Wetstein, 1718, Hardcover (Full Leather), Book Condition: Very Good, Dust Jacket Condition: No, First
CORNEILLE LE BRUN (DE BRUYN). Voyages par la Moscovie, en Perse, et aus Indies Orientales, Volume 2, Amsterdam: Freres Wetstein, 1718. Folio, first French edition, pp. 253-468, contemporary marbled calf boards with morocco labels and gilt ornaments to spine, marbled edges, brown cloth-covered solander box, text in French, extensive illustration by the author. With 152 etched plates, many double-page and fold-out, numbered 111-262. This volume includes a long section on Persepolis, with 27 panoramic views of the ruins -- pillars, facades with ornaments and reliefs, columns, tombs of the king of Persia, figures, etc. Other plates show views of China, Arabia, animals, plants, Balinese slaves, various settlements, a "savage man of the South," and much more. The author was a painter and explorer who traveled from 1701 to 1708 to Russia, Persia, India, Ceylon and elsewhere. His Persepolis sojourn came in 1704. At the end of this volume is appended a criticism of the work of Jean Chardin and Kempfer. See Brunet V. 3, 911, and Cohen de Ricci 610. Provenance: From the library of Prince Albert de Saxe Teschen with his library label on the front paste-down. Condition of this book: Very clean, with minor bleeding of the marbled edges on a couple preliminary leaves. Corners rubbed, loss of gilt to the spine. First edition of the work in this format and binding, and/or set or series. Size: Large Folio (bigger than A3). One volume of the 2-volume set. Text is in French. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2-3 kilos. Category: Antiquarian & Rare; 18th century; French Language; Travel & Places. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 54824.