Antique Book on Ethiopia Selling for $579,875.01


December 17, 2014

Die Ritterlich und lobwürdig reiß [.] Sagend von den landen, Egypto, Syria, von beiden Arabia Persia, India und Ethiopia, von den gestalten, sitten, und dero menschen leben und glauben

Die Ritterlich und lobwürdig reiß [.] Sagend von den landen, Egypto, Syria, von beiden Arabia Persia, India und Ethiopia, von den gestalten, sitten, und dero menschen leben und glauben

By Lodovico di Varthema, is selling for the cool sum of $579,875.01 at abebooks.com

The book was published in 1516 by Johann Knobloch Strasbourg.   di Varthema, a gentleman adventurer and soldier from Bologna, left Venice at the end of 1502. The book is a chronicle of his travels in Ethiopia and Arabia.

Other “less expensive” Ethiopia-subject books are listed at abebooks.com for $193,291.67 and $161,076.39.  Could these high prices be the clue to why old books are being siphoned off from Ethiopian libraries?

 

 

 

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