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Author: Ludolf, Hiob, 1624-1704.
Title: A new history of Ethiopia being a full and accurate description of the kingdom of Abessinia, vulgarly, though erroneously called the empire of Prester John : in four books ... : illustrated with copper plates / by ... Job Ludolphus ... ; made English, by J.P., Gent.
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Print source: A new history of Ethiopia being a full and accurate description of the kingdom of Abessinia, vulgarly, though erroneously called the empire of Prester John : in four books ... : illustrated with copper plates / by ... Job Ludolphus ... ; made English, by J.P., Gent.
Ludolf, Hiob, 1624-1704., J. P., Gent.

London: Printed for Samuel Smith ..., 1682.
Alternate titles: Historia Aethiopica. English

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J. LUDOLPHUS TO THE Courteous Reader.
The HEADS of the several CHAPTERS in the following HISTORY.
Book I. Of the Nature of the Country and Inhabitants.
Book II. Of their Political Government.
Book III.
Book IV. Of their private Affairs.
OF THE Nature of the Countrey, AND THE INHABITANTS. BOOK I.
CHAP. I. Of the Various Names of the Abessines, and Original of the Nation.
CHAP. II. Of the Situation and Bounds of Abessinia.
CHAP. III. Of the Division of Habessinia, into diverse Kingdoms and Regions.
CHAP. IV. Of the Vulgar Chorographic Table or Mapp of Ha∣bessinia, and the Author's new one.
CHAP. V. Of the Nature of the Soil, Temper of the Air, Tempests, Winds, and such like Meteors.
CHAP. VI. Of the high Mountains of Habessinia, and Rocks of strange forms.
CHAP. VII. Of Metals and Minerals.
CHAP. VIII. Of the Rivers of Habessinia, more especially of Nile, its Fountains and Course; as also of the Lake Tzana.
An Addition to part of this Chapter.
CHAP. IX. Of the Fertility of the Soyl in general, and of the Vegetables and Plants in particular.
CHAP. X. Of Fourfooted Beasts.
CHAP. XI. Of Creatures Amphibious, and those that live only in the Water.
CHAP. XII. Of Birds.
CHAP. XIII. Of Serpents and Insects.
CHAP. XIV. Of the Nature and Genius of the Inhabitants.
CHAP. XV. Of the various Languages us'd in Ethiopia, parti∣cularly of our Ethiopic, Erroneously call'd Chal∣daic, in the last Century.
CHAP. XVI. Of the Neighbouring Nations; and particularly of the Nation of the Gallans.
An Addition.
CONCERNING Their Political Government. BOOK II.
CHAP. I. Of the Kings of the Abessines, their Various Titles, their Names and Arms.
CHAP. III. Of the Salomonean Family, which is said to have its Original from Menile-heck the Queen of She∣ba's Son, who came to visit Salomon.
CHAP. IV. of Menilehec, the Son of Makeda, and of his Poste∣rity, to the interrupted Succession of the Salomo∣nians.
CHAP. V. Of the Zagaean Line, and the Kings that descended from that Race.
CHAP. VI. Of the Salomonean Line, restor'd again by Icon-an-lac.
CHAP. VII. Of the Kings of this Centurie, To our Times.
CHAP. VIII. Of the Royal Succession, and the Imprisonment of the Kings Children in the Rock Geshen, now quite out of use.
CHAP. IX. Of the Priviledge and Power of the King in Ecclesiastical and Civil Affairs.
CHAP. X. Of the Power and Revenues of the Habessine Kings.
CHAP. XI. Of the Royal City of Axuma, and the Inauguration of the King.
CHAP. XII. Of the Kings Court, his Titles, and his Court-Officers.
CHAP. XIII. Of the King's Camp.
CHAP. XIV. Of the Military Affairs of the Habessines.
CHAP. XV. Of the Wars in the last Century, Especially of the Fatal War of the Adelans.
CHAP. XVI. Of the Leagues and Embassies of the Habessinians.
CHAP. XVII. Of the Vice-Roys, Presidents and Governors of Provinces.
CHAP. XVIII. Of the Princes that are Tributary to the Kings of Ethiopia, and of others subject to him, that claim absolute Dominion in their own Territories.
CHAP. XIX. Of their Judiciary Proceedings and Punishments.
OF THE Ecclesiastical Affairs OF THE ABISSINES. BOOK III.
CHAP. I. Of the ancient Religion of the Abissines, and their Judaic Rites.
CHAP. II. Of the Conversion of the Habessines to the Christian Faith.
CHAP. III. Of the Increase of Christianity in Habessinia; the Original of their Monastical way of Living, and of their Saints.
An Addition to the Third Chapter, concerning their Nuns.
CHAP. IV. Of the Sacred Books of the Habessines.
CHAP. V. Of the Religion of the Habassines at this Day.
CHAP. VI. Of the Rites and Ceremonies of the Ethiopic Church, as also of the Habessine Temples.
CHAP. VII. Of the Constitution and Form of Ecclesiastical Go∣vernment in Ethiopia, as also of the Priviledges of the Clergy.
CHAP. VIII. Of the Separation of the Habessines from the Greek Church, in the Time of the Council of Chalcedon.
CHAP. IX. Of the Differences which happen'd between the Ha∣bessines and the Church of Rome, more especially the Fathers of the Society to the beginning of this Century.
CHAP. X. Of the New Mission, and its Success, till the Coming of the Roman Patriarch.
CHAP. XI. Of the Coming of the Roman Patriarch into Ha∣bessinia, and how he Managed his Affairs there.
CHAP. XII. Of the Decrease of the Roman Religion, and the Restoration of the Alexandrinian.
CHAP. XIII. Of the Expulsion of the Patriarch, and the Exile∣ment of the Fathers of the Society.
CHAP. XIV. Of what happen'd after the Departure of the Patriarch and the Fathers out of Ethiopia.
OF THE Private Affairs OF THE HABESSINIANS: More particularly of their OECONOMIES. BOOK. IV.
CHAP. I. Of the Letters used by the Ethiopians.
CHAP. II. Of the Books and Learning of the Ethiopians.
CHAP. III. Of the Names of Men among the Habessinians.
CHAP. IV. Of the Domestick Oeconomie of the Habessines: Their Marriages, Dyet, Cloathing, Habitati∣ons and Burials.
CHAP. V. Of their Mechanic Arts and Trades.
CHAP. VI. Of their Journies, and Travelling, as also an Account of the ways to Habessinia.
CHAP. VII. Of the Merchandize, and Exchange of Merchan∣dize in Habessinia.