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Publisher: DE BRY, Th.
Title: XXI. Festorum Quorundam Aliorum in Pegu. (Other festivities in the kingdom of Pegu]
Published: Frankfurt, 1599

Size: 5.3 x 6.6 inches.
13.5 x 16.8 cm.
Colouring: Uncoloured.
Condition:  Text sheet with copper plate engraving. In very good condition, dark impression.
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Among their many festivals, the Peguans had a particular one called Sapan Daiche – the Festival of Water. The king arrived at a certain place where everyone sprinkles each other with rose-water. The king’s noblemen also pour rose-water over each other, which soaked their clothing. There was also a festival called Sapan Donon, held at Menao, to which the king and his women travelled in a very ornate boat. About a hundred little boats, each with two rowers in, were waiting for their arrival before they began their race to a certain spot. The winner received a golden pagoda and the second, a silver pagoda but the last one receives a cloth and was mocked by the king’s women. The natives also had special days when they bathe their priests. The water they use was considered holy, so they drank it out of reverence to the priest

After his stay in the Indian city of Goa, Van Linschoten set out for Europe with a Portuguese return fleet in 1588. One of the ships was wrecked off the Azores in 1591. Van Linschoten was given the task of staying behind to protect the cargo. At the request of the Portuguese governor of the islands, Dom Christovão de Moura, he made a map of the city.

Theodore de Bry, a German engraver and book dealer, began a compilation of early voyages in 1590 and had published six parts at the time of his death in 1598. His widow, two sons, and another family member continued the work, which comprised a total of fifty-four parts when it was completed in 1630. The publication is in two series, denoted the Grands Voyages and the Petit Voyages. A German edition of the Petit Voyages was published in 1599 in Frankfurt am Main. A second German edition came out in 1616. Latin editions were published in 1609 and 1629.

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