With the Earliest Detailed Plans of St. Sophia and Other Monuments of Constantinople

    [Guillaume Joseph Grelot]. Relation Nouvelle d'un Voyage de Constantinople. Paris: Pierre Rocolet, Chez la Veuve de Damien Foucault, 1681. Second edition. Twelvemo. [xii], 371, [1, Privilege] pages. With fourteen engraved folding plates, including a plan of St. Sophia and a panorama of Constantinople (often times this work is described as having thirteen plates, but the copy present has fourteen). Contemporary full vellum over boards, author's name in ink on spine. Some usual toning, thumbsoiling and rubbing to binding, hinges starting (yet binding still solid), a few small ink notations on endleaves. Still, a fine copy of this "important work". (Atabey). From the collection of a gentleman of New York.

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    "Grelot (born c. 1630) travelled in the Levant and Persia with Jean Chardin from 1671 to 1676 and provided many of the illustrations for Chardin's work on Persia. In Constantinople, Grelot made many drawings of St Sophia and other monuments, the only reasonably accurate delineations of the building for some 150 years" (Blackmer). "Grelot disguised himself as a Turk and thus attired travelled over the greater part of the Turkish Empire... Knowing the language of the Turks he was enabled to wander about the city of Constantinople as he pleased, to mingle with the inhabitants, and to make sketches of interesting objects... By judicious bribing he gained entrance to St. Sophia, of which he made sketches. The work has been reckoned to be one of the best books of travel"(Cox). Atabey 527. Blackmer 750. Cox I, 213. (All discussing the first edition).

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