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Thévenot, Jean de (1633-1667)
Relation d'un voyage fait au Levant. English.
The travels of Monsieur de Thevenot into the Levant. In three parts, viz. into I. Turkey. II. Persia. III. The East-Indies. Newly done out of French.
London : Printed by H. Clark, for H. Faithorne, J. Adamson, C. Skegnes, and T. Newborough, 1687.

Image from Thevenot's Relation d'un voyage fait au Levant

Thévenot's travel narrative is typical of the genre in the latter half of the seventeenth century. It is full of interesting factual information which could be cited by compilers of Baconian-style natural histories. It was quoted twice, at length, by Robert Boyle in his General History of the Air, 1692 (also in this exhibition).

Another image from Thevenot's Relation d'un voyage fait au Levant
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