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TAVERNIER, Jean Baptiste (1605--1689)
[Les six voyages de Jean Bapt. Tavernier. English]
The six voyages of John Baptista Tavernier, a noble man of France now living, through Turky into Persia, and the East-Indies, finished in the year 1670. Giving an account of the state of those countries. Illustrated with divers sculptures. Together with a new relation of the present Grand Seignor's seraglio, by the same author. Made English by J. P. To which is added a description of all the kingdoms which encompass the Euxine and Caspian seas. By an English traveller, never before printed.
London: printed for R.L. and M.P. and are to be sold by John Starkey, and Moses Pitt, 1678.
[2], 2, [18], 184, 195--264, [2], 214, [2], [6], 119, [3] p., [9], [15] engr. pl. : [2] engr. illus. ; 32.0 cm. (4º)

Translation of Les six voyages de Jean Bapt. Tavernier, first published Paris 1676--1677; a copy of the Hague, 1718 edition is also in the Soane Museum (q.v.). The translator, 'J.P.' was John Phillips (1631--1706); the publisher R. L. was Robert Littlebury. 'The Second Part: Describing India and the Isles Adjacent', includes a special title-leaf dated 1678, a folding engraved pl. at p. 149 which is not called for in the list of cuts given in part I, and a final blank leaf. The third part contains 'A New Relation Of The Inner-Part Of The Grand Seignor's Seraglio' and 'A Short Description Of all the Kingdoms Which Encompass the Euxine and Caspian Seas' by an English traveller calling himself 'Astracan', continuously paginated but with separate title-pages, each having the imprint of R.L. and Moses Pitt, dated 1677. The final [3] pages contain a list of 'Books sold by Moses Pitt, at the Angel in St. Paul's Church-Yard'. Wing 256. The British Library has another copy with a slightly different title-page and without the second dedication from the translator to Dr. Daniel Cox. Wing T256; ESTC r17557.

Copy Notes Soane's copy was bought from Robert Faulder for 18s. in May 1806, having been sent on approval on 15 May with copies of Gough, Thevenot, and Shaw, which were returned. (Spiers Box, Misc. Booksellers; Priv. Corr. XIV.F.8). Rear pastedown-endpaper inscribed in ink -15-.

Binding C17th calf, gilt-tooled spine, later(?) red morocco spine-label, mottled boards.

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