TUDÈLE (Benjamin de)

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TUDÈLE (Benjamin de)
Itinerarium. Leiden, Elzévir, 1633. In-8, fawn calf, double gilt fillet crossing at the corners, spine decorated with gilt fleurons, red title page, red speckled edges (17th century binding).
Willems, n°377.
First edition bringing together the original text in Hebrew, published in Constantinople in 1543, and its Latin translation by Constantine the Emperor.
A major figure in medieval Jewish geography and history, Benjamin de Tudèle travelled throughout Europe and Asia from the middle of the 12th century in order to learn about the evolution of the Jewish communities and schools of his time. He visited Greece, Turkey, Palestine, Syria and Persia. His account of these Asian lands precedes that of Marco Polo by a century.
From the libraries of Henry Le Court (bookplate) and the Earl of Coventry (bookplate bearing the motto Candide, et constanter).
Hole deleting letters on f. *4. Some light foxing at the end of the volume. Spine rebacked, skillful restorations to corners and edges.
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