Thomas Coryate, 1611
CORYATE, Thomas (c.1577-1617). Coryat's Crudities. [London: William Stansby for the author, 1611.]

The Martin copy of the first edition of Coryate's European adventures, with fine hand-colored title page. "There probably has never been another such combination of learning and unconscious buffoonery as is here set forth" (Pforzheimer). Coryate was one of the most widely traveled Englishmen of his time, covering large swaths of Europe on foot. Known for his curiosity and wanderlust, he is credited as the first English writer to use the term "umbrella." Pforzheimer 218.

Quarto (210 x 150mm). Engraved hand-colored title page. 4 plates, 3 of which are folding (Strasbourg Clock plate reinforced on verso, two plates with short closed tears at edges). Collates to Pforzheimer except ‘Characterization of the Author’ (b1-4) is bound between a3 and a4 (Ff4-6 with browning). 18th century calf (front board detaching). Custom chemise and quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: EEb (bookplate) – Harold Greenhill (bookplate) – John Dunn Gardner (bookplate) – H. Bradley Martin (his sale Sotheby’s New York, 30 April 1990, lot 2731).

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