The Totall Discourse of the Rare Adventures, and Painefull Peregrinations of Long Nineteene Years

Lithgow (William)

The Totall Discourse of the Rare Adventures, and Painefull Peregrinations of Long Nineteene Years

Travailes from Scotland, to the most famous kingdomes in Europe, Asia, and Affrica. Perfited by three deare bought voyages, in surveying of forty eight kingdomes ancient and modern; twenty one rei-publicks, ten absolute principalities, with two hundred islands. ... divided into three bookes: being newly corrected, and augmented in many severall places, with the addition of a table thereunto annexed of all the chiefe heads. Wherein is contayned an exact relation of the lawes, religions, policies and governments of all their princes, potentates and people. Together with the grievous tortures he suffered by the Inquisition of Malaga in Spaine ... And of his last and late returne from the Northern Isles, and other places adjacent.

Description: woodcut frontispiece and 8 woodcut illustrations in the text (1 being a repeat of the frontispiece), cut fairly close but catchword and signature shaved on only one leaf (in fact many lower edges are uncut, and some red splashes from the original staining of the edges indicating a close proximity to the margins left by the contemporary binder), tear from lower outer corner of 2C2 entering text but without loss, poor impression of type on 2Iv and a small fragment of the lower outer corner snapped off, a few minor stains here and there, and occasional minor browning, pp. [xvi], 444, 447-514 (catchword on p. 444 doesn't match the first word of p. 447, but text is continuous), [8], 4to, late 18th-century midnight blue straight-grained morocco, attributed to Mrs. Weir, single gilt fillet on sides with an inner panel composed of single gilt fillets, spine richly gilt in 6 compartments between raised bands, lettered in gilt in the second compartment, the others with a cruciform decoration built up from small tools, the end compartments further embellished with scattered dots, the lowest, slightly longer, with 4 rows of small circles below it, gilt inner dentelles reflecting elegantly in the gilt edges, spine and corners slightly rubbed, a few minor blemishes, a lovely copy, bookplate of Thamas Allen, FSA, inside front cover, that of the fifth earl of Rosebery opposite

Publication Details: Imprinted ... by I. Okes, 1640

Notes: The last life-time edition, revised and enlarged edition, with a new dedication and prologue, of A most delectable, and true discourse, of an admired and painefull peregrination from Scotland, 1614 ... of one of the most popular of all seventeenth-century travel books. There were editions in 1616, 1623 'inlarged', 1632, 'revised and enlarged'. A beautifully bound copy, with an interesting provenance. The book appeared (Lot 2348) in the White Knights sale in 1819, when it was described a being bound in blue morocco; in the Beckford/Hamilton sale of 1882 (Lot 1826 in the 2nd part), the binding ...more

Bibliography: (ESTC S108592; Blackmer 1021; von Hünersdorff, Coffee, p. 904)

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Price: £5,000

Subject: Travel & Topography

Published Date: 1640

Stock Number: 65402

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