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Travels through Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands, by celebrated clergyman

BURNET, Gilbert.
Nauwkeurige voyagie door Italiën, Switserland, &c. Behelsende veele aanmerkenswaardige, curieuse, en tot noch toe ongehoorde saken, welke in geen Reys-beschrijvingen aangetekend zijn.
Utrecht, Johannes Ribbius, 1687. 4to. With woodcut decoration on title-page and a woodcut tailpiece. Modern multi-coloured decorative boards. [1], [1 blank], 182, [13], [1 blank] pp.
€ 750
First edition of the Dutch translation of a work on travels through Europe, undertaken and written by Gilbert Burnet (1643-1715). Burnet was a Scottish historian, philosopher, and later Bishop of Salisbury. In 1685 Burnet left Great-Brittain to travel Europe, where he visited the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. During his stay in the Netherlands, Burnet got exiled from England by King James II, after writing a pamphlet advising the Dutch prince William and his wife Mary not to support James for the repeal of the Test Act. The text is written in the form of letters, starting in Zurich, to Milan, Florence, Rome, and ending in Nijmegen, where he noted everything that "seemed most remarkable" and was unheard of in any other travelogue.
Binding rubbed along the extremities, paper cracked at the hinges (hinges still firm) and spine discoloured. Title-page reattached (restored in the gutter), some spots and smudges throughout and a few leaves slightly browned. A good copy. STCN (6 copies); Tiele, Bibl. 217; cf. Berne, Descriptions géographiques et récits de voyages et excursions en suisse, p. 26.
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