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The Second Japanese Embassy to Europe


AMATI, Scipione. Historia del regno di Voxu del Giapone, dell, antichita, nobilta, e valore del suo re Idate Masamune... Rome, Giacomo Mascardi, 1615.

Very rare FIRST EDITION of this critical source for THE SECOND JAPANESE MISSION TO EUROPE of 1614, a Franciscan public relations event that sought to repeat the success of the first mission of 1585, which had been brilliantly engineered by their rivals the Jesuits and to inspire financial and political support.
$28,500


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BARTOLI’S ASIA
3 VOLUMES DEVOTED TO ASIA AND JAPAN


BARTOLI, Daniello. Dell’ Istoria della Compagnia di Giesu. L'Asia descritta dal P. Daniello Bartoli della medesima Compagnia. Parte Prima. Edizione terza accresciuta della missione al Mogor e della vita del P.Ridolfo Acquaviva. . Rome, Varese, 1667.

Very rare set of Bartoli’s three accounts of the Jesuit missions in Asia.
$18,500


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Pay Me My £25,000


[PHILIPPINES] DRAPER, Sir WILLIAM. Col.. Draper's answer to the Spanish Arguments, claiming the Galeon, and refusing payment of the ransom bills, for preserving Manila from pillage and destruction; in a letter addressed to the Earl of Halifax. London, J. Dodsley, 1764.

Scare first edition of this document relating to the British occupation of Manila during the Anglo-Spanish War of 1762-3, and an interesting case of international law.
$2,250


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Important for the Study of Early Portuguese Contacts with Asia


[INDIA] FREIRE DE ANDRADA, Jacinto / tr. WYCHE, Peter.. The Life of Dom John de Castro, the Fourth Vice-Roy of India ... Containing also a particular relation of the most famous siege of Dio ... . London, Henry Herringman, 1664.

First edition in English, first issue, of the most famous biography in the Portuguese language.
$8,000


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“THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE & POPULAR BOOK
ON MING CHINA TO APPEAR IN EUROPE” – LACH

“ONE OF THE OUTSTANDING BEST-SELLERS OF THE 16TH CENTURY”
– BOXER


GONZALEZ DE MENDOZA, Juan. Dell’ historia della China. Venice, Andrea Muschio, 1586.

Rare first Venetian edition of the Spanish Augustinian Juan Gonzalez de Mendoza’s (1545-1618) groundbreaking treatise on China, a work considered “the most comprehensive and popular book on Ming China to appear in Europe” (Lach, I.ii, p. 330). “One of the outstanding ‘best-sellers’ of the sixteenth century (Boxer, xvii).
$3,500


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