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SOUSA, Joao de [translator]. Documentos arabicos para a historia portugueza...

Lisboa [i.e. Lisbon]. Officina da Academia Real das Sciencias, 1790. First edition.
8vo. Two volumes bound as one [8], 190, [2]; xx, 160pp, [2]. Arabic and Portuguese text printed in parallel columns. Contemporary gilt-tooled calf, contrasting red and black morocco lettering-pieces. Extremities rubbed and a trifle marked. Endpapers browned, inked inscription to recto of FFEP: 'Douglas Morton Dunlop / Lisboa / July, 1959', early book-label of Jose Caetano da Silva to title page, scattered spotting and light damp-staining.
The sole edition of the Arabic text and Portuguese translation of official state correspondence preserved at the royal archives at Torre do Tombo. Archbishop of Lisbon Joao de Sousa (1647-1710) translated 58 letters exchanged between King Manuel and King Joao III of Portugal and various Arab rulers during the first half of the sixteenth century. The subjects of the correspondence range from diplomatic and legal matters to trading regulations for Christians in Africa and India.

Douglas Morton Dunlop (1909-1987) was a renowned British orientalist and scholar of Islamic and Eurasian history, sometime Professor of History at Columbia University, New York.
£ 625.00 Antiquates Ref: 22365