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BRUYN, Cornelis de (1652--1726/7)
[Reizen over Moskovie, door Persie en Indi. French]
Voyages de Corneille Le Brun par la Moscovie, en Perse, et aux Indes Orientales. Ouvrage enrichi de plus de 320. tailles douces, des plus curieuses, representant les plus belles vuës de ces païs; leurs principales villes; ... Avec les antiquitez de ces païs, & particulierement celles du fameux palais de Persepolis. Que les Perses appellent Chelminar. Le tout dessiné d'après nature sur les lieux. On y a ajouté la route qu'a suivie Mr. Isbrants, ... en traversant la Russie & la Tartarie, pour se rendre à la Chine. Et quelques remarques contre Mrs. Chardin & Kemper. Avec une lettre écrite à l'auteur, sur ce sujet. Tom. I. (II.)
A Amsterdam chez les freres Wetstein, 1718.
2 vols ; 32.5 cm. (2°)
I: [8], 252 p., engr. frontis., engr. port., 3 fold. engr. maps, [55] pl. (41 fold.) : illus.
II: [2], 253--469, [1] p., [57] pl. (35 fold.) : illus.

A translation of Reizen over Moskovie, door Persie en Indi, first published Amsterdam, 1711. The portrait of the author is a worn impression of the plate published in his Voyage au Levant, Paris, 1714 (q.v.), with some reworking of the background to disguise wear. Apart from this portrait, the allegorical frontispiece and the three maps, the plates (but not the 44 engraved illustrations in the text) are numbered in one sequence by subject 1--260, with some plates bearing more than one number. The collation given above for tom. I includes four unnumbered folding plates present in this copy (with directions to face pp. 106, 117, 120 and 126 respectively) rather than the two such plates called for by the note at the end of the 'Avis Au Relieur' on p. 469. The Soane copy also varies from the 'Avis' in that the composite plates forming panoramic views of Moscow and Ispahan (tom. I, pl. 12 & 74) have not been pasted together as intended; and four plates with views numbered 94--96 and 122--125 are printed and bound as two folding plates. The final plate in tom. II (illustrating the 'Remarques ... Sur les tailles douces de l'ancien Palais De Persepolis. Mises au jour par Mr. le Chevalier Chardin & Mr. Kempfer.') is listed in the 'Avis' as containing subject nos '261 & 262' to face p. 466. In this copy however the binder appears to have left this plate conjugate with that numbered '253/254', probably because it is unnumbered and bears no indication of any alternative binding position. The title-pages to both volumes printed in red and black.

Copy Notes Purchased from J. Taylor for £2 12s. 6d. on 3 November 1814. (Archive 7A/15/30). The price 2 Vol 2.12.6 and bookseller's name inscribed in pencil on the front and rear endpapers to tom. I respectively. This is presumably a replacement copy, since a purchase of the same work from Taylor on 23 May 1806 (i.e. at the same time as the Voyage au Levant, q.v.) for 2 guineas is also recorded (Spiers Box, Taylor, Priestley & Weale). The Soane Library copy also varies from the 'Avis' in that the composite plates forming panoramic views of Moscow and Ispahan (tom. I, pl. 12 & 74) have not been pasted together as intended; and four plates with views numbered 94--96 and 122--125 are printed and bound as two folding plates. The final leaf signed Ppp1 (pp. 469--[70], bearing the 'Avis Au Relieur') is bound after the title-leaf in tom. II.

Binding C18th mottled calf, gilt triple-rule borders with small floral corner ornaments, gilt-tooled spines, maroon leather spine-labels, marbled edges.

Reference Number 1802


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