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CLAUDE DELAVAL COBHAM
Exerpta Cypria
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N. LE HUEîf. FRA. NOE. FRA. NOE. A little book of 19*2 pages, measuring 6 inches by 4&, with rude woodcuts, bears the imprint of G. A. Keinonclini, Bassano, without date. The title runs Vittgio da Venetia al S. Sepolcro, et at Mimte. Sinai....Composto (tal R. i\ Noe (Biaìwhi) dclV ordine-7li S. Francesco. The British Museum possesses editions of 1500, 1519, 1546, 1555, 1568, 1587,1640, 1647, 1680, and 1728; and others are known of Venice, 1566,1614, Bologna, 1690, and Bassano, 1770. The phrasing is here and there so onrt and disjointed as to be scarcely intelligible. P. 25. We left Rhodes...and reached Cyprus. We passed by several cities, one of which was called Baffo. This was once large and strong, as its mine testify. It is now all destroyed. And below is a church which once belonged to the Friars Minor, and a large prison with seven different cells, iu which & Paul was for some time confined, and S. Barnabas the Apostle. In this place under another church runs a wonder-working spring, which is drunk as a sovereign remedy for fever. In this place are seven little rooms where it is said the seven sleepers slept, but not those who slept in the Coelic hill. From this city wo came to another, also iu rains, and leaving this we came to Liniisso, which a sultan rased to the foundations. Here wherever yon dig yon find sweet waters....Cyprus is 300 miles from Rhodes, 165 miles long and broad. Mutton is very cheap, but not very good. Sometimes you can get nine sheep for a ducat. P. 178. How we left Egypt...and arrived in no long time at the island of Cyprus, at the city of Famagosta, a seaport. I left that city and went by laud to the place where king Costa once lived, who was father to the holy virgin Catherine. The placo is called Salamina, and the city Constautia, bnt the city is quite destroyed, yet one may see the walls of the castle in which king Costa lived. Where S. Catherine was born is a little church outside the city in the hands of the G reeks. There is a little chapel to mark the spot where S. Catherine was beheaded, and the Apostle Barnabas. And there are many indulgences : and in the same city is the body of S. Epiphanius, which is shown entire and uucorrupt.... We left Beffania, and passed the island of Beffania, and in α few days found ourselves at Nicosia, where the king of Cyprus lives, and we went to get his leave, for no one can quit his kingdom without leave, so that one must get his seal, and so we went to the port of Famagosta [whence we sailed for Venice].

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