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Lot 341: Levant.- Moryson (Fynes), An Itinerary...Containing his ten Yeeres Travel through the twelve Dominions Germany...Switzerland...Italy...Turky...Ireland, 1617.

Important Books, Western Manuscripts and Works on Paper: Day Two

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16 November 2016

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Description: Levant.- Moryson (Fynes) An itinerary written first in the Latine tongue, and then translated by him into English: containing his ten yeeres travell through the twelve dominions of Germany, Bohmerland, Sweitzerland, Netherland, Denmarke, Poland, Italy, Turky, France, England, Scotland, and Ireland, first edition, double-page title, first word of title within woodcut entablature, verso of 2nd f. of title with imprimatur surmounted by royal arms, woodcut maps and plans within text, woodcut historiated initials and head- and tail-pieces, lacking initial and final blanks, sig. L misbound, T6 small section missing from foot with loss of a couple of words, occasional staining, some spotting, contemporary blind-ruled calf, spine in compartments and with chipped red morocco label, upper joint starting, but holding firm, corners worn, rubbed, [Atabey 841; Blackmer 1159; STC 18205], folio, by John Beale, 1617. ⁂ 'First edition of this important work translated from the Latin manuscript by Moryson himself. Moryson was one of the most important of the Elizabethan travellers; he made two long journeys to various countries of Europe between 1591 and 1595, and to the Levant from November, 1595 to July 1597. Much of the material on Europe remained in manuscript until 1903, but the section on the Levant is complete here.'(Atabey). The woodcut maps depict Venice, Naples, Rome, Genoa, Paris, Jerusalem and Constantinople. Provenance: Various 17th century ink signatures to verso of first f. of title, including John Crosse and John Game.

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