Diccionario da linga Bunda, ou Angolense, explicada na Portugueza e Latina, Bernardo Maria de Cannecattim, Na Impressao Regia, Lisboa, 1804, 720 pp plus errata, 6.25 x 8.25, original full leather, 8vo. Boards show typical wear with light scuffing, edge wear.
Leather remains soft and rich in color. Bottom compartment of spine has been damaged with binding show. Cracking of leather and light soiling. Morocco label in nice shape with gilt work present.
Front fly leaf is slightly torn, but intact. Johannes Rahder of Yale University library stamping throughout. Royal stamp on front title page. Modern marginalia on rear of first leaf and title page.Old hand ownership name on title page as well. First edition of this magnificent and throughout work, pioneer in the study of Central African languages. An incredibly rare, royally imprinted dictionary of sub-Saharan African language. Compiled by Bernardo Maria de Cannecattim, an Italian Capuchin missionary from Palermo, was prefect of the missions to Angola and the Congo.
His preface notes the necessity of communication in Mbunda for advancing the Roman Catholic faith amongst the Angolan people. This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "robinrarebooks" and is located in this country: US.
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