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The Most Complete Edition
Beautifully Illustrated with 49 Engraved Maps And Views
Mediterranean/ Greece/ Holy Land/ Turkey.
BEAUVAU, Henri de. [Nancy, 1619]
Relation iournaliere du voyage du Levant faict & descrit par... Henry de Beauvau, Baron di dict lieu... Reveu, augmenté et enrichy par l’autheur de pourtraicts des lieux les plus remarquables.
4to. [24.2 x 19 cm]
(4) ff. including engraved title, 181 (recto 180) pp. with 49 engraved plates in text. Bound in limp vellum, gilt stamp of Camille Aboussouan on upper cover, later ties. With Aboussouan’s two bookplates, on front pastedown and verso of flyleaf. Also with Sefik Atabey’s bookplate pasted inside the front cover. Contemporary inscriptions on the title: Ex dono D. de Pigier, Ex Bibliotheca S. Victoria Paris; (cancelled) library stamp of Muséum D’Histoire Naturelle. Some faint waterstaining to upper corner of some leaves, scattered spotting throughout, else excellent.
A very rare, richly illustrated edition of Beauvau’s 1605 expedition through Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Palestine and Egypt. One of the most substantially illustrated French travelogues of the first half of the 17th century relating to the Near East, this work provides a virtual atlas of these areas. The book includes finely engraved town plans of Nicosia, Jerusalem, Haifa, Venice, Cairo, Constantinople, Alexandria, and many more, as well maps of several Mediterranean islands, including Malta, Cyprus, and Corfu. Beauvau describes many religious landmarks and holy sites, such as the Holy Sepulchre, which is illustrated, as well as providing details on peoples of various faiths he encountered during his travels. This edition also includes floor plans of the more important churches in Jerusalem.
Of special note is Beauvau’s style of cartographic illustration, which is reminiscent of the Italian isolarios in the manner of Bertelli and Camocio. This suggests that at this relatively early date France did not as yet have a very well developed cartographic style, forcing publishers to look for models elsewhere—in this case Italy, where isolarios had been published for more than a century. The plates, however, were engraved by the Frenchman, Jean Appier Hanzelet, of Lorraine, a very good engraver who is best known for his book on pyrotechnics with memorable illustrations in a kindred style.
Henri de Beauvau, a soldier and diplomat, fought the Turks in Hungary first in the service of Emperor Rudolph III, and then under the elector of Bavaria. He embarked upon this journey in 1605, regarding it as a diplomatic venture rather than a pilgrimage.
This work first appeared without illustrations in an octavo format in 1608. The first illustrated edition was published in 1615, also by Garnich. It is clear from the text that the illustrations were specifically engraved for the work; thus the Garnich editions are traditionally considered the most complete. “Beauveau was a writer who caught on, only after his book of pilgrimage had been printed, to opportunities of illustrating his travels, and he took pains to supervise the inclusion of elaborate engravings in later editions. Pilgrimage to the Levant was in general one of the great illustrated genres of early modernity” ( Noonan, p. 247). This 1619 edition is not in OCLC, but we have located two copies: Dresden and the British Library.
Atabey 85; this edition not in Blackmer (cf. 106 for first illustrated edition); Brunet I.724 (s.v Beauveau); Zacharakis 247-264; F. Thomas Noonan, The Road to Jerusalem, pp. 131-33 and pp. 246-47 .