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    Adam Olearius. The Voyages & Travels of the Ambassadors from the Duke of Holstein, to the Great Duke of Muscovy, and the King of Persia.... Containing a Compleat History of Muscovy, Tartary, Persia, and Other Adjacent Countries. ... Whereto are Added The Travels of John Albert de Mandelslo, (a Gentleman Belonging to the Embassy) From Persia, into the East-Indies. London: Thomas Dring, and John Starkey, 1662.

    First English-language edition. Folio. [26], 424, [4], 168, 278, [11] pages. Seven folding engraved maps. Frontispiece. Three engraved portraits.

    Full contemporary calf. Raised bands. Hinges cracked. Some early restoration to weak joints. Some scuffing to boards, slight bumping to extremities. Slight foxing throughout. Two maps have closed tears neatly repaired on the verso. Inked name of previous owner in contemporary hand. Overall, a handsome copy in very good condition.

    Adam Olearius was court mathematician and librarian to the Duke of Holstein. "In the seventeenth century the duke of Holstein had sent Adam Olearius through Russia and Persia in search of a northern silk route via Schleswig to western Europe. The trade route failed, but Olearius reported on the myriad of flora, fauna, and people groups and mapped the entire Volga River" (Carhart, p. 29).

    Carhart, The Science of Culture in Enlightenment Germany. ESTC R21580. Wing O-269.

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