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TAVERNIER, JOHN BAPTISTE: - The Six Voyages ... Through Turky into Persia, and the East-Indies. Finished in the Year 1670. Giving an Account of the State of those Countries. Together with a New Relation of the Present Grand Seignor's Seraglio. London, Printed for R.L. and M.P. and are to be sold by John Starkey, and Moses Pitt, 1678. TOGETHER WITH: A Collection of Several Relations & Treatises Singular and Curious, ... Not Printed among his first Six Voyages. London, A.Godbid and J. Playford, for Moses Pitt, 1680.

Folio. Two works bound in one volume. First work: Pp. (ii), 2, (xviii), 184, pp. 195-264 + pp. (ii), 214, 1 blank leaf + pp. (vi), 97, (viii), 107-119, (3). With 24 engraved plates and some text illustrations. Second work: Pp. (xx), (2), 14, (3),15-46, (2), 47-87 + pp. 66, (2). With two maps (of Japan and Tonkin) on one folded leaf and 8 engraved plates. Contemporary calf, rebacked new calf spine with five raised bands and title label, marbled edges. Bookplate (Donald George Mackenzie) on front paste-down. First English editions of Tavernier's celebrated work "Six Voyages" and the Supplement, originally published in 1676-77 and 1679 respectively. John Baptiste Tavernier (1605-89) was a French gem merchant who spent 30 years travelling in the East. His famous work covers his travels to Turkey, Persia, India and the East Indies. Including information about Caucasus, Armenia, Constantinople, Baghdad, Ispahan, Aleppo, Agra, Goa, Surat, Bhutan, Ceylon, Batavia, South East Asia, etc. The plates depict city views of Yerevan, Baghdad, Candahar, Island of Ormus, two of Arabic script and several of Oriental coins and gems, reflecting the author's commercial interest. One chapter is devoted to the Ottoman court's Seraglio (Harem).The Voyages "are rich in materials on routes, traveling conditions, trading practices, the mines of Golcondia [in India], and the Dutch and English activities in the East" (Lach). The supplement contains descriptions of Japan and Tonkin (today north Vietnam); French negotiations in Persia and India which resulted in the foundation of the French East India company; commerce in the East Indies; and Tavernier's highly critical remarks on how the Dutch manage their affairs in Asia. The eight plates are devoted to Tonkin including ceremonial processions, pagodas, official costumes and a theatre scene. Small tear to inner fold of map, occasionally some minor marginal staining, one leaf with small burn hole, but overall a very handsome and bright copy. Howgego T14. Lach, Asia in the Making of Europe III, pp. 416-8. Wing T256.
EUR 8500.00 [Appr.: US$ 9608.62 | £UK 7272 | JPą 1056172] Book number 120285

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