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Witsen Geysbeek, Peter Gerardus."
Reizen naar vreemde landen, in het hoekje van den haard.Amsterdam, Diederichs brothers, [1829]. 16mo. With 12 double-page aquatint views by W.H. Hoogkamer, 6 in grey tint and 6 in sepia. Original publisher's printed yellow paper covered boards."
1790. 115, [1 blank] pp.First(?) edition of an illustrated story book telling about the wonders of the world, with its title refering to the very popular motto of travelling while sitting by the fire. It is written in the form of a dialogue between a father, a mother, their children, and some guests, often travellers, who visit the family. Their conversations discuss various cities and wonders from all over the world: Jerusalem, Bern, Gibraltar, the harbour of Rio de Janeiro, the Palais Royal at Paris, Egyptians rowing on the Nile, Naples and Pompeii, a huge iceberg seen by Captain Edward Parry (1790-1855), a water company at Malacca, all depicted on the double-page aquatints. Captain Parry's expeditions to the North Pole are briefly mentioned (pp. 35-36), as well as the eruptions of the Vesuvius in 79 and on 7 October 1727 (pp. 53-67). With a bookplate on paste-down and a manuscript note on first flyleaf. A few leaves slightly browned. Boards a bit thumbed and slightly worn along the spine. Overall in good condition.l Ncc (2 copies); Saakes Ix, p. 392; not in Worldcat."
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