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BRUYN, Cornelis de (1652--1726/7)
[Reizen van C. de Bruyn, door de vermaardste deelen van Klein Asia. French. 1714]
Voyage au Levant, c'est-à-dire, dans les principaux endroits de l'Asie Mineure, dans les Isles de Chio, Rhodes, & Chypre &c. ... d'Egypte, de Syrie, et de la Terre Sainte; ... par Corneille Le Brun.
Paris: se vend chez Guillaume Cavelier, 1714.
[12], 408, [6] p., add. engr. t.-pl., engr. port., fold. engr. map, [97] pl. (18 fold.) : illus. ; 38.0 cm. (2°)

A translation of Reizen van Cornelis de Bruyn, door de vermaardste deelen van Klein Asia (Delft, 1698). This is a reissue of the first French translation published in Delft, 1700. An allegorical additional title-plate reads 'Voyage De C. Le Brun'. Apart from this, the portrait of the author engraved by Gerrit Valck after Godfrey Kneller, the map of the eastern Mediterranean region and plate 'A' showing the author being received by 'la Société des Peintres Flamands' in Rome, all the topographical views and other subjects depicted in the engraved plates and illustrations in the text are numbered 1--210. This sequence omits number 62 and uses numbers 22, 38, 125, and 170 twice. There are also three small engraved illustrations of coins and inscriptions (on pp.23, 293 and 345) which are not included in the numbering. The 'Avis aux Libraires au sujet des Tailles-douces' (p. [12]) accurately correlates the numbering of the subjects to their position in the text. Apart from the title-plate and portrait all the plates and illustrations are unsigned and, where present, captions are in Italian. Leaf Bbb2 (pp. 379--80), featuring illustrations numbered 199, 200 and 201, is a cancel. It is preceded in this copy by the unillustrated, cancelled leaf. Plate 'A' is bound as a frontispiece facing the engraved title-page in this copy although the directions to the binder place it facing p. 5.

Copy Notes Purchased from J. Taylor for £3. 13s. 6d. on 23 May 1806. (Spiers Box. Taylor, Priestley & Weale). With a loosely-inserted, mutilated letter from W.S. Cooper to Joseph Bonomi dated from 7, Trinity Terrace, Ventnor, 8 June 1877, recommending William Hughes, a builder's clerk ("... He / is a teetotaller which is one / good thing and rarely smokes / which is another. If you will / allow him to examine and / perhaps copy some of the Adams ...").

Binding Late 18th- or early 19th-century polished calf, gilt-rule panels with small corner ornaments, gilt-tooled spine, red and green morocco spine-labels, marbled edges.

Reference Number 1801


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