Asia, The First Part being An Accurate Description of Persia, And the Several Provinces thereof. The Vast Empire of The Great Mogol, And other Parts of India: And their Several Kingdoms and Regions: With The Denominations and Descriptions of the Cities. . .
by OGILBY, John (1600-1676).
London:: Printed by the Author. . . , 1673., 1673. Large 4to. [417 × 266 mm]. , 253 pp. With 34 engraved plates, including 14 large double page folding maps or city views + 17 full-page engraved plates, and 30 engraved illustrations within the text [totaling 64 illustrations], title printed in red and black, dedication to Charles II, Mongol vocabulary [pp. 129-133], index and plate list for binder (at rear). Recent dark sprinkled calf to style, new spine & endpaper, repair and some professional restoration towards the gutter on the frontispiece, title page, and last leaf, some mild soiling also to these leaves, otherwise light browning, occasional spots, and a few minor edge-splits some with professional repair, but overall a very good copy. PROVENANCE: Bookplate: The Explorers Club Collection; presented by James B. Ford. Signature of Edwin F. Hatfield, 255 Madison Street, New York. Very rare. FIRST EDITION OF OGILBY'S CLASSIC WORK ON ASIA. Although described as a first part, no second part was published. DNB suggests that the second part of this work, always regarded as a separate publication, was Ogilby's Embassy to the Emperor of China, 1669, and published in a second edition in 1673. John Ogilby, born near Edinburgh, he won favor as a courtier to the Stuarts, and as an accomplished dance teacher. He even invested in a Virginia plantation at an early age. At the Restoration and under Charles II he made himself indispensable to the court and became a prominent London publisher, notably with editions of the Bible, translations of Virgil, Homer and Aesop’s Fables. His road maps and histories of Africa (1670), America (1671) and Asia (1673), were all highly regarded, being replete with large engraved plates and maps. The DNB tells of “many splendid books, mostly in folio. . . ” illustrated by prominent engravers including Hollar. The Great Fire of London in 1666 destroyed his premises. The DNB also details the criticisms leveled toward Ogilby by figures such as Pope, Dryden, especially as poet. The place of his labor with regard to the grand illustrated histories of Asia, America and Africa, are much in the tradition of Kircher and other encyclopedists who gathered all available data and published times that brought together all that was known or told of these regions. Brunet IV, 174; Cox I, 275; DNB, XIV, pp. 908-911; Wing O-166. EXTRA POSTAGE WILL APPLY.
(Inventory #: ME1068)
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