• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 142

    NICOLAY, Nicolas de, seigneur d'Arfeville (1517-1583). The Navigations, peregrinations and voyages, made into Turkie. Translated from the French by T. Washington the younger. Edited by John (i.e. Hans) Stell. London: Thomas Dawson, 1585.

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    NICOLAY, Nicolas de, seigneur d'Arfeville (1517-1583). The Navigations, peregrinations and voyages, made into Turkie. Translated from the French by T. Washington the younger. Edited by John (i.e. Hans) Stell. London: Thomas Dawson, 1585.

    4o (179 x 139 mm). Title within typographical border and 60 full-page woodcut illustrations within typographical border. (Borders of three plates and some fol. numbers cropped, two leaves in signature L misbound, tiny rust-hole in B8.) 19th-century morocco gilt, gilt edges, by Morley (slight rubbing to joints). Provenance: Edward Gordon Duff (1863-1924), English bibliographer and for some years librarian at the John Rylands Library in Manchester (ownership inscription, Wadham College, Oxford).

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. First published in French by Guillaume Roville in Lyon 1568. The 60 woodcuts in the present edition were copied from the Antwerp versions, possibly by a Dutchman called Charles Tressell. The monogram CT appears in at least two cuts. The explicit woodcut of "a Religius Turke" facing p. 102, is often found mutilated, but remains intact in this copy. Other woodcuts include the earliest depictions of inhabitants of Algiers, Tripoli, Turkey, Greece, Persia and Armennia. Jewish occupational costumes are represented by a physician, a Jewess and a merchant. The work is frequently frequently cited by Shakespeare scholars as a source for The Merchant of Venice. Nicolay was the royal geographer sent by Henri II to Constantinople to join D'Aramon's embassy in 1551. STC 18574.


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