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Mikrokosmos. A little description of the great world
Oxford: Printed by I. Lichfield and W. Tvrner, and are to be sold by W. Tvrner and T. Hvggins, 1625. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. CONTENT INCLUDES A SECTION ON AMERICA. 8vo (6" x 7 3/4") [14], [1]-812pp.(i.e. 802), Nos. 381-390 omitted in paging. 20th Century full leather binding with raised spine. First few pages are loose on the top half of the binding. The pages are age toned and the text has a few lightly written marginal notes, 2 small holes on page A not affecting text. Page 15 numbered 25, page 81 with 1/4" hole affecting one word, 169 small tear to bottom right corner not affecting, 485 numbered as 463, 585 1" blotch over type affecting readability, 569 tear on top right page corner not affecting, 809-812 with small holes and affecting letter on page 811 and 812. Generally a complete and overall good condition with no foxing. The folding table of climates before p.7 (A4) is missing as is often the case in this book. The 20th century leather binding is in very good condition.& , An UNCOMMON AND AN IMPORTANT EARLY ENGLISH TRAVEL WORK. The second printing of this important encyclopedic attempt to describe the peoples and regions of the world in meticulous detail. While over half of the book describes Europe and the Holy Land and such far away locales as Africa, India, China and Japan, there is a section on the Americas which is an extremely early English account of the new found land. , Heylyn states his disapproval of the name America, thinking it stresses the importance of Vespucci far too much. He thought that Cabot and Columbus both deserved greater recognition and that the name "A New World" would suffice. Heylyn also states that many are of the opinion that America was known long before Columbus landed in the West Indies in 1492. The work was not unbiased and was influenced by both politics and religion. It is an important milestone in the area of geographical or travel writing. Largely drawn from Heylyn's lectures at Oxford, it offers a clear representation of European knowledge of the rest of the world at the dawn of the 17th century. First published in 1621 the book offered a view of the America that the Pilgrims expected to settle when they set out to cross the Atlantic. & A Dictionary of Books Relating to America by Joseph Sabin, 31656 and STC 13277
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