Lot 145 (Books & Works on Paper including Autographs & Memorabilia, 31st March 2020)
The Total Discourse of the rare Adventures, and painefull peregrinations of long Nineteene years Travailes from Scotland, to the most famous kingdoms in Europe, Asia, and Affrica…, woodcut frontispiece, library stamp on title verso, woodcut illustrations, lacking pp.445-446 as issued, text block washed and trimmed, rebound in modern calf, spine gilt, boards ruled in gilt, [STC 15714; Blackmer 1021; Röhricht 934], 4to, I. Oakes, 1640.
*** William Lithgow (1852-1645?), born in Lanark, travelled from Shetland and Orkney to the Ionian Islands, Athens, Smyrna, Rhodes, Cyprus, and Aleppo, and onwards with a caravan of Armenians and Turks, via Damascus to Galilee and Jerusalem. His spirited account of his journeys "is a book of uncommon value and interest, for its descriptions of men and manners even more than of places... it is probably the earliest authority for coffee-drinking in Europe, Turkish baths, a pigeon post between Aleppo and Bagdad... and the importation (since about 1550) of currants from Zante to England...".