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Les Voyages et Observations de Sieur De La Boullaye - Le - Gouz, Gentil-Homme Angeuin. Ou` sont de crites les religions, gouvernemens, & situations des estats & royaumes d'Italie, Grece, Natolie, Syrie, Perse, Palestine, Karamenie, Kalde e, Assyrie.
Francois Gervais Clousier, Paris 1657 - [12], 558 pp., [10], original full calf binding, slightly rubbed round edges, title gilt on raised decorated spine, red outer edges, marbled end papers, full-page woodcut frontispiece portrait of the author, 34 woodcut illustrations (17 full-page), divided into 3 parts, Part I: pages 1-150: Ottoman Empire and Persia / Part II: pages 151-346, India / Part III: pages 347-558 Egypt, Greece, Italy, UK and Ireland, top half of spine slightly cracked, previous owner’s inscription on front fly leaf, closed small tear to page 193 without any loss, margin of plate on page 195 lightly worn, otherwise copy in good general condition, includes bibliographical references. Rare corrected and expanded second edition of a noted mid-17th century narrative of travels in Persia, India, Egypt and the Levant. François de La Boullaye-Le Gouz (1623 – 1668/1669?), though forgotten nowadays, was the First Ambassador of King Louis the XIV to the Mughal Emperor Aurengzeb, Shah Jahan. Born in Anjou - and some say his family is of English descent- Le Gouz was a French aristocrat and extensive traveller, who made his first voyages to the Orient and India from 1644 to 1650. He published his observations and accounts of his voyages in Paris in 1653. The published French-language travelogue, enriched with first hand accounts of India, Persia, Greece, the Middle East, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, England, Ireland, and Italy, is considered one of the very first true travel books, in that it contains useful information for actual travellers. These accounts greatly influenced contemporary French and European Society. And made him famous in Paris, where he was appointed Louis’s Ambassador to the Mughal Emperor at the time of founding the new French Company. In 1664 he started his 3rd voyage from Paris accompanying de Lalain, ambassador to Persia and arrived to Isfahan in 1665. They obtained a Farman for trade in Persia, allowing the French free trade commissions. He died in Ispahan, Iran in 1669. ."In 1647, he visited Viterbo and met with Italian nobleman, Federico Capponi. When he returned to Italy in 1650, Federico had died so La Boullaye met with his relative, Cardinal Luigi Capponi and dedicated the first printed edition of his work to the Cardinal. The preface includes an illustration of the adventurer presented the work to Capponi." . "La Boullaye le Gouz began his travels shortly after 1643, when he fought in the English civil war as a member of the French forces defending Charles I. Using the name Ibrahim Bey in Persia, he eventually made his way to Goa via Greece and Turkey; on the return journey he visited Egypt . The illustrations include the castle of Amasia, a plan of the Seraglio and a view of Mt. Ararat, in addition to many cuts of natural history subjects and Indian wall paintings, as well as a portrait of the author in Oriental dress . There is a long bibliography of the works of earlier travellers at the beginning of the volume." (Atabey). . "The work is notable for its information on northern India and its relation to Persia, and for its inclusion of a summary of Ramayana" (Howego). References: Brunet III:718; Atabey 645 (first edition); Howego L4. Size: Small Folio [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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