Mendes Pinto in German
Wunderliche und Merckwürdige Reisen.
Amsterdam H. & D. Bloom 1671
First edition in German Small 4to, pp. [vi], 392, [1, colophon], [1, blank]; engraved additional pictorial title, 11 plates. Old parchment-backed boards, rear inner hinge broken. A very good, clean copy.
Cordier BS 2068; Morrison II, p. 334; Reiss & Auvermann 675
First published in Portuguese in 1614 and widely translated, Mendes Pinto's account of his mid sixteenth-century travels in China, Japan and elsewhere in Asia was one of the most popular travel books of the time. Its accuracy and authenticity have been much debated, but there is no denying its profound impact on the European imagination and its shaping of Western perceptions of the East. With four new plates designed for this edition.