CAMOENS, Luis Vaz de. Os Lusiadas [The Lusiads]. Two volumes. WITH: Camoens: His Life and His Lusiads. Two volumes. WITH: The Lyricks. Two volumes. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1880, 1881, 1884. Six volumes in all. Small octavo, original gilt-stamped green cloth, uncut. $4800.First edition set of Richard Burton s translations of Camoens, with commentary volumes, inscribed by Burton in Volume I of the Lusiads, "With the Author s very best wishes, [in Arabic] Peace, Abdullah." Sets containing all six volumes are very scarce, and presentation inscriptions by Burton are extraordinarily scarce.First published in 1572, The Lusiads describes Vasco da Gama s 1498 discovery of the sea route around Africa to India, the very same route Camoens would take in 1553, when he was sent to India as a soldier. "Burton was attracted to Camoens as the mouthpiece of the romantic period of discovery in the Indian Ocean. The voyages, the misfortunes, the chivalry, the patriotism of the poet were to him those of a brother adventurer. In his spirited sketch of the life and character of Camoens it is not presumptuous to read between the lines allusions to his own career… Burton s aim was to present to modern English readers as much as might be of the influence that Camoens has exercised for three centuries upon the Portuguese… What to the unimaginative may seem nothing but a tour de force is in truth the highest manifestation of the translator s art" (DNB). Burton s translation "is absolutely wonderful… the Portuguese nation owes Burton a very considerable debt for making known to the English the works of their greatest poet. Burton put his soul into Camoens chiefly because he so thoroughly sympathized with his hero. There was much in common between the two, both were great patriots who had been neglected by their country, both endured the bitterest disappointments without a murmur, both had suffered much in foreign lands. When a man knows a language thoroughly as Burton did Portuguese, and can add to it a sympathy with his hero, such as in this case, the qualifications for a perfect translator are practically complete" (Penzer, 15). Biographer Edward Rice notes that Burton s "later handwriting changed into near illegibility," a statement certainly true of the cramped hand of the inscription in Volume I of the present copy (Rice, 117). While operating undercover as a Pathan doctor, "the name that he took was Al-Haj (the pilgrim) Abdullah, as he used ever afterwards to sign himself in Arabic characters," as here (DNB). Penzer, 103-106. Bookbinder tickets; armorial bookplates in Volumes III and IV (Life).Light rubbing and soiling to publisher s cloth bindings, a few inner hinges repaired. Near-fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 55564
Title: Lusiads, Lyricks
Publication Date: 1880
Edition: First Edition.
Book Description Bernard Quaritch, London, 1894. Hardcover. First Editions. 471, 738, 540. 17 x 11.5 cm. Translated by Richard Burton and edited by Isabel Burton. "Os Lusiadas" is often regarded as Portugal's national epic, much in the way as Virgil's Aeneid was for the Ancient Romans, or Homer's Iliad and Odyssey for the Ancient Greeks. Burton's translation was originally intended to comprise ten volumes, only six were published. Glossary, and Opinions Of The Press. PENZER, p.103-105. Bright set, slight rubbing to backstrip extremities, bookplates and owner signatures. Volume I is second issue. Uniformly bound in lime green cloth decorated and lettered in gilt by the Hansard Publishing Union. Teg. Very good. 6 vols. Seller Inventory # 21168
Book Description Bernard Quaritch, London, 1880. Hardcover (Original Cloth). Condition: Very Good Condition. First Edition. 1880, 1881, 1884. 6 volumes in green cloth, the first two volumes are the second issue, uniform in size with the others. Bookplates and bookseller tickets on front pastedowns, volumes 3 and 4 (Camoens: His Life and His Lusiads) more heavily worn, 4 with a small spot of blue pain on the front hinge, and volume 3 neatly rebacked in green cloth with the original spine laid back down. Light wear, rubbing to gilt and hinges, and a few lightly bumped corners otherwise. Still about very good over all. Slight scattered foxing and age toning internally, a bit heavier to the titles and endpapers. Originally published in 1572, it is the de facto national epic of Portugal, detailing in heroic form the voyages during the Age of Exploration. Penzer 105-106. Size: Octavo (8vo). 6-volume set (complete). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Over 3 kilos. Category: Poetry; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 044673. Seller Inventory # 044673
Book Description Bernard Quaritch, London, 1884. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. 6 volumes, xix, 250, -471, vii, 366, [369-738], 265, [269-540]p. Original green cloth with lightly worn gilt corners on front cover and gilt lettering on front covers and backstrips. 18cm. Minor soiling and wear. Leaves lightly browned. Each volume has the bookplate of Burke Casari, a Burton collector and enthusiast. Camoes was a great 16th century Portuguese poet. Burton projected at least four more Camoes-related volumes but they were apparently never published. [See Penzer's "Annotated Bibliography" at pages 103-106]. Isabel Burton was identified as editor of these rather scarce volumes. 1st ed. of these three two volume sets of Camoes-related Burton translations which were uniformly bound and also numbered I-VI on the backstrips. The "Os Lusiadas" volumes are the 2nd issue of the 1st ed., which is actually uniform in size and binding with the 1st eds. of the other 2 sets. Seller Inventory # 84965
Book Description Bernard Quaritch, 1880, 1881, 1884., London:, 1880. First editions. One-half crushed red morocco over marbled boards by Zaehnsdorf, spines decoratively gilt. Bookplate to each front pastedown, rubbing to extreme spine tips with minor color loss and retouching, overall near fine with hinges firm. Sometimes compared to Homer's Odyssey, The Lusiads is Camoens masterpiece and is considered by some to be Portugal's national epic. Burton's translation and work on Camoens was originally projected to be ten volumes but only six were ever produced. Penzer: Annotated Bibliography of Sir Richard Frances Burton, p.104. Seller Inventory # Embry 108490