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Gervaise, Nicolas.]
Histoire naturelle et politique du royaume de Siam
Louis Lucas, Paris, 1690. 4to, pp. [16], 324, [7] ; a4 e4 A-2S4 2T2; folding plate of music, woodcut typographical decorations, head- and tail-pieces, and initials; full contemporary calf recently rebacked with original gilt spine laid down, renewed corners; boards slightly bowed; some not unattractive rubberstamps of a late 19th-century/early 20th-century Chinese library on title page, 19th-century armorial bookplate of Mr. A. G-du Plessis on front pastedown; near fine copy of a scarce edition. An early description of Thailand presented in four sections: the first on the physical and geographical description; followed by law and customs; religion; and lastly an account of the present-day ruler King Narai the Great (reigned 1656-1688). See Cordier, Indosinica, 721 and Graesse III, p. 61, for the first (1688) edition, calling for a folding map not present in this edition. OCLC locates only the Cornell copy in the United States as of October, 2016. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (ABAA / ILAB) [St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.]
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