Augsburg, Miller, June 16 1515
(Graesse I, p. 301; Fairfax Murray, nr 418 (the 1516, Strasbourg edition)
In small quarto (bookblock: 18.8x15.2cm)
Re-cased in near contemporary simple calf over boards
Four raised bands on the spine
Folded in four: a;b;c;d;e;f;g;h;I;k;l;m;n;o;p;q;r;s;t; total 76 leaves
Engraved title page and 45 woodcuts in the text, all - except five - in deep, contemporary colour.
The translation into German by Michael Herr; the woodcuts by Georg Breu
Title page: the author offering his book to Agnes of Urbino.
(Agnesia Feltria Colonna,
married to Fabrizio Colonna,
Duchess of Albu and Tagliacozzo)
Condition: our copy is re-cased in contemporary full calf over carton boards and has 2 leaves (including 2 images) of facsimile, printed on contemporary paper. The facsimile leaves are: a2&a3. The rather course colouring throughout the book is contemporary and typical for the time.
Any early edition of the Varthema is extremely scarce. In 2000 I found 9 complete copies of the first edition in the world and 3 incomplete copies (including the one in the British Library). The last time a first edition came to the market is in the 2011 New York Bookfair where it was offered for 1.000.000 US.