One of the most spectacular Levant books. Le Bruyn, the Dutch traveller and painter, spent some years between 1678 and 1685 in the Levant. He was primarily a landscape artist and this shows itself in the very fine panoramas in this work, which include Smyrna, Constantinople, the Bosphorus, Rhodes, Tyre, Alexandria, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Aleppo, Palmyra and others. The costume plates are mostly of the different types of Greek and Turkish head-dresses.
First English edition. Folio (33.5 x 22 cm), engraved allegorical title after R. du Val, engraved portrait of the author after Sir Godfrey Kneller, folding engraved general map and 213 engravings on 98 plates (many folding or double-page) showing costumes, views, including panoramas, antiquities, numerous engraved illustrations in text, contemporary calf, rebacked, some edge-wear, corners worn, lightly rubbed, plate 4, Smyrna, with small area of loss to blank margin, plate 21, Magnesia, with small area of loss to blank fore-margin and slightly to image, usual creasing to large panoramas, generally a clean, attractive example.
Blackmer 2251; Rohricht 1184; Tobler, p. 114; Gay 2101; Nordenskiold Collection, 3, 358; Cohen de Ricci 610; Lipperheide 546.
Stock ID: 100240