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An Historical and Geographical Description of Formosa, an Island subject to the Emperor of Japan ... (etc. etc.) By George Psalmanaazaar, a Native of the said Island, now in London. Illustrated with several Cuts
London: Printed for Dan. Brown (etc.),, 1704. *The price of this item HAS BEEN temporarily reduced until Sunday, July 19. Order now for BEST SAVINGS! (sale item) this is the 1704 first edition; [4 leaves] (beginning with title), xiv, [2] (errata leaf), [331] (misnumbered as 131), [5] (contents) pp., 16 plates with two of them folding; contemporary paneled calf now rubbed and worn with joints partially split and front hinge cracked, armorial book plate of the Earl of Ilchester, worming in bottom margin or lower outside corner almost throughout but not severe and no letters or images touched, The Formosan Alphabet plate missing the bottom portion with loss of almost half the content, the funeral plate lacks one tip with no loss; the great Formosa fraud, successful largely because Europeans (with the exception of a few Jesuits) were totally ignorant of the subject and the author, whose real identity is still unknown, kept his description exotic but not implausible; see Adams (Travelers & Travel Liars. Photos available upon request.
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