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ITINERARIUM GALLIAE
Amsterlodami: Apud Jodocum Jansonium, 1649. Fourth Edition. Hardcover. An Early 17th Century Travel Guidebook, with Engraved Views of French, Dutch, and Swiss Cities. 140 x 83 mm (5 1/2 x 3 1/4"). 9 p.l., 340 pp., [11] leaves. Fourth Edition. Contemporary vellum, spine flat, ink titling in an old hand at head and foot. Woodcut initials, headpieces, and tailpieces, and 22 ENGRAVED PLATES (21 OF THEM FOLDING) OF EUROPEAN CITIES (including engraved title page). Old monogram bookplate on front pastedown. Cox I, 99 (citing the 1627 edition). Minor ink smudges on one plate and adjacent pages, a hint of soiling to vellum, other trivial imperfections, but A VERY FINE COPY, the binding without appreciable wear, the text and plates especially fresh, and WITH RICH IMPRESSIONS OF THE FOLDING PLATES. This travel guidebook to France and nearby regions (including England, the Netherlands, and part of Switzerland) is the chief work of the jurist, philologist, and geographer Zinzerling (1580?-1620?). ADB calls this a "superb travel handbook . . . executed in 'notable' Latin," says that it replaced a similar esteemed work by Paul Hentzner, and grants Zinzerling an "honorable place in the history of Geography" on account of its publication. Divided into three parts, the book describes: (1) the natural history and political situation in France (by way of preparing the reader for a trip), (2) the trip itself, including study of the French language and the courtly arts of the French, and (3) a detailed description of Bordeaux, which the author chooses as his subject for a more extended and profound study of a single city. The work aimed mainly at young nobles for whom a trip to France was an expected part of their social education. Although it does not dwell at length on natural wonders, the book enumerates a great many noteworthy sights and provides a good deal of commentary on history, antiquities, and genealogy. The attractive folding plates include views of Nancy, Sedan, Paris, Orleans, Moulins en Gilbert, Nantes, La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Montpellier, Marseilles, Orange, Lyon, Rouen, Calais, Amiens, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Leyden, Amsterdam, and Geneva. With the exception of two plates that are more ground plans than views, the engravings, while relatively small, are surprisingly detailed. And they show to good advantage here because of the strong impressions on fresh paper. The work was apparently published in Lyon in 1616, Strassburg in 1617, and Geneva in 1627 before our 1649 printing (which is the only edition listed in ABPC from 1975-2000).
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