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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)
Tennent, James Emerson, Sir. Letters from the Aegean. New York: J. & J. Harper, 1829. 8vo (23.8 cm, 9.4"). [6 (adv.)], x, –248 pp.
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First U.S. edition, in an uncut copy in the original publisher’s binding. Emerson, who added the Tennent surname in 1831 and was knighted in 1845, here describes his travels through Greece and Turkey in “characteristic sketches of manners and scenery” (p. iii); a great supporter of Greek independence, he considered the present work more “picturesque than political” (ibid.).
The six pages of advertisements offer multiplereviews of the Harper works listed, not just publication information!
Provenance: Front free endpaper with ex libris inscription initialed “GRW”: William [Guillelmus] R. Whittingham, Bishop of Baltimore.
Shoemaker 40623; NSTC 2E8969. Publisher’s quarter cloth and paper-covered sides, spine with printed paper label; binding faded and worn, spine label chipped and darkened. Front pastedown with institutional rubber-stamp, no other markings; pages untrimmed, and foxed throughout. (20260)
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