CORYATE (THOMAS) Coryats Crudities: hastily gobled up in five moneths travells... newly digested  in the hungry aire of Odcombe in the county of Somerset, and now dispersed to the nourishment of the travelling members of this kingdome
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CORYATE (THOMAS) Coryats Crudities: hastily gobled up in five moneths travells... newly digested in the hungry aire of Odcombe in the county of Somerset, and now dispersed to the nourishment of the travelling members of this kingdome
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CORYATE (THOMAS)
Coryats Crudities: hastily gobled up in five moneths travells... newly digested in the hungry aire of Odcombe in the county of Somerset, and now dispersed to the nourishment of the travelling members of this kingdome, first edition, folding engraved allegorical title-page by William Hole, 4 engraved plates (2 folding), full-page woodcut of the Prince of Wales's crest, 2 engraved illustrations (including full-page engraved portrait on p.496), small paper-flaw (without loss of text) to I3 and K2-3 but otherwise a remarkably clean copy with wide margins, bookplate of William Arthur, Duke of Portland, eighteenth century calf, spine gilt, joints neatly refurbished [STC 5808; Pforzheimer 218; Keynes, Donne 70], 4to (212 x 157mm.), [William Stansby, for the Author], 1611

Footnotes

  • "There has probably never been another such combination of learning and buffoonery as is here set forth" (Pforzheimer). In 1608 Coryate travelled, often alone on foot, through France and Italy to Venice, from where he returned via Switzerland and Germany, a journey which he drew upon for his Crudities "which was intended to encourage courtiers and gallants to enrich their minds by continental travel". Prior to publication Coryate sought testimonials from fellow writers, and these mostly mock-heroic elegies were printed in the book. Contributors included Ben Jonson, Donne, Harington, Drayton and other members of the "Mermaid Tavern" set.
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