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Coryate, Thomas

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  • Coryats crudities: hastily gobled up in five moneths travells... newly digested in the hungry aire of Odcombe in the county of Somerset, and now dispersed to the nourishment of the travelling members of this kingdome. London: W. S[tansby], 1611 
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[Engraved title:] Coryates Crudities Hastily gobled up in five Moneths travells in France, Savoy, Italy ... [Letterpress title:] Three Crude Veines are Presented in this Booke ... London: W[illiam] S[tansby for the author], 1611

4to (8 1/2 x 6 in.; 216 x 152 mm). [472] leaves (collation precisely as in Pforzheimer) including engraved title-page, 4 engraved plates (2 folding), engraved text illustrations, woodcut initials and headpieces; engraved title inlaid, some soiling on letterpress title and preliminaries, mended tear in leaf R8 entering but not obscuring text, small rust hole in lower margin of leaf Ee8, quires R through T slightly shaken. Late 19th-century gilt-ruled morocco, border and frame each made up of a triple-fillet with a floral stamp at four corners, dentelles, edges gilt, signed by Bedford; upper joint and lower corners rubbed, a few small scrapes.


Albert Ehrman, Broxbourne Library (bookplate)


STC 5808; Keynes Donne, 70

Catalogue Note

First edition. Coryate's eccentric account of his peregrinations on foot through Europe in 1608. A "there and back again" to Venice, Coryate ended his journey by literally hanging up his shoes in the parish church at Odcombe. The book is renowned for its series of faux-heroic elegies on the author's achievements by Jonson, Campion, Donne and others of the Mermaid Tavern set.