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    Mandelslo's Remarkable Voyages
    with Magnificent Maps and Illustrations

    Johann Albrecht von Mandelslo. [A. de Wicquefort, translator].Voyages Celebres & remarquables, Faits de Perse Aux Indes Orientales.... Tome Premier [-Second]. Amsterdam: Michel Charles Le Ce'ne, 1727. Two books in one quarto. [28], 807 numbered columns continuous on 404 pages, [72, index] pages. Portrait frontispiece of Mandelslo, thirty-one of thirty-two engraved folding plates [lacking "La Ville de Goa"], thirteen single page engraved plates, nineteen in-text engravings, two title pages both in red and black with small printer's device, engraved head-piece on dedication page, decorated head- and tail-pieces and large initials. Plates include numerous illustrations, maps, and views. Contemporary full calf, six raised bands on spine with leather title labels and extra gilt designs in compartments, marbled endpapers and textblock edges. Binding rubbed and scratched, minor spots of surface leather loss from biopredation, corners bumped, title labels rubbed and gilt faded; small tear in front hinge, minor spots of paper loss to upper outer corners of pastedowns from biopredation, small holograph pencil bookseller's markings on front fly-leaf, blue ink Polish library stamp on verso of title page and last page of index, some minor foxing and browning to pages, occasional spots of soiling (mostly in index pages), few pages with light edge wear; otherwise in very good condition.
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    "Johann von Mandelslo [1616-1644] was a friend of Adam Olearius and a former page of the Duke of Holstein-Gottorp. Together Mandelslo and Olearius were sent by the Duke on an embassy to the Russian Czar and to the Shah of Persia. Mandelslo was authorized to leave the embassy in Persia and to continue his travels to the Far East. He went to Surat, Agra, and Goa in India, where he received great kindness from the English merchants, and he also visited Ceylon. He gives long accounts of the other parts of the Far East, which he did not visit personally. His return was made to England by sea via the Cape of Good Hope, which he visited in 1639. He gives information regarding the Hottentots of South Africa under the name of 'Soltanimans.' There were two printings in 1662, and another English edition was printed in 1669. There was a German edition of 1696, and French editions of 1719 and 1727."

    - [1073. Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages at the University of California San Diego, William Reese Company & Hodern House, Ltd., 2004].



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