LOBO, JERÓNIMO, S.J. A Short Relation of the River Nile, of its Sourse and Current . . . and of other Curiosities. , 105 pages, including initial license leaf. 8vo, 139x85 mm, early 19th-century calf, joints worn and starting, few minor stains on covers; margins trimmed with slight loss to some sidenotes, stain in outer margin on verso of license leaf. 19th-century signature of James Chester and bookplate of George Windybank; signature of the astronomer George Ellery Hale (1868-1938). London: John Martyn, 1669
first edition in english of an excerpt from the unpublished Portuguese original work on Ethiopia by the Jesuit missionary Lobo (1593-1678). The account of the geography and flooding of the Nile is followed by discussions of unicorns, Prester John, the Red Sea, and palm trees. Streit-Dindinger XVI, 254 and 647; Wing L2733.