The first European to enter Mecca and Medina
By VARTHEMA, Ludvico di, 1654
De uytnemende en seer vvonderlijcke zee-en-landt-reyse van de heer Ludovvyck di Barthema, van Bononien, Ridder &c. Gedaen inde Morgenlanden, Syrien, vrughtbaer en woest Arabien, Perssen, Indien, Egypten, Ethiopien en andere.
- Author: VARTHEMA, Ludvico di
- Publication place: Utrecht
- Publisher: Gerard Nieuwenhuysen & Willem Snellaert
- Publication date: 1654.
- Physical description: 4to. Engraved frontispiece and 4 engraved plates, plates shaved, head of title-page reinforced, otherwise in good condition. Contemporary vellum.Collation: , 56, “56” [= 60], 24, [2, 2 blank] pp.
- Inventory reference: 1305
“Varthema’s Itinerario, first published in 1510, had an enormous impact at the time, and in some respects determined the course of European expansion towards the Orient” (Howgego). His account, moreover, contains a detailed description of Mecca and the Islamic pilgrimage, and four evocative plates (including an illustration of a Sati ritual).
Contrary to the statement on the title-page, this is de second Dutch translation; an earlier and rather elusive rendering had already been published at Antwerp in 1544. The present translation was made by Felix van Sambix de Jonge after Megiser’s German translation of the Italian. With a poem by Simon de Vries.
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