1599 · [Leyden]
Plantin Press publication of Dutch Greek and Latin scholar George van der Does' travel descriptions of his visit to Constantinople, addressed to his father the poet and philologist Janus Dousa, along with some Greek inscriptions and letters from the journey. The text contains passages in roman, italic, Greek, and Arabic type with a few printed marginal notes and illustrated initials; also featured are some rough facsimiles of the "Inscriptiones Antiquae" framed in rules.
The Arabic type, described as "the foundation stone for a revolution in Arabic scholarship," was designed by Franciscus Raphelengius and Josephus Justus Scaliger after the two began studying Arabic together, and was first used in 1595.
Binding: Late 18th- or early 19th-century sponge-dappled calf, spine gilt extra with one olive and one burgundy leather label; all edges speckled blue and brown.
Evidence of Readership: Most of the text contains underlined phrases and names in an early ink, suggesting a close reading.
Provenance: Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Adams D865; Index Aurel. 155.617. On the Arabic type, see: University Library Leiden, Arabic type specimen (pp. ix–xi). Bound as above, rubbed through leather at corners and a little at spine (the latter with pinhole worming); track-type worming to covers from the inside, affecting pastedowns, endpapers, and, less severely, first and last leaves. Pencilling, evidence of a removed bookplate, and a previous bookseller's description on endpapers. Underlining and final blank lacking as above; faintest waterstaining across bottom corner, or tiny wormholes/tracking at top and bottom margins, to about a third of the text. => A young man's firsthand "Eastern" travel and a typographically significant work to boot. (Inventory #: 37782)