Illustrated Travels to Jerusalem — NOW with Coffee on the Way!
(TURKISH Coffee). Sandys, George. A relation of a iourney begun an: Dom: 1610. Foure bookes. Containing a description of the Turkish Empire, of Aegypt, of the Holy Land, of the remote parts of Italy, and ilands adioyning. London: Printed [by Thomas Cotes] for Andrew Crooke, 1637. Folio (28.5 cm; 11.25"). , 309,  pp.,  plts.; illus., facs. frontis. & folded map. Lacks final blank.
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Sandy's detailed and influential travelogue chronicling his adventures in Turkey, Egypt, Jerusalem, and Italy, here in the fourth edition. The DNB notes, “Sandys was an observant, inquisitive traveller and his description of the foreign cultures he encountered is remarkable for moderation and tolerance. . . . A Relation of a Journey was widely influential as a source of information on the Near East; it was used by Ben Jonson, Francis Bacon, Robert Burton, Sir Thomas Browne, Abraham Cowley, and John Milton among others.”
Notably, the first edition of this work includedonly the second description of Turkish coffee-houses given in English (Von Hünersdorff).
Lovely engraved illustrations are sprinkled throughout the text, many quite large and one full-page, to show the many places and people the writer encountered. Bound in (and partly adhered to one text leaf without covering type) is afolding view of Constantinople, this copy containing alsofacsimiles of the frontispiece labeling Sandys as a “poet & traveller” and the folding map depicting the range of his travels across Europe, Asia, “Arabia,” and northern Africa.
Provenance: From the Pacific School of Religion (properly released).
ESTC S116686; STC (2nd ed.) 21730; Von Hünersdorff & Hasenkamp, Coffee, p. 1316. 17th-century calf, recently rebacked with raised band spine ruled in blind, covers double ruled in blind, new endpapers; original boards rubbed and abraded. Facsimiles as above and lacking final blank; ex-library as above with rubber-stamp on title-page (pencilling on verso) and one leaf of text; “Constantinople” plate missing corner and other leaves variously with tears (mostly closed) or small holes. Red ink speckled around edge of t.-p. and first few leaves, with some edges neatly reinforced; light to moderate age-toning and waterstaining throughout with the occasional spot, short marginal tear, or tattered edge. A book lovable for several good reasons, in a well-read copy. (37085)
Thornton, Robert John. A new family herbal: Or popular account of the natures and properties of the various plants used in medicine, diet, and the arts. London: Richard Phillips (pr. by Richard Taylor & Co.), 1810. 8vo (24.1 cm, 9.5"). xvi, 901, [1 (adv.)] pp.; illus.
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First edition: “A more complete and perfect herbal than has hitherto appeared . . . intended to unite the various advantages that have been derived to science from [Andrew Duncan's] 'Edinburgh New Dispensatory'” (p. vii). Compiled by an English physician and botanist remembered for his magnificent Temple of Flora, the present pharmaceutical treatise lists and describes the uses of 283 plantsillustrated with 261 wood engravings by Thomas Bewick. According to Johnston, this represents Bewick's “only attempt at botanical wood engravings,” based on designs by Peter Charles Henderson. Dr. Thornton was the author of A Grammar of Botany and The Philosophy of Botany, as well as The Temple of Flora,
In addition to the expectable lavender, chaste tree, burdock, lungwort, etc., also present here are discussions of Chinese smilax, coffee, tea, the Peruvian bark tree, ginseng, sarsaparilla, pimento (“Jamaica Pepper”), and tobacco.
Provenance: Front cover with gilt-stamped armorial device of Dr. Alfred Freer of Stourbridge, Worcestershire: out of a ducal coronet, an antelope's head.
NSTC T941; Hugo, Bewick Collector, 253; Johnston, Cleveland Herbal, Botanical, and Horticultural Collections, 745; Nissen 1954; Pritzel 9238; Rohde, Old English Herbals, 224 (listing Crosby ed. only). Contemporary calf, covers framed in blind roll and single gilt fillet, spine with blind-tooled compartment decorations; binding rubbed and scuffed overall, spine label now absent with traces remaining, repair work to splits in spine leather and to short tear from inner margin of front free endpaper, joints and extremities refurbished. Front free endpaper with inked ownership inscription (“C.M.W.”) dated 1912. Dedication tipped in. Pages gently age-toned with scattered foxing; small inkstain to upper fore-edge of first 30 ff., barely extending onto pages. One contents leaf with short tear (just touching text, without loss) and old repair in lower outer corner. A now solid, even rather distinguished-looking copy of a desirable pharmacopeiaexquisitely illustrated. (36043)
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