CORYATE, Thomas (ca 1577-1617). Coryats Crudities. Hastily gobled up in five Moneths travells in France, Savoy, Italy...Helvetia alias Switzerland, some parts of Germany and the Netherlands...dispersed to the nourishment of the Travelling Members of this Kingdom. London: W[illiam] S[tansby, for the author], 1611.
4o (209 x 154 mm). Elaborate engraved allegorical title by William Hole, 4 engraved plates (2 folding), 2 engraved text illustrations, many woodcut initials, and head-pieces. 19th-century brown levant morocco, gilt and blind tooled by Bedford. Provenance:
Ward E. Terry (bookplate); R.B. Adam (1863-1940), noted collector of books and manuscripts by Samuel Johnson and his circle (bookplate); A. Edward Newton (1863-1940) (bookplate; his sale Parke Bernet, 18 April 1941, lot 438); Boies Penrose (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION of this eccentric travel narrative, one of the earliest travelogues in English, published at the author's expense. Coryate spent five months wandering through western Europe, largely on foot and horseback, visiting 45 cities and covering, by his reckoning, 1975 miles. His naive narrative is notable for its extravagant style: "there has probably never been another such combination of learning and unconscious buffoonery" (Pforzheimer). This book was owned by five long-time Grolier Club members and exhibited by Wolfgang Herz in "The Grolier Club Collects" 11 December 2002-1 February 2003. Cox, I, p.98; Keynes Donne 70; Pforzheimer 218; Pirie, John Donne 74; STC 5808.