A spectacular "Wunderkammer"

Brown, E.

[Wunderkammer - Giant Library] Durch Niederland, Teutschland, Hungarn, Serbien, Bulgarien, Macedonien, Thessalien, Oesterreich, Steirmarck, Kärnthen, Carniolen, Friaul, &c. gethane ganz sonderbare Reisen...

Published 1685
Item ID 73078

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Nürnberg, Johann Ziegler, 1685. 4to (20.3 x 16.5 cm). Engraved title, letterpress title in black and red; 17 (of 19?) engraved plates, of which several larger, folding. Later blind vellum.

First German edition of medical doctor Edward Brown's description of his 'Grand Tour' through Europe, A Brief Account of some Travels in divers Parts of Europe (1685). With many fine plates, including one of a spectacular " Wunderkammer"-cum-library "Die Kayserliche Biblitheck und Raritaten Kamer", with the walls covered by bookcases over 20 shelves high, and various stuffed animals hanging from the ceilings. Brown (1644-1708) was assisted by his father, Thomas Brown, in writing this work (Wyatt). With a fine pictorial bookplate "Carpe Diem" of Hilda Uthemann on the front pastedown. Lacks a portrait and a plate opposite p. 312. Paper restorations to the margins of the title pages, some outer margins of plates and preliminary text leaves; diminishing stain in the margin of the first leaves; otherwise very good. Very rare. Wyatt, A. On the Eminent Dr Edward Brown’s Travels”: A Familial Network of Creation in the Philosophical Transactions.

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