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LES SIX VOYAGES DE JEAN BAPTISTE TAVERNIER, Ecuyer Baron d'Aubonne, EN TURQUIE, EN PERSE, ET AUX INDES,
Suivant la copie imprimee à Paris, no printer or place, 1679.. pendant l'espace de quarante ans, et par toutes les routes que l'on peut tenir; accompagnes d'observations generales sur la qualite, la religion, le gouvernement, les coutumes et le commerce de chaque pays, avec les figures, le poids & la valeur des monnoyes qui y ont cours. 3 volumes, complete set, all three title pages dated 1679, possibly a pirate edition published in Amsterdam, French text, 12mo, approximately 155 x 92 mm, 6 x 3¾ inches, (first published as a 4to in 1676-77, the first 12mo edition appeared in 1678). First and second parts in Volumes I and II: Premiere partie. Ou il n'est parle que de la Turquie & de la Perse -- Seconde partie. Ou il est parle des Indes & des isles voisines (from title pages). The third volume has the title: Recueil de plusieurs Relations et Traitez singuliers & curieux de J.B. Tavernier qui n'ont point este mis dans ses six premiers Voyages, with a final part starting after page 370 with title page dated 1679: Nouvelle Relation de l'interieur du Serrail du Grand Seigneur (first published separately in 1675). Volume I: engraved pictorial half-title, 1 single page plate, 8 folding engraved plates, 2 of which not listed; pages: (34), 1-782, (10); Volume II: 1 single page plate and 9 folding plates all listed plus 17 unlisted plates, 11 folding and 6 singles, 2 small text illustrations, pages: (8), 1-616; Volume III: engraved portrait by H. Cause after the Table at the front, folding engraved map of the islands of Japan, another of Tonkin, and 8 folding plates (no plate list in Volume III but our copy collates to other copies of this date), pages: (8), 1-564, (4). A total of 48 plates of which 38 folding, many very interesting, views and customs, plans of Baghdad and Kandahar, one of a snake, some of the different currencies and some of precious stones. Bound in full contemporary mottled calf, raised bands with gilt decoration in compartments, gilt lettering and volume numbers to spine, speckled edges. Bindings slightly worn at extremities, some corners showing cardboard at tips, hinges rubbed with small splits to head and tail on most, hair-line cracks to surface of spines, tiny shallow chip to tail of spine of Volume III, endpapers lightly browned at edges, very occasional pale damp staining including on a few plates, occasional light spotting mainly to margins, otherwise contents clean, small neat old repair to blank fore-edge of 1 folding plate, small closed tear to inner margin of 1 folding plate, another to lower margin of 1 single plate, both neatly repaired. A good set of a rare early travel book, complete with all plates and maps required and as usual a number of extra ones. Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605 – 1689) was a French diamond merchant, traveller and pioneer of diamond trade with India, known for travels through Persia. Les Six Voyages de Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1676) became a very well known and popular work. Tavernier, a private individual and merchant travelling at his own expense, covered according to his own account, 180,000 miles (290,000 km) over the course of forty years and six voyages. Though he is best known for the discovery and sale of the 118-carat blue diamond that he subsequently sold to Louis XIV of France in 1668, his writings show that he was a keen observer of his time as well as a remarkable cultural anthropologist, studying the history, politics, religions and cultures of the countries that he visited. He describes Hinduism, the history of the Moghul empire and the practices of the Ottoman court, the trade in precious stones in India. See Atabey, Volume II, 1201; Howgego, Encyclopaedia of Exploration to 1800, T14; Sinkankas, Gemology, Volume II, 6505. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING. POSTAGE AT COST.
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