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    With Thirty Copper-Plates and Two Maps

    Jean-Baptist Tavernier. Collections of Travels through Turky into Persia, and the East-Indies Giving an account of the present state of those countries. As also a full relation of the five years wars, between Aureng-Zebe and his brothers in their father's life-time, about the succession. And a voyage made by the Great Mogul (Aureng-Zebe) with his army from Dehli to Lahor, from Lahor to Bember, and from thence to the kingdom of Kachemire, by the Mogols, call'd The paradise of the Indies. Together with a relation of the kingdom of Japan and Tunkin, and of their particular manners and trade. To which is added a new description of the grand seignior's seraglio, and also of all the kingdoms that encompass the Euxine and Caspian seas. Being the travels of Monsieur Tavernier Bernier, and other great men: adorned with many copper plates. The first volume [Second volume] London: Moses Pitt, 1684.

    Third edition in English. Six parts in two volumes. Folio. [20], 184, 195-264; [2], 214; [6], 113, [1]; 154, [2, ads]; 87, [1]; 66 pages. With 30 engraved plates only (of 32) on twenty-six sheets, two maps ('Japon' & 'Great Mogul').

    Finely bound to style in full Cambridge-panelled calf, spine densely gilt in compartments, red morocco gilt lettering label, marbled endpapers. Last three parts without their separate titles and prefatory material (each starts on the first page of the text). Some browning and a few stray tidemarks. Sturdy and attractive.


    More Information: "Tavernier...will always continue among the most valuable travellers in the East. His account of Turkey, which he did not visit himself, if formed on the memoirs of his brother, nd is full of errors.-Pinkerton. But see Harris: He is more copious, and at the same time no less exact, than any of the authors who have attempted to point out the advantages derived from our commerce in the East...We discover in his writings a greater compass of thought and a more masterly turn in his observations than in almost any other book of the kinds, which is owing to his having considered these things over and over in consequence of the several voyages he made to the Indies.-The interest in Tavernier's travels lies in the personal experiences and adventures he relates. Though he was unfairly treated by his fellow travellers, such as Bernier and Thevenot, both of whom he met in India, he does not return ill for ill. He successfully combined his business as jeweler with his travels. Towards the end of 1663, on his sixth and last voyage, he took with him £30,000 worth of stuff, the most of which he sold at Ispahan to the Shah of Persia. He also disposed of some jewels to the Great Mogul Aurangzib. His financial transactions on the whole must have been very profitable, for when he returned to Paris in 1668 he was a man of wealth, and like a wise fellow proceeded to stay home and enjoy it. Some of his fellow travellers charged him with being a dupe, but modern scholars agree that in the main he was accurate in his statements of facts. His work is especially valuable at the time for its information on trade, trade routes, and diamonds mines" (Cox I, p. 275).

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