Freire de Andrade, Jacinto (1597-1657) The Life of Dom John de Castro, the Fourth Vice-Roy of India.
Freire de Andrade, Jacinto (1597-1657) The Life of Dom John de Castro, the Fourth Vice-Roy of India. London: for Henry Herringman, and are to be sold at his Shop at the Sign of the Anchor on the Lower Walk in the New Exchange, 1664. First edition, folio, variant with errata; illustrated with engraved frontispiece portrait of Castro, full-page engraving bound opposite dedication, double-page engraved plan of Dio, one text leaf torn with losses to a few words (repaired), a few other bottom outside corners torn with loss of blank margin, bound in contemporary full speckled calf, rebacked, 11 1/4 x 7 1/2 in.
D. João de Castro (1500-1548) was a Portuguese nobleman, explorer, and fourth viceroy of Portuguese India. He spent an adventurous youth traveling east with Vasco da Gama's son, Estêvão. He formed strong opinions about navigation. "This science of navigation is poorly distributed among the men, or because they act like idiots, which for a long time and continuous exercise they reach many particulars, though with all their works are never to gain authority in their office, or those who have no experience, but with much learning and great practice in the science of mathematics, reached the shadow of this art but not the true science."
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