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MIKROKOSMOS [in Greek]. A LITTLE DESCRIPTION OF THE GREAT WORLD

Heylyn Peter

Published by Oxford William Turner and Thomas Hughes 1629, 1629
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A very early printing, being the fourth, revised by the author. With an engraved architectural title-page, several engraved head or tail pieces and an engraved 12 line initial. 8vo, full contemporary brown calf, the covers with double fillet lines at the borders in blind, the spine with blind ruled raised bands. [xx], 807, [2] pp. A complete and well preserved copy, crisp, unsophisticated and unpressed of this very scarce and important book. The contemporary binding worn and with normal evidence of age, some expected toning. Occasional antique ownership and marginal notations of previous owners. VERY SCARCE AND AN IMPORTANT EARLY ENGLISH TRAVEL WORK PROVIDING A STUDY OF AMERICA. A very early printing of this important encyclopedic attempt to describe the peoples and regions of the world in meticulous detail. While over half of the book describes Europe and the Holy Land and such far away locales as Africa, India, China and Japan, there is a section on the Americas which is an extremely early English account of the new found land. Heylyn states his disapproval of the name America, thinking it stresses the importance of Vespucci far too much. He thought that Cabot and Columbus both deserved greater recognition and that the name "New World" would suffice. The work was not unbiased and was influenced by both politics and religion. It is an important milestone in the area of geographical or travel writing. Largely drawn from Heylyn’s lectures at Oxford, it offers a clear representation of European knowledge of the rest of the world at the dawn of the 17th century. First published in 1621 the book offered a view of the America that the Pilgrims expected to settle when they set out to cross the Atlantic. Several years later, in 1652, Heylyn would expand this work into his groundbreaking COSMOGRAPHIE, considered a masterpiece of the genre. Bookseller Inventory # 21332

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Title: MIKROKOSMOS [in Greek]. A LITTLE DESCRIPTION...

Publisher: Oxford William Turner and Thomas Hughes 1629

Publication Date: 1629

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