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Les observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses: Belon, P.

Item Description: Anvers [Antwerpen, Antwerp], Christofle Plantin, 1555. Small, thick 8vo (14.3 x 9.4 x 4.5 cm). [lxxvi], 375 numbered leaves [= 749 pp.], one printed leaf with the privilege, one larger, folded map/view. Later vellum. Spine with black printed title. = The first Antwerp edition of this influential work on the history, geography, and natural history of the Near and Middle East by the French naturalist and explorer Pierre Belon du Mans (born 1517 - murdered in Paris, 1564). Belon travelled through these regions between 1546 and 1550 and made numerous observations on the plants and their use, on animals (including a great deal on herpetology), people (with their various costumes), and towns. The work includes the folded "map" with a view on Mont Sinai, and in the text a similar map/view of Alexandria. His reports are generally correct and not rooted in fantasy and hearsay as is often the case with his contemporaries, the sole exception being the illustration of a small dragon-like creature. Other woodcuts show trees, birds, mammals, snakes, a crocodile, a giraffe, a lobster, etc. The partially dyed fore and bottom edges suggest that this book may once have been bound in an oblong form. Some light, mostly marginal spotting but generally quite clean. The binding is modern in contemporary style. Rare in any a state. Brunet, 4533 [p. 762, with illustration of the Plantin mark]; Nissen ZBI, 304. Bookseller Inventory # 61015

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Les observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses: Belon, Pierre.

Belon, Pierre.

Published by Paris, (Benoist Prévost for Gilles Corozet and) Guillaume Cavellat, 1555. (1555)

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Item Description: Paris, (Benoist Prévost for Gilles Corozet and) Guillaume Cavellat, 1555., 1555. 4to. 3 parts in 1 volume. (12), 212, (1) ff. With title in woodcut border with Cavellet's device and initials at the foot, each part-title with Cavellet's woodcut device, 1 folding woodcut map (315 x 350 mm) showing Mount Sinai, 44 woodcuts in the text (including a portrait of the author by Geoffroy Tory), and numerous fine decorated initials. Main text set in italic, with preface and commentary in roman. Overlapping vellum (ca. 1600?), sewn on 5 cords, laced through the joints. Third edition of Belon's "Observations", the fruit of his extensive travels in Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon and Syria from 1546 to 1549. The naturalist Pierre Belon (c. 1518-64), famous for his works on ornithology, was attached to the French embassy to the Ottoman Empire, led by Gabriel de Luetz (Luez, Luels) d'Aramont, who aimed at convincing Suleiman the Magnificent to join forces against Charles V. The envoy sailed for Venice in December 1546 and proceeded to Croatia. Here Luetz continued overland to Adrianople (Edirne), while Belon sailed for Istanbul by way of Greece, visiting Lemnos, Macedonia, Crete and Kavala en route. He reached Istanbul in August 1547, explored the city and continued to Alexandria, while Luetz accompanied Suleiman to Persia. Belon's journey continued to Cairo, Mount Sinai, Jerusalem, Damascus, Baalbek, Aleppo, and again to Turkey. - Unlike many contemporary travel writers, Belon does not elaborate on extraordinary adventures, but rather limits himself to detailed observations on mammals, fish, snakes, birds, plants and the manners and customs of the peoples he encountered, commenting only on what he himself had witnessed. The fine woodcuts, attributed to Arnold Nicolai and Pierre Goudet (Gourdelle), include a map of the Dardanelles (Hellespont), a folding map of Mount Sinai, a view of Alexandria, coins with Arabic inscriptions, 3 illustrations of Egyptian costumes, a giraffe, chameleon and, surprisingly, a flying dragon and an armadillo. - The first edition was published in 1553, illustrated with 35 woodcuts only, followed by a second, augmented edition in 1554. The present edition was a joint publication of Guillaume Cavellat and Gilles Corrozet, comprising two issues with either Corrozet's or Cavallet's name in the imprint. - With printed description from a sales catalogue on pastedown, slightly browned, some light waterstains, folding plate mounted. Overall in very good condition. Adams B 564. Aboussouan 94. Ibrahim-Hilmy 61. Gay 10. Nissen, ZBI 304. Tobler 72f. USTC 6761. Cf. Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula, 505 (1st ed. 1553). Atabey 93 (2nd ed.). Blackmer 115 (same copy). Weber II, 153 (1st ed. 1553). Henze I, 237 (first edition). Hage Chahine 393 (later ed.). For the author: Dictionnaire des orientalistes, 75f. Bookseller Inventory # 32002

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Les observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses: BELON, Pierre.

