First Edition in English of Valle's travels through the Middle East to the Indies.
THE TRAVELS OF Sig. PIETRO DELLA VALLE, A Noble Roman, into East India and Arabia Deserta. In which, the several Countries, together with the Customs, Manners, Traffique, and Rites both Religious and Civil, of those Oriental Princes and Nations, are faithfully Described: In Familiar Letters to his Friend Signior Mario Schipano. Whereunto is Added A Relation of Sir Thomas Roe's Voyage into the East-Indies.
VALLE. PIETRO DELLA.
Printed by J. Macock, for John Place, and are to be sold as his shop at Furnivals-Inn-Gate in Holborn. London. 1665.
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. Tall 4to. (11.9 x 7.6 inches). One of three editions printed in 1665 for different London booksellers. imprimatur leaf (dated June 4, 1664), vi, 480pp. A complete copy with the double-page engraved map (which has recently, circa 1980's, been hand coloured), 3 engraved plates on 2 leaves, and 5 woodcut plans within text. A little browning to the page edges but overall this is a very good, bright, wide margined copy in a late twentieth century full panelled calf binding. Spine with raised bands. Gilt decorative bands. Red title label, gilt. An attractive copy of this scarce title, complete with the map and plates still present.
The text consists of 54 letters written by della Valle to the Neapolitan Physician Schipano during the course of his travels through the Holy Land, Syria, Persia and India. The greatest number of letters are from Persia and Constantinople. --- Wing. V 48A.