1809 The Lusiad, or The Discovery of India: The Epic Poem, Mickle. Fine binding.


An attractive fine binding and handsome marbled edges decorate this small early 19th century edition of the Portuguese epic poem.

About the Work -

Os Lusíadas, usually translated as The Lusiads, is a Portuguese epic poem by Luís Vaz de Camões (sometimes anglicized as Camoëns). It is often regarded as the most important work of Portuguese literature and is frequently compared to the Aeneid, Virgil's great epic poem. The work celebrates the discovery of a sea route to India by the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama (1469–1524). The ten cantos of the poem are in ottava rima and total 1,102 stanzas. Written in Homeric fashion, the poem focuses mainly on a fantastical interpretation of the Portuguese voyages of discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries. Os Lusíadas is often regarded as Portugal's national epic, much as Virgil's Aeneid was for the Ancient Romans, or Homer's Iliad and Odyssey for the Ancient Greeks. It was written when Camões was an exile in Macau and was first printed in 1572, three years after the author returned from the Indies.

Physical Attributes -

Measures 12 x 7 x 2.5 cm. Moroccan leather, with horizontal grain. Title in gilt on spine with three other gilt decorative compartments. Boards bordered by floral roll. Turn-ins have gilt also. Marbled endpapers. All edges marbled. Pages - (2), frontis, title, xcviii (introduction and history), 277, (2).

Condition -

See pictures. Crescent shaped moisture mark on top and bottom leather (from a cup!). Wear at corners, top of spine. Leather still has a nice feel. Some graphite bookseller notes at the front and back endpapers. No writing within the text block. Page iv, of the intro, has a 2 cm tear at fore-edge. Some dog-eared pages. Occasional foxing spots. Despite unfortunate stains, still a lovely small edition of this classic work.

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