Les observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses memorables, trouvees en Grece, Asia, Iudee, Egypte, Arabie, & autres pays estranges
redigees en trois livres, Reveuz de nouveau & augmentez de Figures. Paris Hierosme de Marnef & la Veufue Guillaume Cavellar 1588
Third Paris edition 4to, pp. [xxiv], 468, [ii (imprint leaf)], woodcut device on title, portrait of the author on p.xxiv, 43 woodcut illustrations in the text, including a map of the Hellespont (p.173) and of Alexandria (p.206), woodcut tailpieces. Lacking the folding map, and the plate of St Catherine's monastery. Nineteenth-century French calf-backed marbled boards, spine decorated in gilt and blind with black lettering piece, hinges cracked. Light waterstain on some leaves towards the end. A very good copy.
Nissen ZBI 304; Atabey 94; Brunet I, 762
Originally printed in Paris in 1553 and 1554/5, another edition appeared in Antwerp in 1555. This is the first edition printed in Roman letters. The author, one of the first explorer naturalists, studied medicine in Paris and botany at Wurtemburg before travelling in the Levant from 1546 to 1549 to see at first hand the plants he had learnt about. The illustrations, attributed to Arnold Nicolai and Pierre Goudet (or Gourdelle) are largely of plants and animals, but the text also discusses the antiquities, customs and manners of the regions visited, and includes a description of Cairo under Turkish occupation.