London: Printed for the Hakluyt Society, 1874. First Edition thus. Decorative Cloth. Translated from the 1557 Marburg edition by Albert Tootal, with preface, introduction, and annotations by Richard F. Burton. Demy 8vo (218 x 134mm): 12,xcvi,169,pp. Publisher's original light blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, fancy blind border on covers enclosing central vignette (gilt on upper cover, in blind on lower) of the ship "Victoria"; edges rough-trimmed; pale yellow end papers. Armorial book plate to front paste down of Thomas Courtney Theydon Warner (1857-1934), Member of Parliament; lieutenant-colonel of the 3rd battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry; High Sheriff of Essex, and developer of the Warner Estates in Walthamstow and Waltham Foreest and other vast real-estate holdings. Spine toned (but gilt bright), firmly bound, crisp, and clean. An excellent example. Casada 79 ("Burton's contribution to the work was substantial.") Penzer, pp. 90-91. Field 1489. Fine-. Item #BB1695
Autobiography of a German soldier of fortune, who was captured by cannibalistic Indians in eastern Brazil during the sixteenth century. Originally published, in 1557, as Warhaftige Historia und beschreibung eyner Landtschafft der Wilden Nacketen, Grimmigen Menschfresser-Leuthen in der Newenwelt America gelegen (True Story and Description of a Country of Wild, Naked, Grim, Man-eating People in the New World, America). This edition published as no. 51, Part II, of the Hakluyt Society's First Series. Burton wrote the introduction and added extensive footnotes. He discovered the text while on an extensive visit to Brazil to study the indigenous Indian languages, excavating early Portuguese forts, and searching for gold. Stade's is one of the earliest descriptions of Brazil, detailing minutely the incidents of his long captivity, his intercourse and battles with the natives, his sufferings and final escape. Southey called it “a book of great value and all subsequent accounts of the Tupi tribes rather repeat than add to the information which it contains.” N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).