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An informative account of a voyage to the Mediterranean

JONG, Cornelius de.
Derde reize naar de Middellandsche zee gedaan in de jaren 1786, 1787 en 1788.
Haarlem, François Bohn, 1810-1812. 2 volumes bound as 1. 8vo. Witha stipple engraved frontispiece portrait of the author, an engraved view of two Corsican farmers and a folding engraved view of the Cave of Dogs, a small cave on the eastern side of the Phlegraean Fields near Pozzuoli, Naples. Contemporary half calf. XXIV, 284; XVI, 291, [1 blank] [1], [1 blank] pp.
€ 750
First and only edition of an account of the third voyage to the Mediterranean of the Dutch sea-captain Cornelius de Jong van Rodenburgh (1762-1838). He calls at various ports, including (on) Corsica, Marseille, Toulon, Livorno, Malaga, Mallorca, Barcelona, Marseille, Naples, Pompeii and Lisbon. The account is written in the form of 59 letters, not limited to mere travel details, but including much information on the areas visited: history, politics, trade, customs, geography and natural history. With interesting notes on smuggling and female beauty.
With a letterpress dedication by the Dutch fund for encouraging naval service ("Vaderlandsch Fonds ter aanmoediging van 's-lands zeedienst"), filled in manuscript, to Hendrik Balthasar Constantijn Helvetius Ruijsch, dated 1820. The frontispiece portrait lightly foxed, one leaf with a tiny corner torn-off and another with a small hole in the gutter margin (affecting two words of text), but otherwise in very good condition. Cat. NHSM, p. 121; Tiele, Bibl. 554.
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