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Hakluyt, Richard.
The Second Volume of the Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation, made by Sea or over-land to the South and South-east parts of he World, at any time within the compasse of these 1600 yeres. Divided into two severall parts.
London, George Bishop, 1599.. Large 4to. 213, 204 pp. Modern maroon morrocco (by Jenkins and Cecil) on raised band with gilt dentelles; decorative gilt floral stamping between boards. All edges gilt.. Second edition. - Principal work of the great English geographer Hakluyt (1552-1616), containing a wealth of travel reports, mainly by captains and explorers who had visited countries important for the English trade. The present volume is dedicated to Northern Africa and the Middle East, including Egypt, the Mediterranean, and the Holy Land, "as also to Arabia, downe the River of Euphrates, to Babylon and Balsara", continuing through the Arabian Gulf to "Ormuz, Chaul, Goa, and to many Islands adioyning upon the South parts of Asia". A separate section deals with the Hajj and the Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina: "The Citie if Mecca in the Arabian tongue is called Macca, that is to say, an habitation. The citie is invironed about with exceeding high and barren mountaines, and in the plaine betweene the sayde mountaines and the citie are many pleasant gardens, where groweth great abundaunce of figges, grapes, apples, and melons [...] The women of the place are courteous, iocund, and lovely, faire, with alluring eyes, being hote and libidinous, and the most of them naughtie packes [...]". - Gentle offsetting to the extremeties of the new endsheets and following leaves; minor foxing to title page. Magnificent red morocco binding from the library of the businessman and patron of the arts, (Lewis) Rodman Wanamaker (1863-1928; his armorial bookplate to front pastedown). - Macro, Bibl. … [Click Below for Full Description]
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