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    The Exceedingly Rare First Edition, with Fifteen Engraved Plates and a Hand-colored Map of the Island of Ceylon

    Robert Knox. An Historical Relation of the Island Ceylon, in the East-Indies. Together, With an account of the detaining in captivity the Author and divers other Englishmen now living there, and of the Author's miraculous escape. Illustrated with Figures, and a map of the island. By Robert Knox, a captive there near twenty years. London: Printed by Richard Chiswell, Printer to the Royal Society, at the Rose and Crown in St. Paul's Church-yard, 1681.

    First edition. Folio. Engraved folding map colored in outline by hand and fifteen engraved plates; some soiling and edge tears, several closed tears mostly marginal, a couple of minor paper repairs to rear of plate. First printed leaf re-inforced on the back at the gutter; title page with a small hole. Contemporary calf; bindings dry and perishing, covers detached. Still a good, attractive copy of a very rare book.

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