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 ff, 1234 pp,  f. First leaf (a blank) not present, otherwise complete. Small folio measuring 12.25" bound in old vellum with matching renewed calf spine with 5 raised bands, brown morocco spine label. Renewed end papers and first blank. Marvelous engraved title page signed: Ren. Elstracke sculpsit. showing a man from Europe, Africa, Asia and America with various imperial symbols, engraved head and tail pieces throughout. Newly rebound in contemporary vellum with a sensitively handled new spine, binding is strong and secure. Title page has some rubbing and an old red stain, margins repaired, old owner marks on early leaf, text is clean with only occasional foxing or minor signs of use, one page has ink smudges acquired during printing, a very very occasional worm sign, last few leaves have corner margin repairs, last leaf (blank) has been remounted with significant repairs, nice contemporary inscript of William Straight. ESTC 106836. First English edition translated by Grimstone, an influential writer and translator who was a Sergeant at Arms of the Parliament. The book is an economic, geographic, political and religious map of the world -- 150 years before Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations." Includes sections on Europe, the Turkish Empire, Africa, Brazil, the land of Prester John, the "Empire of the Great Cham of Tarteria" (Genghis Khan), as well as a large section on the New World, page 217-71, including a description of the coast of Florida, and an extensive description of the inhabitants of the Caribbean, Mexico and South America, and many of their ways. The material was used as a guide by English pilgrims coming to the New World in 1620. Grimstone apparently added a great deal of new material to d'Avity's French original. Scarce in commerce, a handsome copy in good repair.; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 1234 pages
Title: The estates, empires & principallities of the world. Represented by ye description of countries,maner of inhabitants,riches of provinces,forces,government,religion,and the princes that have governed in every estate. With the begin(n)ing of all militarie and religious orders. Translated out of French...
Edition: First English Edition
Publisher: London, Adam Islip for Mathewe Lownes and John Bill: 1615
Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 9265