Voyages historiques de l'Europe, by JORDAN DE COLOMBIER, Claude Jordan…

FER, Nicolas de, engraver.

Voyages historiques de l'Europe, Tome I. Qui comprend tout ce qu’il y a de plus curieux en France. Augmenté de la Guide des Voyageurs ou Description des Routes les plus frequentées, pour Voyager par toute la France avec une Carte trés exacte de ce Royaume. Par Mr. de B.F. Nouvelle Edition. Amsterdam, Pierre de Coup, 1718.

New Edition. Eight volumes, 16mo (132 x 68 mm), pp. [iv], 356; [x], 313; [x], 372 (title page shaved); [xiv], 569; [iv], 332; [x], 404; [x], 232; [x], 372, with one folding engraved map facing the start of the text in each volume and two further plates in the final volume, some light browning but generally a good copy internally, in contemporary mottled calf, bindings considerably worn with wormholes, surface abrasion and chipped head- and tail-caps, the last two volumes missing parts of the leather entirely, some cracking of joints but generally sound.

A scarce edition of Claude Jordan de Colombier’s much cited and frequently printed guide to travel in France and throughout Europe, first published in 1698. The volumes are dedicated to specific European countries, as follows: France, Spain & Portugal, Italy, England, the Netherlands, Germany, Russia. Each volume has a folding engraved map bound after the preliminary material. The final volume includes Poland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway and has two extra engraved plates, the first showing Sweden, Denmark and Norway and the second giving a more detailed map of Denmark.
The text is rich in detail for the educated traveller and goes far beyond the basic information required by travellers, covering aspects from architecture, the arts, rare books and military defenses. Here he is writing about Nuremberg:
‘Cette Ville est très-recommandable par sa grandeur, qui a trois grandes lieues de France de circuit, elle est ceinte de trois murailles de pierre de taille, franquées de 183 Tours, & d’un Fossé large & profond. Sa bibliothèque est rempli d’un grand nombre de Livres & Manuscrits très-rares; son Arsenal est garni de tout ce qui peut servir à sa défense. Il y a de très-belles Eglises’.

OCLC lists the BL only.

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