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Valle, Pietro Della (Translated, Abridged, and Introduced By George Bull) : The Pilgrim
Hutchinson, London, 1989
8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. SIGNED BY GEORGE BULL on half title page with dedication. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine price clipped dustjacket. xix + 303 pages. George Bull O.B.E. (1929-2001) was a widely travelled author, journalist, translator and polymath, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Pietro Della Valle was a romantic, born in 1586 of an illustrious Italian family which boasted two cardinals. He wooed the woman of his choice for 12 long years: when her family gave her to another, he left Italy, vowing never to return until he had set foot in the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Twelve years of travel took him to Turkey, Persia and India, and were recorded in three distinctive books, of which only the Indian version has ever been published in English. Yet Pietro Della Valle was a man whose intrepid spirit, natural curiosity and knowledge of languages made him the perfect guide to the colourful and turbulent world of the 17th century. In this book George Bull has distilled an unforgettable Renaissance adventure from all three volumes. Illustrated endpapers and 17 other illustrations mostly taken from the Dutch edition of 1664-5. **** NOT FOLIO SOCIETY EDITION **** L. Book Condition: Fine. Binding: Hard Cover. Jacket: Fine
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