Early Portuguese Books 1489-1600 in the Library of His Majesty the King of Portugal. Livros antigos Portuguezes 1489-1600 da Bibliotheca de Sua Majestade Fidelissima.

London: Printed at the University Press, Cambridge, and Published by Maggs Bros. 1929. One of 650 copies. First edition of this monumental study of early Portuguese books. It was the first comprehensive survey of Portuguese book decoration, woodcuts, and typography in the fifteenth and sixteenth century and remains an indispensable reference for books of that period. It includes many important books printed in Portugal in Spanish and others printed outside Portugal. There are a number of unique items, fully described here for the first time. With 22 facsimile plates, many printed in colors, and 474 other illustrations, many printed in black and red, depicting woodcuts, colophons, initial letters, printer’s marks, etc. A very good set. Full salmon-tan linen buckram with gilt spines. Portuguese arms stamped in gilt on front covers. Spines lightly faded, small nick in spine of Volume III. Three volumes, large quarto. lviiii], 633, [1]; [xii], 817, [1]; [xlii], 791, [1] pp. Item #15043

Manual II (1889-1932) was the second son of Charles I of Portugal. He was king of his country from 1908 to 1910, when he was overthrown in a revolution. He and the Royal Family escaped to England, where they enjoyed their large fortune, and he developed a splendid library at his estate at Fullwell Park. His Majesty was assisted in the production of this work by printer Walter Lewis, type designer Stanley Morison, and Emery Walker Ltd., who produced the fine plates.

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