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Lot n° 51

BELON (Pierre).

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Observations of several singularities & memorable things, found in Greece, Asia, Judea, Egypt, Arabia, & other strange countries. Paris, Guillaume Cavellat, 1555. In-4, fawn calf, triple gilt fillet, spine decorated, red edges (18th century binding). Portrait of the author on the verso of the last leaf, numerous woodcuts in the text (animals, costumes) and a folding map of Mount Sinai (between ff. 128-129). Pierre Belon, a great French scientist of the 16th century, traveled to the Levant in 1547-1548 and published on his return the account of his journey which took him to Constantinople, Egypt, Syria and other regions of Asia Minor. The original edition appeared in 1553. A fine copy in an antique binding, complete with the often missing map. From the libraries of Mark Mastermann Sykes and Henri Thuile, with bookplates. Some rubbing to the binding, small stains on the boards, upper jaws cracked.

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