1669 · London
by Olearius, Adam and Mandelslo, Johann Albrecht von
London: John Starkey and Thomas Basset, 1669. 2nd revised English. Half morocco. Very good. Folio. 2 parts in 1, each separately paginated, with separate title-pages. [Note: in this copy the title page for Mandelslo appears first, in error]. (6),316;(22),232,(10)pp. Complete with an added engraved title (with 5 portraits), 2 separate engraved portraits, and a total of 6 folding or double-page maps. In this copy the very large folding map of the Volga River found at p. 112 has been divided in two, the second half bound at p. 126, with a slight loss at the fold where they were divided. Engraved table of the Ruthenian alphabet in text. 19th century brown morocco spine over old marbled boards (rubbed). Small chip at the top of spine otherwise an attractive copy. This is an odd copy, quite complete, but with certain preliminaries for the first part bound at front of the second part. The second edition revised of the English translation first published in 1662, made from a 1659 version in French. It contains material not found in the original German edition of 1656 and 1658. An important account of Central Asia, including Persia and Russia and the East Indies. The Duke of Holstein's embassies were to negotiate trade. See Cox's THE LITERATURE OF TRAVEL, Vol. 1, pp. 249 and 271 for more details. Wing O270.
(Inventory #: 9791)