third edition in Italian but the first printed in Italy, woodcut device on title, woodcut initials, 67 full page engraved copper plates, mis-paginated at pages 50 and 143-144 as issued, some see-through from plate impressions, light scattered spotting and old damp-staining, occasionally trimmed close to engraving borders at lower margins or foremargins, lacks final blank M8, modern vellum with leather spine label, folio (30 x 19cm), from the Library of John Nevinson with his Bookplate,
Nicolay, Royal Geographer, accompanied Gabriel d'Aramont, French diplomat and ambassador of Henri II, on a mission to Constantinople in 1551. While there he wrote this account and sketched his remarkable figures of Ottomans, Arabs, Armenians, Persians and islanders in costume. The engravings are close copies of the first folio edition of 1567, but with seven additional images.
Provenance - John Lea Nevinson (1904-1986) the dress and textile historian, 1904-1986. He worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum 1929-1939. After the Second World War he joined the Ministry of Education, continuing to pursue his interests in dress and textile history, as well as renaissance iconography and prints, publishing articles on these subjects for Connoisseur, Apollo, Costume and other journals. Then bequeathed to Donald King (1920-1998) & Monique King (1922-2020) the textile historians. Adams, N253; Blackmer 1196; Colas II, 220.
Stock ref: 14500