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Coryat’s crudities; reprinted from the edition of 1611. To which are now added, his letters from India, &c. and extracts relating to him, from various authors: being a more particular account of his travels (mostly on foot) in different parts of the globe, than any hitherto published. Together with his orations, character, death, &c. with copper-plates. In three volumes
London: printed for W. Cater, No. 274, Holborn; Samuel Hayes, No. 92, opposite St. Andrew's Church, Holborn; J. Wilkie, No. 71, St. , M.DCC.LXXVI. [1776]. London: printed for W. Cater, No. 274, Holborn; Samuel Hayes, No. 92, opposite St. Andrew's Church, Holborn; J. Wilkie, No. 71, St. Paul’s Church-Yard; and E. Easton, at Salisbury, M.DCC.LXXVI. [1776]. First Edition thus. Full Calf. Fine. Complete in three octavo volumes: [208],48,33-304 (folios from pp. 33-48 repeated; p. 61 misnumbered 16), with two plates, including the additional engraved title; [4],173,[19],174-484, with five plates (one folding); [2],91,[375], with one plate and large woodcuts (most of exotic creatures) in the text. The extended, unpaginated sequence in the final volume, "Posthuma fragmenta poematum Georgii Coryati Sarisburiensis . . . ," has its own title page. Beautifully bound in period tree calf, skillfully rebacked calf spines in six compartments between raised bands, gilt-lettered red morocco lettering and numbering pieces. Boards and spines in remarkably excellent condition, with only very light scuffing. An almost unaccountably pristine set, with clean pages, clear print and ample margins, plates and engravings in excellent impressions. With engraved armorial bookplate of the Rogers family crest (Nos Nostraque Deo—We and Ours to God) on front paste down of each volume. Pforzheimer 218. Lowndes 528. Howgego, I, C198. & ¶ First complete edition of Coryate's accounts of his travels in Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia, effectively an eighteenth-century reissue (originally printed in quarto, at London, in 1611, by William Stansby), augmented with numerous other works, including Coryate's letters from India and a large section of commendatory poems from 55 individual contributors—amounting to an original poetical miscellany of the great names of Jacobean English literature, including Ben Jonson, John Donne, Inigo Jones, John Hoskins and Dudley Digges. One of the greatest works of Elizabethan and Jacobean literature, as well as one of the earliest travelogues in English. According to Pforzheimer, There "probably has never been another such combination of learning and unconscious buffoonery as is here set forth. Coryate was a serious and pedantic traveller . . . His adventures probably appeared to his contemporaries as more ridiculous than exciting, but at this remove his chronicle by its very earnestness provides an account of the chief cities of early seventeenth century Europe which is at least as valuable as it is amusing." Traveling from Paris to Lyons, through Savoy to Turin, Milan, and Mantua, Coryate was carried over the Mont Cenis Pass in a chaise à porteurs; he left Venice by boat for Padua, then walked to Vicenza, Verona, and Bergamo; he arrived in Zürich by boat and reached Basel on foot. After arriving in Strasbourg, he got lost, alone and on foot, in the Black Forest; after being received in Heidelberg, he walked to Mainz. Following a detour to visit Frankfurt's fair, he sailed down the Rhine, with a brief stop at Cologne; thence from Middleburg back to London. Coryat's Crudities was intended to encourage courtiers and gallants to enrich themselves through travel to the Continent. It contains illustrations, historical data, architectural descriptions, details of local customs, information on prices, exchange rates, food and drink, and much more. His description of how Italians shielded themselves from the sun contains perhaps the first mention of "umbrella" in English literature. Table forks, almost unknown in England, were in general use in Italy; Coryate acquired one, imitated the Italian fashion of eating and continued to do so frequently when he came home. While in Switzerland, Coryate heard the story of William Tell, and his charming rendering of it appears to be the earliest in English. To solicit the extraordinary sheaf of testimonials prefixed to the volume, Coryate circulated copies of the title-page depicting his adventures and his portrait, engraved by William Hole. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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