London: Printed [by Thomas Cotes] for Ro: Allot, 1627. Early Reprint. Full Calf. Third Edition of the definitive English Renaissance work of travel to the Middle East, and one of the finest illustrated travel books of the first half of the 17th century. Small folio (285 x 190mm): ,309,pp, complete with engraved architectural title page by Francisco Delaram (depicting Isis, the Sibyl and Achmet, Truth and Constance (above) and the Cumaean Sibyl (below), double-page map of the eastern Mediterranean and Near East with full margins (often trimmed), folding panorama of the Grand Seraglio (often wanting; added to fill blank spot on D4v.), and 47 text engravings (several full-page) depicting views, buildings, and monuments throughout Italy and the Middle East (including the sphinx, the pyramids, the Nile River, Constantinople, and Jerusalem). Andrew Edge, his 18th-century ownership signature on front fly leaf. Seventeenth-Century English speckled calf, neatly rebacked, with original gilt-decorated spine laid down; spine in compartments divided by gilt-ruled raised bands, original red morocco lettering piece gilt. Occasional stains and toning to text; plates pristine, in deep, rich impressions; handsome contemporary binding. Cox I, 206. Graesse VI, p. 264. Blackmer Library 297 (referencing 2nd ed.). Bowers & Davis (Sandys) 1c. Lowndes IV 2189 ("distinguished by erudtion, sagacity, and a love of truth"). Near Fine+. Item #BB1522
Reprint of the Second Edition (1621), correcting the errata. In 1610, Sandys spent a year in Turkey, Palestine and Egypt. His observations, including excerpts on Sicily "Queen of the Mediterranean islands") and Malta, first appeared in print in 1615, and were soon regarded as a special authority on the Levant. Jonathan Haynes (The Humanist as Traveler) calls Sandys's work the "most literary of English Renaissance travel books. . . . The polish of its prose, the poetic translations with which it is studded, and the erudition with which it sometimes bristles are easy enough to notice. (p. 40) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).