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Viaggi fatti da Vinetia, alla Tana, in Persia, in India, et in Costantinopoli: con la descrittione particolare di città, luoghi, siti, costumi, et della Porta del gran Turco: & di tutte le intrate, spese, & modo di gouerno suo, & della ultima impresa contra Portoghesi.
Vinegia: [colophon: nelle case de figliuoli di Aldo], 1543. 8vo (but horizontal chain lines; 14.5 cm; 5.75"). [180] ff. First edition of Antonio Manuzio's compilation of 15th- and early 16th-century voyages from Venice to Persia, India, and Constantinople. He offers the accounts of Giosofat Barbaro's two embassies, to the Azov Tartars in 1436 and to Persia in 1471; Ambrogio Contarini's embassy to Persia in 1473; Aloigi de Giovanni's voyage to Persia and India in 1529; Benedetto Ramberti's voyage to and travels in Turkey in 1539; and an anonymous narrative of the Turkish expedition against the Portuguese in India in 1538.    Binding: 19th-century dark red morocco modestly tooled in blind on covers, lettered in gilt on spine. Gilt supra-libros of Gower, the Duke of Sutherland, as a member of the Order of the Garter. Gilt rope roll–design at the corners of the board edges; gilt vine rolls on turn-ins. All edges gilt.    Provenance: 17th-century ownership signature signature "Leonardo di Librini" in lower area of title-page; signature "Gower, 1812" on front pastedown (i.e., George Leveson-Gower {1758–1833}, Earl Gower, later 1st Duke of Sutherland; also Gower's bookplate on front pastedown; in pencil on verso of front free endpaper, "C.P.G. 1813." Lately in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel "AHA" at rear.         Adams A623; EDIT16 CNCE 26947; Renouard, Alde, p. 128-129; UCLA, Aldine Press (2001), 317; Kallendorf & Wells, Aldine Press, 292. Bound as above; areas of the turn-ins abraded and some headlines touched by the binder's knife. Title-page and last leaf with anchor and dolphin with light dust-soiling; a very few light spots or smudges and occasionally a paper flaw. => An attractive copy of a good book with good provenance.
      [Bookseller: Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co]
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