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STRUYS, Jan Janszoon,
Les Voyages de Jean Struys,
Amsterdam: Jacob van Meurs,, 1681 . 2 parts in one, quarto (238 x 187 mm) Contemporary vellum, manuscript title to spine. First title printed in red and black, 2 additional engraved titles, and 19 folding plates, engraved illustrations. From the library of British Arabist and colonial agent Col. S. B. Miles (1838-1914), with printed bookplate noting his widow's bequest of the collection to Bath Public Library in 1920 and manuscript shelf-mark and blind-stamps as usual. Somewhat rubbed and little stained, inner hinges restored, some marginal dust soiling, plates toned, two a little frayed along fore-margins, one with old repairs verso, about very good. First edition in French, first published in Amsterdam in 1676, before becoming a Europe-wide best-seller. Purporting to be an account of the travels of a Dutch sail-maker and seaman, the truth of these adventures has been challenged in the past. However, it is now widely accepted that although "replete with plagiarised text and improbable events Â… the ghost-written text Â… is nevertheless a useful source" (review of Boterbloem, The Fiction and Reality of Jan Struys in English Historical Review, CXXV, 2010). Overwhelming evidence suggests that the text was compiled by Olfert Dapper, whose methods are well known from his other publications. Although Struys himself was almost certainly illiterate, and despite the presence of material drawn from other sources, his central importance to the project is suggested by the fact that publication was delayed until Struys returned to Amsterdam from Muscovy in 1676. His three voyages too … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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