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A Voyage into the Levant:
TOURNEFORT, Joseph Pitton de.

A Voyage into the Levant:...

Perform'd by Command of the Late French King. Containing The Antient and Modern State of the Islands of the Archipelago; as also of Constantinople, the Coasts of the Black Sea, Armenia, Georgia, the Frontiers of Persia, and Asia Minor. With Plans of the principal Towns and Places of Note; an Account of the Genius, Manners, Trade, and Religion of the respective People inhabiting those Parts: And an Explanation of Variety of Medals and Antique Monuments. Illustrated with Full Descriptions and Curious Copper-Plates of great Numbers of Uncommon Plants, Animals, &c. And several Observations in Natural History... To which is Prefix'd, The Author's Life, in a Letter to M. Begon: As also his Elogium, pronounc'd by M. Fontenelle, before a publick Assembly of the Academy of Sciences. Adorn'd with an Accurate Map of the Author's Travels, not in the French Edition: Done by Mr. Senex.

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Published: London London, for D. Browne, A. Bell, J. Darby [& six others], 1718

Stock Code: 109026

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First edition in English, translated by John Ozell, a year after the original text in French was published at Paris. Tournefort (1656-1708) was royal botanist to Louis XIV. The book arose from the suggestion made in 1699 to Louis XIV by the Count de Pontchartrain, Secretary of State and in charge of the French Academy, that he send suitable persons abroad to observe not only natural history, but also geography, commerce, religion and manners of other peoples. Between 1700 and 1702 Tournefort travelled through the islands of Greece and visited Constantinople, the borders of the Black Sea, Armenia and Georgia, collecting plants and undertaking other types of observations, reporting his findings in letters to Count de Pontchartrain. He was accompanied by the German botanist Andreas Gundesheimer (1668-1715) and the artist Claude Aubriet (1651-1743). The book was published posthumously after Tournefort was run over and killed by a carriage in Paris. It includes a famous early description of a vampire (vrykolakas) exorcism (volume I p. 103): "We were present at a very different scene, and one very barbarous, in the same Island Mykonos, which happen'd upon occasion of one of those Corpses which they fancy come to life again after their Interment".

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2 volumes, quarto (247 x 185 mm). Contemporary panelled calf neatly rebacked, red labels, red edges.


Folding map and 151 plates, maps & plans (6 folding), many botanical.


A few marks to covers, a couple of corners a little worn, ink splash on fore-edge of volume I encroaching just slightly on to letterpress and plates of a few gatherings, scattered foxing and light browning.


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