Titre : A Voyage Round the World by . in Six Parts, ...
Éditeur : Lintot and Osborn No date , but 1744., [London]
Date d'édition : 1744
Edition : Third edition.
Folio, pp. iv, 718, double column text. [Sabin's 13017] There is also a Book 7, "Containing the most remarkable Things he saw in Spain, France and Italy and "Travels through Europe by . in Several Letters to the Counsellor Amato Danio", with a separate title-page, dealing with his trip northward from Venice, Milan, Paris, to London. Illustrated with 13 plates, of which 8 are full page, some containing several images; 2 are double page. This is vol. 4 of Churchill's A Collection of Voyages and Travels, first published in 1704 in 4 volumes, reissued in 1744, with 2 more volumes of new travels being added in 1745: the volume is complete in itself. Sabin notes : "These travels [Gemelli's] were considered for a long time as fictitious; and Goldsmith, in his Citizen of the World, treats them as such. Baron von Humboldt, however, has proved that he certainly was in Mexico and at Acapulco, and his descriptions have the charm of local tint which could only have been given by an ocular witness. The part relating to South America, New Spain, etc., is very curious." Gemelli undertook his voyage because of political difficulties at home. He visited Goa, Macau, and Havana, as well as those noted above, but his voyage to and time spent in New Spain (Mexico) are often quoted and perhaps are the most significant of his accounts. Gemelli's Voyage extends to p. 670; the following text, with a separate title-page, is Nicholas Rolambs' A Relation of a Journey to Constantinople, translated from the Swedish. The engravings are quite nice; to those mentioned above, we note fine images of the avocado, cocoa beans, and a maguey plant, a fine double-page image of an Aztec calendar, and another showing the peregrination of the Aztecs to their home in Lake Tezcuco. (Much of his source for this information came from Siguenza y Gongora whom he befriended in Mexico.) Fine, clean copy in a contemporary speckled calf, nicely rebacked. N° de réf. du libraire 5308
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