Delle Navigationi et Viaggi, Vol I, Giovanni Battista Ramusio, 6th Ed, Rare, 1613


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Delle Navigationi et Viaggi
Raccolte da M. Gio. Battista Ramusio,
In Tre Volumi Divise


Publisher: In Venetia, Appresso I Giunti
Copyright: 1613

CONDITION: This book is in poor condition. Hardcover/Rebound. This book has been hastily rebound. The current binding belonged to another book. The boards were glued onto the spine merely to protect the manuscript. This extremely rare and hard to find volume of Ramusio's famous work I beautifully typeset and contains many woodcuts as well as a printer's device on the title page. The maps have unfortunately been excised. The text block is in surprisingly good shape for its age. There is some toning/browning and occasional foxing throughout the text. There is evidence of moisture damage along the right hand corner. There is an old ink signature on the title page which reads Bendinelli Sauli. This book was likely housed in the library of the Bendinelli Sauli palace in Genoa. The palace is located in Via San Lorenzo at number 12 in the historic center of Genoa and is currently included in the list of buildings registered with the Rolli of Genoa. There is another ink inscription on the rear endpaper written in Italian. This book is a prime candidate for rebinding. Price reflects condition. Only reasonable offers will be considered.


Though he himself traveled little, Ramusio published Navigationi et Viaggi ("Navigations and Travels"); a collection of explorers' first-hand accounts of their travels. This was the first work of its kind. It included the accounts of Marco Polo, Niccolò Da Conti, Magellan, Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, and Giosafat Barbaro, as well as the Descrittione dell' Africa. The first volume was published in 1550. This is the 6th Edition of said volume published in 1613.

This collection of voyages was compiled by Giovanni Battista Ramusio (Venice, 1485-1557). The three volumes he left form the most highly valued collection of voyages of the sixteenth century. It is composed of accounts of voyages that had already been published, translated from the French, Spanish and Latin, and also of manuscript accounts that appear here for the first time.

All authors are unanimous in their praise of Ramusio's choice of published narratives. Locke, the English philosopher, states that it is "the most perfect work that nature in any language." Harisse writes, "The publication of Ramusio Raccolta may be said to open an era in the literary history of Voyage and Navigation. Instead of accounts carelessly copied and translated from previous collections, perpetuating errors and anachronisms, we find in this valuable work, original narratives that betray the hand of a scholar of great critical acumen. Ramusio's collection of voyages enjoyed great success, and each volume appeared in several editions, some containing more narratives than others, and with small differences in the maps.

9" x 13.5"
394 pages
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