A Collection of Curious Travels & Voyages. In Two Tomes. ... First Edition
London, printed for S. Smith and B Walford, Printers to the Royal Society, at the Princes Arms in St. Paul's Church-yard.1693 Volume one contains the first English translation of Leonard Rauwolf's Aigentliche Beschreibung der Raiß inn die Morgenländer (1582), describing his travels in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, the Holy Land and the Ottoman Empire. Rauwolf was the first Western traveller to describe coffee, and his description played an important role in the introduction of coffee into Europe.
The first tome contains Dr. Leonhart Rauwolff's itinerary into the Eastern countries . The second taking in many parts of Greece, Asia Minor, Egypt, Arabia Felix, and Petræa, Ethopia, the Red-Sea, It tells of a highly interesting collection of voyages to and in the Middle East and North Africa, edited and translated by the great English botanist John Ray (1627-1705), also a pioneer of classification systems in general.
The second tome contains extracts from accounts of travels in the Middle East and North Africa by Pierre Belon, John Greaves, George Wheeler, Thomas Smith and some others. It includes a narrative of a caravan journey from Cairo to Mecca, a journey through Arabia and a detailed description of Mecca.
Calf-hide binding, gold-tooled spine with leather loss to the lower spine. a loss to the corner of the last page. Toning throughout attesting to it's 320 years' existence. Two puncture wounds to the front leather
Signed by owner Wm Brewster who no doubt was responsible for the hand-written script on the once-blank inside-cover and pages, front and back. :"An Index for y e First Part" and "An Index for y e Second Part"
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