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LE BRUYN, Cornelius (1652-1727/28) [or Le Brun]
A Voyage to the Levant: or, travels in the principal parts of Asia Minor, the islands of Scio, Rhodes, Cyprus, &c. with an account of the most considerable cities of Egypt, Syria and the Holy Land ... Done into English, by W.J
London: printed for Jacob Tonson and Thomas Bennet, 1702. Folio. (13 3/16 x 8 1/2 inches). Engraved emblematic frontispiece, portrait of the author, 1 folding map, 96 plates (25 double-page, 17 folding), numerous illustrations. (Minor dampstaining extending from the top gutter margin, minor toning to plates). Expertly bound to style in contemporary calf, covers with a gilt ruled border, spine with raised bands in six compartments, morocco lettering piece in the second compartment, the others with a repeat overall decoration in gilt, marbled endpapers. First edition in English of this important illustrated account of travels in Turkey, the Holy Land and Egypt. In his first expedition of 1674, Dutch traveller Cornelius Le Bruyn remained in the Levant for seven years, travelling principally in Asia Minor, Syria, the Holy Land and Egypt. On his return, he published his Voyages au Levant in Dutch in 1698, in French in 1700 and in English (as here) in 1702. The text is made up of a mixture first-hand observations and information drawn from other sources, but the impressive images are all by the talented Le Bruyn: "The principal aim M. Bruyn had in publishing this work, was to give the world exact designs or draughts of the cities, places and edifices, which he met with on his travels; and herein he is very accurate, having drawn all his prospects upon the very place where he was" (Preface). The magnificent plates are among the best representations of the area from the late 17th century and include large-scale views of Smyrna, Alexandria, Rhodes, Bethlehem, Constantinople, Aleppo, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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