4to (298 x 227mm), pp. xiv, 127, [1 (blank)], [2 (colophon, verso blank)]; title-vignette printed in red, frontispiece, illustrations in the text, 28 full-page; original printed wrappers, green endpapers; fine.
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First edition. A catalogue published to commemorate the Columbus quincentenary, comprising works drawn from the John Carter Brown Library’s remarkable holdings of early Americana and supplemented by a ‘Bibliographical Supplement’, which provides a full account of the works exhibited and also descriptions of later editions and translations down to 1800. The work was designed by Mark Argetsinger and printed by The Stinehour Press.
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[BRUNEL, Antoine de.]
A journey into Spain.
First edition in English. A free and abridged translation of Voyage d’Espagne curieux, historique et politique, first published anonymously in 1665. Setting out from the Netherlands in 1651 in the company of François van Aerssen, Brunel toured France, Germany and Italy before travelling to Spain in March 1655. The party made its way to Madrid via San Sebastián, Vitoria and Burgos, returning to France at the end of June via Zaragoza, Tudela and Pamplona. Aranjuez and Alcalá de Henares are also described. Brunel compiled this account of his travels around 1657 using his own notes and those of Van Aerssen (who drowned on his return to the Netherlands and to whom the work is sometimes attributed).