• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2158

    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 23

    HOWELL, James (ca 1594-1666). Instructions for Forreine Travel shewing by what Cours, and in what Compasse of Time, one may take an exact Survey of the Kingdomes and States of Christendome, and arrive to the Practicall Knowledge of the Languages, to Good Purpose. London: Printed by T.B. for Humphrey Moseley, 1642.

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    HOWELL, James (ca 1594-1666). Instructions for Forreine Travel shewing by what Cours, and in what Compasse of Time, one may take an exact Survey of the Kingdomes and States of Christendome, and arrive to the Practicall Knowledge of the Languages, to Good Purpose. London: Printed by T.B. for Humphrey Moseley, 1642.

    12o (140 x 80 mm). Additional engraved title page by Wenceslaus Hollar, engraved portrait of Prince Charles. (Some occasional minor spotting, small hole at H1 affecting a few letters.) 18th-century sheep, morocco lettering-piece on spine (some rubbing and minor scuffing). Provenance: William Appleton (signature dated"1800" on verso of engraved title); John Appleton (signatures dated "1828" on front endpapers); Thomas Appluton (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION. Howell had acquired some knowledge of European customs and languages while traveling as an employee of a London glass works. Here he writes a practical guide book to the continent, advising the discerning traveler to imitate the best in each nation and providing numerous historical, political, and linguistic observations. Howell's Instructions proved extremely valuable to those royalists fleeing into exile to escape the English Civil War. This copy is signed "Iames Howell" at end but without the imprint on the title-page as found in other copies. ESTC mentions both variants but gives neither precedence. See ESTC R235107 and R38986; Wing H 3082.


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