    Johannes Leo Africanus. A Geographical Historie of Africa. Written in Arabicke and Italian... Translated and collected by John Pory. London: Georg. Bishop, 1600. First edition in English. Folio in sixes (9.625 x 6.5 inches; 244 x 166 mm.). [8, title and preliminaries], 1-60, 1-420 pages. Title vignette ornament, historiated initials, tail-pieces. Π8 a-e6 A-2N6. Later half calf binding over brown diamond-patterned textured cloth; spine stamped in black and lettered in gilt with five raised bands; boards ruled in blind. All edges trimmed and stained red. Added flyleaves. Housed in custom brown leather clamshell; spine lettered in gilt. Areas of dark staining to cloth; calf scuffed at spine and rear corners; some mild rubbing to edges. Varied amount of toning to interior; scattered thumbsoiling and spot staining throughout. Lower corner of title page repaired. Small hole each in Π2 and Π3. Inking to last two leaves of gathering A; occasional, less pronounced marginal inking elsewhere. Narrow, short worm track at fore-edge of last few leaves of gathering M and first few of N, text not affected. Short tear at top edge of X1 and X2, about 1.25" long. Very good with bright interior. Lacking map. With "North Library" armorial bookplate of the Earls of Macclesfield, dated 1860, affixed to front pastedown, with handwritten press mark "65. F. 12."

    Published as a separate volume for the first time in Antwerp in 1556, this influential work of geography was written by renowned Moorish traveler and diplomat Johannes Leo Africanus, born al-Hasan ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan al-Fasi in Granada around 1494. Following his pilgrimage in Mecca in 1518 he was captured by Spanish corsairs and taken to Rome, where he was presented to Pope Leo X, who freed him and gave him a pension to entice him to remain in Rome as a court diplomat. He was soon baptized, adopting the name Leo. Reported to be the first descriptive account of Africa written by an African, the book was a longstanding geographical authority on its subject, and contained the first detailed description of the Barbary Coast. ESTC S108481; Sabin 40047.

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