The Totall Discourse, of the Rare Adventures, and Painefull Peregrinations of Long Nineteene Yeares Travailes from Scotland, to the Most Famous Kingdomes in Europe, Asia and Affrica… Together with the Grievous Tortures he Suffered by the Inquisition of Malaga in Spaine.


London for I. Oakes, 1640, 4to (180 x 135mm.), with woodcut frontispiece portrait of Lithgow in Ottoman dress, woodcut illustrations (some near full-page) in the text, contemporary calf gilt, restored.

William Lithgow (1852-1645?), born in Lanark, travelled from Shetland and Orkney to the Ionian Islands, Athens, Smyrna, Rhodes, Cyprus, and Aleppo, and onwards with a caravan of Armenians and Turks, via Damascus to Galilee and Jerusalem. His spirited account of his journeys “is a book of uncommon value and interest, for its descriptions of men and manners even more than of places… it is probably the earliest authority for coffee-drinking in Europe, Turkish baths, a pigeon post between Aleppo and Bagdad… and the importation (since about 1550) of currants from Zante to England…

STC 15714; Blackmer 1021; Röhricht 93

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