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RAMUSIO, Giovanni Battista.

Delle Navigationi et Viaggi...

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Venice, Appresso i Giunti, 1606

A handsome set in a contemporary Italian binding. 'One of the earliest and most important collections of Voyages and Travels of the sixteenth century…' (Church). Undoubtedly a foundation work for any collection of Voyages and Travels.

The 'most perfect work of that nature in any language whatsoever' (John Locke). Ramusio (1485-1557) served as Secretary to the Venetian Senate, and on retiring to Padua compiled this collection of narratives, including some manuscripts which had never been seen before, towards the end of his life. A planned fourth volume was never published as the manuscript was sadly destroyed shortly after his death by a fire at his publishers. As Harisse points out Ramusio was the first author to edit his work with care, avoiding errors and anachronisms perpetuated in previous copies of the travel narratives he included in his work.

Each volume was reprinted several times, with later issues, as here, having new material

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Sixth edition of vol. I, fourth edition of vol. II, third edition of vol. III. 3 vols, small folio (312 by 218mm approx.) Woodcut devices to title-pages, 10 double-page maps and plans, 8 full-page woodcut plates, with further illustrations in the text. Contemporary Italian (Venetianý) morocco, boards & spines ruled & stamped in gilt; paper repairs to title-page of vol. I, and outer margin of following two leaves, occasional dampstaining to vol. I, minor worming to first and last leaves and pastedowns of vols. II and III.


Church I, 99; European Americana II, 613/108 & 606/87-88; Sabin, 67735, 67739 & 67742; cf. Borba II, 698-699.

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