Travels through Turky into Persia, and the East-Indies
Collections of travels through Turky into Persia, and the East-Indies. Giving an account of the present state of those countries.
Jean-Baptiste Tavernier; John Phillips; Daniel Cox, Dr.
London : Printed for Moses Pitt, 1684.
Folio. Unsophisticated copy. 6 parts in 1 volume: [xviii], 1-264; [ii], 1-214; [vi] -113 ; [viii], 1-154 ; [xii], 1-87; 1-66 pp. 4 general & part titles. 27 plates on 24 sheets, 1 folding map (of the Empire of the Great Mongol). First three without Moses Pitt on the title pages, lacking Volume I title page. Rebound in modern blue cloth. Pages well tanned, staining to side margins with foxing to first 4 parts. Notation to first 4 parts. Old dampstain affecting final 2 parts affecting text and plates along gutter. A few old cellotape repairs, some to plates, last leaf repaired with some loss. Several plates trimmed.
Bound as: 1) The Six Travels of John Baptista Tavernier. Through Turkey and Persia to the Indies: The Persian Travels; 2) The Six Travels of John Baptista Tavernier: Travels in India and the Indies 3) A New Relation of the Inner-Part of the Grand Seignor's Seraglio; 4) The History of the Late Revolution of the Dominions of the Great Mogol.5) A New and Particular Relation of the Kingdom of Tunquin; 6) A Relation of Japon.
Tavernier was one of the most celebrated travelers of the 17th century and one of its greatest authorities on the routes of Eastern travel. The son of a Parisian geographer, Tavernier completed six overland journeys to Turkey, Persia, and India between 1631 and 1668, covering almost 120,000 miles. "In 1676-77 at Paris, Tavernier published in two volumes "LES SIX VOYAGES", one of the most popular books of the seventeenth century. Lach writes that the Voyages, "are rich in materials on routes, traveling conditions, trading practices, the mines of Golconda [in India], and the Dutch and English activities in the East. While Tavernier's contemporaries debated the authenticity of the Voyages, modern scholars agree that they constitute a valuable source for Indian history during the years from 1640 to 1667, or for almost a generation." Blackmer 1632. Wing T251A, T252, T253. Campbell (Japan) 28. OCLC 6071990. Lach, ASIA IN THE MAKING OF EUROPE III, Book 1, pp.416-18. Not in Atabey or Weber.