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    Frederic Shoberl, editor. The World in Miniature. Hindoostan. [Together with:] Japan. [And:] Persia. [And:] Spain and Portugal. London: [1822-1825]. First editions, from the Library of Rudolph Valentino, with his bookplate.

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    The World in Miniature...Hindoostan, Containing a Description of the Religion, Manners, Customs, Trades, Arts, Sciences, Literature, Diversions, &c. of The Hindoos... London: R. Ackermann, [1822]. First edition. [Together with:] Persia, Containing a Brief Description of the Country; and an Account of its Government, Laws, and Religion and of the Character, Manners and Customs, Arts, Amusements, &c. of its Inhabitants... London: R. Ackermann, [1822]. First edition. [And:] Japan, containing Illustrations of the Character, Manners, Customs, Religion, Dress, Amusements, Commerce, Agriculture, &c. of the People of that Empire... London: R. Ackermann, [1823]. First edition. [And:] Spain and Portugal, containing a Description of the Character, Manners, Customs, Dress, Diversions, and other Peculiarities of the Inhabitants of those Countries... London: R. Ackermann, [1825]. First edition. Together, twelve volumes (six Hindoostan; three Persia; one Japan; two Spain and Portugal); twelvemo. Illustrated. Contemporary light brown diced calf; spines in five compartments with four raised bands, tooled in gilt, compartments elaborately stamped in gilt, two with black gilt-lettered leather labels, boards double-ruled in gilt with decorative blind tooling, board edges tooled in gilt; marbled page edges and endpapers. Joints darkened and worn, front boards of Spain and Portugal detached; a couple volumes possibly rebacked at an early date; backstrips dulled with the leather starting to crack; boards rubbed with a few small blots; spine ends, board edges and corners worn to varying degrees. Pages edges slightly dust-soiled; faint offsetting opposite plates; some volumes somewhat foxed. Very good. Ex-Rudolph Valentino, with his oversized bookplate bottom portion trimmed to fit on the front board. From a Private Collection in St. Charles, IL.

    "The aim of this series...was...to increase the store of knowledge concerning the various branches of the great family of man, not only for adults, but also keeping in view the instruction and amusement of the juvenile student," Abbey 6, p. 19.



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