RODRIGUEZ DE SAA E MENEZES, JUAN
Rebelion de Ceylan y los progressos de su conquista en el gobierno de Constantino de Saa y Norona. Lisbon: Antonio Craesbeeck de Mello, 1681
FIRST EDITION, 4to (206 x 144mm.), decorative head-pieces, woodcut tailpieces, contemporary mottled sheep, a few leaves browned, minor worming, rubbed
A VERY RARE WORK. An important first-hand account of the battles of the Portuguese, against the Dutch and the natives in Ceylon during the first half of the seventeenth century. The Dutch, under admiral Spilberg, had landed on the east coast of the island in 1602 (some 100 years after the first arrival of the Portuguese) and induced the natives to help them in expelling the Portuguese. This was finally achieved in 1658. The present work deals with events occurring in 1623-1630 when the author's father, Constantino de Saa e Noronha, was governor.
Ownership stamp to title; ""L[ibro] de An[tonio] Roiz da Ascensaó: comprado em 20 de Jullo[Julio] al 1743. Alias da Pedro Roiz", inscription at end
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