Item #107009 Fidalgos in the Far East, 1550-1770. Charles Ralph BOXER.

Fidalgos in the Far East, 1550-1770

Hong Kong, Oxford University Press, 1968 (corrected edition)/ 1948 (second revised edition).

Large octavo, xii, 298 pages plus 16 plates.

Cloth; contemporary ownership details on the front flyleaf; a fine copy with the very good dustwrapper lightly marked and creased, with the spine sunned and lightly worn at the ends.

One of the Oxford in Asia Historical Reprints series. A story of the colony in Macao, 'centred round typical personalities of the time' (dustwrapper blurb). One has to read the introduction to make the following useful discovery: 'Readers unfamiliar with Portuguese may care to be reminded that "Fidalgo" is derived from the term "filho d'algo" [or] "son of a Somebody", originally applied to the so-called gentlemen of blood and coat-armour, but here used in the sense of men who were personalities in their own right, however doubtful or obscure their origin may have been'.

Item #107009

Price (AUD): $150.00

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