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[Vespucci, Amerigo] Bandini, Angelo Maria. Vita E Lettere Di Amerigo Vespucci Gentiluomo Fiorentino Raccolte E Illustrate Dall' Abete Angelo Maria Bandini.

Firenze [Florence]: Stamperia All' Insegna di Apollo, 1745. Small quarto 227 x 170mm. lxxvi, 128pp. Small engraving on title, folding genealogical chart, one full page engraved plate, woodcut diagram, numerous woodcut tailpieces.Bound without the errata leaf, in contemporary and possibly original pasteboard, lettered in manuscript on spine. Backstrip worn, otherwise a very handsome copy.


First Edition of the first printed life of the great Florentine explorer who gave his name to America. The second part is a complete edition of Vespucci’s own account of his voyages. Described by Sabin as "an elaborate panegyric of Vespucius, in which he is called the Discoverer of America. The researches of later Spanish authors have shown Bandini's dates to be incorrect." "This classic work is much sought after.It can be affirmed that the book's publication inflamed the literary controversy about Vespucci that impassioned the greatest 'Americanists' of ensuing decades. It is an indispensable work, a true landmark in Vespucian studies"- Borba de Moraes. Borba De Moraes, p.59; European Americana 745/218; Palau 23255; Sabin 3149; JCB (1) III:793.