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    First Edition of Chardin's Excellent Illustrated Voyages to the East, with Important Content About Persia, Armenia, and the West Indies

    [Sir John] Chardin. Journal du Voyage du Chevalier Chardin en Perse & aux Indes Orientales, par la Mer Noire & par la Colchide. Premiere Partie. London: Moses Pitt, 1686. First edition of the first part (all published). Folio. Approximately 12 x 7.75 inches. [x], 349 (with printer's pagination error - text complete), [1, blank], [5, Indice], [1, blank] pages. Complete with engraved title-page, engraved portrait of Chardin, folding map, and fifteen engraved (mostly folding) plates and views inserted throughout. Contemporary full tan calf, spine tooled in gilt in compartments, six raised bands, brown gilt morocco lettering label, gilt board-edges, marbled endleaves. Binding worn and soiled with a few small worm-holes, hinges starting, intermittent soiling, creasing or minor damage to text, engraved title-page loose with a circular tear in the center, one folded plate loose and torn, several other plates with later repairs and with tears at folds, plate 10 grafted onto plate 9. Still, a good copy of this important illustrated travel book. From the collection of a gentleman of New York.

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    "His route differed from that usually taken by travellers to the East Indies in that he proceeded by way of the Black Sea and the countries bordering thereon. His account of the Persian court and of his business transactions with the Shah are of great interest. Sir William Jones regarded his narrative as the best yet published on the Mohammedan nations" (Cox). Wing C2041. Cox I, 250.

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