Amsterdam, s.n. 1674.
12mo. [ii blank], [ii], 272p. Woodcut sphere on the title.
Contemporary marbled wrappers (defective), manuscript paper spine label, uncut.
Signature of the colorful collector Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun (1655-1716). I quote Ian Jackson (in part): “The book chronicles the separation of the Kingdom of Portugal from the Spanish monarchy…. After the failure of Monmouth’s Rebellion, 1685, Fletcher had escaped to Spain, through which (after a brief imprisonment) he had traveled, collecting books as he went…[this] would have provided obvious source material for Fletcher’s Machiavellian Discorso delle cose di Spagna (‘Napoli’, i.e. Edinburgh, 1698)…. So ardent a patriot, however, could hardly have written of Portugal, Spain and Naples without having previously made a mental transposition of those places to Scotland, England and Edinburgh”. This copy traveled light. ¶Willems, Bibliotheca fletcheriana 34 & rear cover.Item #09594