Item Description: Ibrahim-Hilmy, p. 61; Nissen, ZBI 304; cf. Atabey 93; Blackmer 115. First edition of Belon's Observations, the fruit of his extensive travels in Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon and Syria from 1546 to 1549. Piere Belon (ca. 1518-1564), famous for his works on ornithology, was attached as naturalist to the French embassy to the Ottoman Empire, aimed at convincing Suleiman the Magnificent to join forces against Charles V. Unlike many contemporary travel writers, Belon does not elaborate on extraordinary travel adventures, but rather limits himself to detailed observations on mammals, fish, snakes, birds, plants and the manners and customs of the peoples he encountered, only commenting on what he had witnessed himself. The narrative includes valuable observations on Mount Athos, the pyramids and mummies of Egypt, Mount Sinai, Damascus and the Ottoman culture (with an account of the consumption of opium). With contemporary owner's inscription and annotations. Title-page slightly shaved and somewhat dirty, the folding map with light waterstains. In very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # F5EE5IMFQHCT

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Les observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses: Belon, Pierre.

Belon, Pierre.

Published by Paris, (Benoist Prévost for Gilles Corrozet and) Guillaume Cavellat, 1553. (1553)

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Item Description: Paris, (Benoist Prévost for Gilles Corrozet and) Guillaume Cavellat, 1553., 1553. 4to (215 x 165 mm). 3 parts in 1 volume. (12), 210, (2) ff. With Cavellat's woodcut device on title-page and part-titles, 36 woodcut illustrations in the text (4 hand-coloured), numerous decorated initals, and an extra added folding woodcut map (31 x 32.5 cm) showing Mount Sinai. The main text set in italic, with the preface and commentary in roman. 18th-century marbled calf, gold-tooled spine in 6 compartments, with gold-tooled title labe in the second, gold-tooled board edges. First edition of Pierre Belon's "Observations", the result of his extensive travels in Greece, Asia Minor, Egypt, Arabia and Palestine from 1546 to 1549. Belon was part of the French embassy to the Ottoman Empire, led by Gabriel de Luetz (Luez, Luels) and aimed at convincing Suleiman the Magnificent to join forces against Charles V. Divided into three parts, Belon extensively describes the natural history and the religion, customs and traditions of the peoples he encounters, with detailed observations on the pyramids, Mount Sinai, Damascus, and the consumption of opium. The fine woodcuts, attributed to Arnold Nicolai and Pierre Goudet (Gourdelle), include a hand-coloured map of the Dardanelles (Hellespont), a view of Alexandria, an illustration of a giraffe, and coins with Arabic inscriptions. The present copy is augmented with a folding map of Mount Sinai that was first published in the second edition. - Pierre Belon du Mans (c. 1518-1564) studied medicine in Paris, where he took the degree of doctor before becoming a pupil of the brilliant botanist Valerius Cordus at Wittenberg, with whom he travelled throughout Germany. Cordus died of malaria in Italy in 1544, and Belon, on his return to France, came under the patronage of François, Cardinal de Tournon. At 46 Belon was murdered in the Bois de Boulogne. - Contemporary owner's inscription on title page ("Ex libris Petri Drouotz") and several contemporary annotations (by the same?) in the margins. Title-page slightly shaved and somewhat dirty, the folding map showing slight waterstains. In very good condition. Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula, 505. Adams B 564. Ibrahim-Hilmy, p. 61; Nissen, ZBI 304. USTC 12912. Brunet I, 762. Graesse I, 331. Cf. Atabey 93 (2nd edition); Blackmer 115 (same copy). Hage Chahine 393 (later ed.). Röhricht, Bibliotheca Palaestinae 186 (for Gil. Corrozet). Bookseller Inventory # 32127

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