Item #194554 OLAUS MAGNUS. Description of the Northern Peoples , Rome 1555. Three Volumes. P. G. FOOTE.

OLAUS MAGNUS. Description of the Northern Peoples , Rome 1555. Three Volumes.

London. Published by Hakluyt Society, 1996- 1998. Translated by Peter Fisher & Humphrey Higgens, with Annotation derived from the Commentary by John Granlund abridged and augmented. Three volumes. Volume One. pp xcvi + 288, notes, black and white woodcuts in text, Volume Two. pp.v + 289 - 770, notes black & white woodcuts in text. Volume Three. pp.v+ 771 - 1248. indexes of persons, places & peoples, authors and subjects .
In original publishers light blue cloth hardcovers in complete protected dust wrappers. Very good. Item #194554

"The Swedish scholar and prelate, Olaus Magnus (1490-1557), last Catholic archbishop of Uppsala, lived the latter half of his life in exile. His devotion to his country and his people never faltered, nor his determination to give them a glorious place on the European cultural map by his writings. On his justly famous Carta Marina, published in Venice in 1539, he promised a fuller account of the North and its marvels. This he accomplished in January 1555 when he issued from his own press in Rome his magnificent Historia de gentibus septenrionalibus. This quarto volume of 815 pages, divided into 22 books and a total of 778 chapters, was lavishly illustrated with some 480 woodcuts, most of them closely relevant to the technical matters discussed by the author. The book was an immediate success, and half a dozen editions appeared in the century after Olaus's death. It became even better known in an epitome published in Antwerp in 1558, which was also frequently reprinted and translated. This appeared in English in 1658, but it is only with the present version, complete with illustrations, that the whole work is made available to the English-reading world."

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