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La Boullaye Le Gouz, Francois De.
Les voyages et observations du sieur de la Boullaye-le-Gouz gentil-homme Angevin, ou sont decrites les religions, gouvernemens, & situations de estats & royaumes d'Italie, Grece, Natolie, Syrie, Palestine, Karamenie, Kaldee, Assyrie, grand Mogol, Bijapour, Indes orientales des Portugais, Arabie, Egypte, Hollandse, grande Bretagne, Irlande, Dannemark, Pologne, isles & autres lieux d'Europe, Asie & Affrique, ou il a sejourne, le tout enrichy de figures.Paris, Francois Clousier, 1653. 4to. With a woodcut and an engraved author's portrait and 34 woodcut illustrations in text, including several full-page. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine.
1610. Verlag [16], 540, [10], [2 blank] pp.Rare first edition of a travelogue by the French explorer, merchant and diplomat Francois de la Boullaye-Le Gouz (ca.1610-1669). The largest part of the book deals with his travels through the Midde East and India, while a smaller parts treats Le Gouz's travels through Europe. In 1643 he travelled the Middle East under the name Ibrahim Beg, visiting Syria, Palestine, Persia, Egypt, Anatolia and Armenia. A few years later he was send by the French king with an embassy to the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan, where he met and became great friends with the Jesuit Alexandre de Rhodes (1591-1660). La Boullaye-Le Gouz describes the routes he takes, the cities he visits and the people he meets along the way, with frequent observations on religion, natural history and commerce. The illustrations show various Indian deities, some city views or buildings, Indian and Eastern costumes, plants and trees. Pages 243-255 deal with plants, fruits and trees in India, including several palm trees, a fig tree, a jack tree and a melon tree. "The work is notable for its information on northern India and its relations to Persia, and for its inclusion of a summary of the Ramayana" (Howgego).Occasionally a small (water) stain, internally otherwise in very good condition. Binding rubbed, restored and front hinge partly cracked.l Atabey 645 Hamilton, Europe and the Arab world 22 Howgego, to 1800, L4 Slot, The Arabs of the Gulf 1602-1784, p. 410 Worldcat (5 copies).
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