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Book Number 3806 
Author Job Ludolph 
Title A New History of Ethiopia. Being a Full and Accurate Description of the Kingdom of Abessinia, Vulgarly, though Erroneously called the Empire of Prester John. In four books. Wherein are contained. I. An Account of the Nature, Quality and Condition of the Country, and Inhabitants; . II. Their Political Government; the Genealogy and Succession of Their Kings; a Description of Their Court, . III. Their Ecclesiastical Affairs; Their Conversion to the Christian Religion, and the Propagation Thereof, Their Sacred Writings, . IV. Their Private Oeconomy, Their Books and Learning; Their Common Names, their Dyet, Marriages, and Economy, their Mechanick Arts, and Trades, their Burials, their Merchandize and Commerce,&c. 
Date 1682 
Publisher Samuel Smith 
Place of Publication London 
Edition First English Edition 
Volume Information  
Cover Contemporary full calf with gilt rule, spine in 6 compartments of gilt raised bands, recent morocco gilt text on 2.  
Illustration 8 engraved folding double-page plates, folding double page map and double page genealogical table. 
Size Small folio 
Condition Occasional light browning on text; otherwise a very good copy. 
Provenance  
Pagination P. blanks, title, to the reader, contents, 1-398. 
Reference (Wing L3468; Cox I, 365) 
Translation Info J.P. Gent (translato 
Notes Ludolph learned oriental and the basics of Ethiopic from Bochard. His interest in Abyssinia led him to try to form a political alliance between that remote country and the powers of Europe. He traveled to England in 1683 to promote his scheme. In the end the Abyssinians themselves defeated his purpose. “Still a valuable work, and of especial interest for its account of Ethiopic literature. The English translation Lowndes characterizes as ‘a work full of recondite and important information on the origin of the Abyssinians, the climate, soil, production, etc.”  
Price (US$) 2750  
Short Description Book Africa General;Book Voyages General; 
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