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WHELER, George.

A journey into Greece ...

in company of Dr Spon of Lyons. In six books. Containing I. A voyage from Venice to Constantinople. II. An account of Constantinople and the adjacent places. III. A voyage through the Lesser Asia. IV. A voyage from Zant through several parts of Greece to

Stock Code
101043
London, printed for William Cademan and Robert Kettlewell, 1682
£2,250

Spon's account of the joint journey came out in France in 1689. Discussion of the production of an English translation caused Wheler to issue his own version. The travels took place in 1675-76. Wheler was specially interested in botany and topography and this was the first work to attempt a systematic topographical description of Greece. It remained the standard English book on Greece for many years, although it was never reprinted. The map is of interest for Wheler used his own system of trigonometry to construct it (Blackmer).

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Description

First edition, small folio, [xiv], 80, 177-483 pp. (complete), large engraved map of Achaia, 4 full-page plates, 3 smaller plates, numerous engraved illustrations throughout the text, contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, joints repaired, a very good copy.

Bibliography

Wing W1607; Atabey 1328; Blackmer 1786; Koç I, 78; Weber 413; Zacharakis (1982), 2131.

Stock ID:101043

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