3 December 2007
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
HERBERT, Thomas (1606-1682). A Relation of Some Yeares Travaile, begunne anno 1626. Into Afrique and the Greater Asia, especially the Territories of the Persian Monarchie: and Some Parts of the Orientall Indies, and Iles Adiacent. London: William Stansby and Jacob Bloome, 1634.
2o (268 x 183 mm). Engraved title by William Marshall (renewed along top edge and a bit browned), 36 engraved illustrations and maps in the text, head- and tailpieces (one or two spots). Near-contemporary sprinkled calf (rebacked in brown morocco); modern marbled paper boards slipcase. Provenance: "Twaiford" and "Howard" (contemporary inscriptions on p. 157 and marginal notes in the same hand on p. 221.)
FIRST EDITION. Including the additional engraved title: A Discription of the Persian Monarchy... On his return journey to England Herbert sailed close to eastern shores of North America. His chapter A Discourse and Proofe that Madoc ap Owen Gwynedd first found out that Continent now call'd America is "illustrated with quotations from the early Welsh Bards in evidence of the departure of Madoc with a number of ships and men for an unknown country at the west. The analogies in language which the author gives to prove the identification of Cymric words in Mexican names is entirely fanciful. Nor are the manners and customs of the North American Indians... of any account as evidences of a Welsh colony in America." Alden & Landis 634/68; Arents 191; Sabin 31471; STC 13190.
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