CORYATE, Thomas.

Coryat's Crudities:

Coryat's Crudities: Reprinted from the Edition of 1611. To which are now added, His Letters from India, &c. and extracts relating to him, From Various Authors: being A more particular Account of his Travels (mostly on Foot) in different Parts of the Globe, than any hitherto published. Together with his Orations, Character, Death, &c. With Copper-Plates.

London: W. Cater; Samuel Hayes; J. Wilkie; and E. Easton at Salisbury, 1776 Stock Code: 75476
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First collected edition of the writings of Thomas Coryate (1577?-1617). The Crudities, describing his tour from London to Venice and back, is his best known work, with many points of historical interest, including his admirable rendering of the story of William Tell (cited as the earliest in English); it is also remembered for the prefatory mock-panegyric verses by the most illustrious authors of the day, including Jonson, Chapman, Donne, Campion, Harington, and Drayton. The whole apparatus of the book, including these verses, the plates and the original spelling, is reproduced here. Coryate then set out on a second tour to Constantinople, visited Aleppo whence he walked to the Holy Land and back (sending notes home which were First published in Purchas his Pilgrimes, 1625), and then achieved the remarkable feat of walking from Jerusalem to India. After further wanderings within India, including a period living at the court of the Great Moghul, he died at or near Surat in Gujarat.

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3 volumes, octavo (200 x 120 mm). Nineteenth-century polished calf, contrast labels, spine gilt in compartments, double-ruled panel with floral cornerpieces to boards, plain single line edge-roll, marbled edges and endpapers, milled roll to the turn-ins.


8 engraved plates copied from 17th-century blocks, engraved illustrations within text.


Contemporary armorial bookplate and early ownership inscription of H. C. Morewood to First volume; later plates of Hardress Llewellyn Lloyd in all three. Joints, headcaps and one tear to side very skilfully repaired, an excellent set.


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