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CORYATE, Thomas (ca. 1577--1617)
Coryats crudities. Hastily gobled vp in five moneths trauells in France, Sauoy, Italy, Rhetia com[m]only called the Grisons country, Heluetia alias Switzerland, some parts of high Germany, and the Netherlands; newly digested in the hungry aire of Odcombe in the county of Somerset, & now dispersed to the nourishment of the travelling members of this kingdome.
[London]:, [printed by W[illiam]. S[tansby for the author].],, [1611].
[194], 364, [23], 366--393, [23], 395--398, 403--655, [51] p., engr. t.-pl., [5] pl. (1 wdcut., 4 engr.; 2 fold.) : illus. (music, ports.) ; 21.5 cm. (4º)

First edition. Title from engraved title-plate; the imprint is taken from the letterpress leaf following the engraved title, reading: 'Three Crvde Veines Are Presented In This Booke following (besides the foresaid Crvdities) no lesse flowing in the body of the Booke, then the Crvdities themselues, two of Rhetoricke and one of Poesie. That is to say, a most elegant Oration, first written in the Latine tongue by Hermannvs Kirchnervs, ... in praise of Trauell in generall. Now distilled into English Spirit through the Odcombian Limbecke. ... Another also composed by the Author of the former, in praise of Trauell of Germanie in particular, ... Then in the Posterne of them ... thou shalt find the Posthume Poems of the authors Father, ...' having imprint: 'London, Printed by W.S. Anno Domini 1611'. Printer's name from ESTC. The 'Posthvma Fragmenta Poematvm Georgii Coryati Sarisbvriensis, ...' with special title-page follow after p. [656] in same continuous register but unpaged. 'An explication of the emblemes of the frontispice' (running title) is signed: 'Ben. Ionson' who exercised an editorial function over the 'Panegyricke Verses' upon the author and his book which occupy leaves c3--l4. These include poems by Campion, Chapman, Donne, Drayton and Jonson himself. The engraved title-page and three of the other plates or illustrations including the portrait of Frederick, Elector-Palatine (p. 496) are signed by William Hole; the view of the Amphitheatre of Verona (before p. 311) is dated 1610; the remaining leaves of plates are engraved views of the astronomical clock at Strasburg and the Heidelberg Tun, and a woodcut armorial vignette bearing the insignia of Henry, Prince of Wales with Prince of Wales feathers, initials HP and motto 'Ich Dien'. The text includes items in Latin, Greek, Italian and French, and a final note apologizing for the errata, followed by an errata leaf. There are numerous errors in paging: page 19 is mispaginated '20'; p.59, '159'; p.167, '667'; p.172, '173'; p.173, '271'; p.176, '177'; p.177, '178'; p.188, '187'; p.189, '188'; p.235, '215'; p.258, '268'; p.263, '261'; p.327, '372'; p.361, '391'; p.368, '366'; p.369, '371'; p.377, 375'; p.379, '377'; p.380, '378'; p.430, '410'; p.431, '411'; p.434, '414'; p.532, '523'; and p.543, '534'; the page number to p.378 has printed faintly, especially the '8', which is barely visible. Numbers 399--402 are omitted in the paging. Signature D comprises 11 leaves, with three leaves signed 2D1, 2D2, [2D3] inserted after D1, the verso of which is blank, space having evidently been left to accommodate 'Mr. Laurence Whittakers Elogie of The Booke', which was late arriving, and longer than expected when it came. It occupies five pages, [2D3]v also being blank. Two leaves sometimes occur as cancels: leaf a3 (cancelland) has no rule between the end of the verse under D and the letter E; a3 (cancel) has such a rule; leaf 3A4 (cancelland) has line 12 of its recto beginning: 'Baron the Lord Lisle'; 3A4 (cancel) has the same line beginning: 'and illustrious Robert Sidney Vicount Lisle'. The Soane copy has the cancelland of the first, and the cancel of the second. The description of Vicenza, which influenced Inigo Jones on his grand tour of 1613--14, is plagiarised from the 1601 edition of Frans Schott's Itinerarium Italiae (1660 English ed., q.v.) completely re-edited and augmented by Fra' Girolamo Gioannini da Capugnano; see Edward Chaney, 'The Grand Tour and the evolution of the travel book', in A. Wilton and I. Bignamini (eds.), Grand tour: the lure of Italy in the eighteenth century, exh. cat. Tate Gallery (London 1996), pp. 95--97. The book enjoyed a considerable reputation as the earliest English hand-book of European travel. ESTC s108716; STC 5808; Pforzheimer 218; Grolier 39, R.S. Pine-Coffin, Bibliography of British and American travel in Italy to 1860 (1981), 608; Lowndes, I, 527; CBEL, I, 769.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the final errata leaf and with the two preceding leaves cropped to the single-rule border and inlaid to size. Misbound with sig. 2b4 inserted after a3 rather than after b8. Library shelf-mark or bookseller's code inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper B/t6/x. Inscribed in ink in a C18th hand on letterpress leaf following engraved title Jane Jumper. Some financial calculations inscribed in ink in an early hand on p. 565. Bought from Egerton for £3 13s. 6d., 2 January 1794. (Journal 2, p. 324).

Binding C18th or C19th calf, gilt-tooled scalloped panels with outer and central sections sprinkled, gilt-tooled spine and lettering.

Reference Number 3984

Additional Names Jonson, Ben (1573?--1637); Coryate, George (d.$1607); Hole, William (d.$1624); Kirchner, Hermann (1562--1620); Jumper, Jane; Thomas & John Egerton

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