One of the Finest Eighteenth-Century Travel Books About the Near East

    [Persia and Armenia]. Jean Chardin. Voyages de Mr. le Chevalier Chardin, en Perse et Autres Lieux de l'Orient... Amsterdam: Jean Louis de Lorme, 1771. First complete edition, published the same year as the first (three quarto volume) edition. Ten twelvemo volumes. With engraved portrait, folding map, seventy-eight folding plates, and six folding tables, as called-for. Title-pages in red and black. Bound in contemporary full mottled calf, boards triple-ruled in gilt, with gilt floral cornerpieces, spines paneled in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, burgundy gilt morocco lettering labels, marbled endleaves, all edges stained red. Some hinges cracking (yet bindings still quite solid), some wear to bindings, a few plates with tears. Still, a near fine set. Each volume with a small bookplate, "Ex Libris Desmeure". One of the best eighteenth-century travel books about Persia, Armenia, and the Near East. Wilson 40. From the collection of a gentleman of New York.

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