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Itinerary of Ludovico di Varthema Facsimile Edition

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A highly important travel book of the Bolonian (there are conjectures about his origin and date of birth, towards 1465-1470) Lodovico Barthema or Varthema (he is cited both ways), who leaving Venice carried out an impressing voyage, of which he offers us a detailed and attractive description. 

He spent his last year of life in Rome, where he died in 1517.

This work is on many occasions the oldest testimonial available on some of these regions. It is said in the book description that "Argumento de la obra" que "mouido con zelo y amor de ver con los ojos: lo que algunas vezes leia en Ptolomeo, Strabo, Plinio y en otros que de cosmographia e geographia scriuieron: determino encomendar su anima a Dios: y el cuerpo a los trabajos e variedad de fortuna: y dar una buelta a la mayor parte de la Asia e Africa: solamente aquellas cosas desseando ver que a nosotros eran ocultas".

It's worth mentioning the name of the translator of this work, Cristóbal de Arcos, who was the chaplain of the Sevillian archbishop Diego de Deza.

Apart from this work, we also know of other translations by him of the works of  Jacome Fontano La muy lamentable conquista y cruenta batalla de Rhodas (The very regrettable conquest and cruel battle of Rhoedes with several editions) and from Agostino Nifo Reprobación nuevamente ordenada contra la falsa prognosticación del diluvio que dizen que será el año de MDXXIIII por el ayuntamiento y conjunción de todos los planetas en el signo de Piscis.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Itinerary of Ludovico di Varthema": Itinerario del Venerable Varon Micer Luis Patricio Romano, en el qual cuenta mucha parte de la Ethiopia, Egipto y entrambas Arabias, Siria y la India facsimile edition, published by Vicent Garcia Editores, 2004

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Itinerario del Venerable Varon Micer Luis Patricio Romano, en el qual cuenta mucha parte de la Ethiopia, Egipto y entrambas Arabias, Siria y la India

Valencia: Vicent Garcia Editores, 2004

  • Limited Edition: 3160 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Itinerary of Ludovico di Varthema: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

The facsimile, printed on specially made laid paper, is contained in a cloth-lined presentation case with gold engraved leather spine. Size with case 30.3 x 23.2 x 3.1 cm.

This edition does not include an accompanying commentary volume. A book in Spanish, "Bibliofilia antigua X," includes a monograph on the original document and is sold separately.


Parchment on wooden board.

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