14 Sandys, George Voyagien, ...standt des Turcksen rijck 187


Description: Sandys, George
Voyagien, behelsende een historie vande oorspronckelijcke ende tegenwoordige standt des Turcksen rijcks: hare wetten, regeeringh, politie, krijghs-macht, hoven van Iustitie, ende koophandel. Als mede, van Egypten; d’antiquiteyt, verborgene characteren, ordinantien, costuymen, discipline, ende religie der Egyptenaren: neffens een beschrijvinge van het H. Landt; van de Ioden ende verscheydene secten der Christenen aldaer; van Ierusalem, het graf Christi, den Tempel Salomons, nevens andere noterens
Amsterdam, Baltes Boekholt (col.: Paulus Warnaer), 1665. Contemporary vellum, bumped and stained. Inside some minor stains. With an engraved frontispiece and 29 engraved plates.Titlepage and fist gathering worn at the edges, traces of use. Dutch translation of 'A relation of a journey' by George Sandys (1578-1644), one of the most famous travel books of the seventeenth century. Sandys travelled to the Levant in 1610 and spent a year in Turkey, Palestine and Egypt before returng to England to become a bishop. His observations first appeared in 1615 and his text was soon regarded as a special authority on the Levant. Between 1616 en 1673 another 6 English editions appeared. In 1653 the first edition of the Dutch translation was published in Amsterdam by Jacob Benjamin. The translation (by ‘J.G.’ ) has in the past erroneously been attributed to J. Glazemaker, but it was in fact made by the mennonite Amsterdam pharmacist Johannes Grindal (1616-1696), who translated more than 20 English books into Dutch. A second edition appeared in Utrecht by Lambert Roeck in 1654. The present copy belongs to the third and final edition, published by the Amsterdam bookseller Baltes Boekholt in 1665 (printed by Paulus Warnaer). B0113 The book is illustrated with an attractive frontispice that shows the religious nature of the book, with full figure portraits of Achmet and Iris with their attributes and with four symbolic medallions. This frontispice looks like the one of a London edition by R. Field in 1621, but is different in the details. Clearly this earlier English version was used as the example. Some of the plates inside this Dutch copy are different from the one from London and some are the same. There are different types of illustrations: some full page plates show historical and biblical scenes from the countries that Sandys visited, such as Chios and Turkey. There are also plates of city plans and noteworthy buildings such as the Temple in Jerusalem. All these plates do not appear in the London copy. From there on follow in-text topograpic plates that are oddly maneristic in the way the landscape and clouds are depicted. These are the same as the ones in London. More research is needed on the re-use of the plates between the Dutch and English edition and why some plates had to be replaced and others not.
Art. nr: 24757
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