• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

    Sale 5489

    Travel, Science and Natural History

    22 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 201

    CHAMICH, Michael. History of Armenia from B.C. 2247 to the year of Christ 1780, or 1229 of the Armenian era, translated from Armenian by John Avdall. Calcutta: printed at Bishop's College Press, by H. Townsend, 1827. 2 vols. (219 x 139mm), 2 folding engraved plates by E. de la Combe and and folding engraved map by P. Savignac. (Heavy spotting to title and preliminaries of vol. I, some lighter spotting and occasional dust-soiling elsewhere, title to vol. II offset, nn7 of vol. II with segment torn from upper margin.) Contemporary red half roan (spines rubbed and faded, some splitting to joints). Provenance: Newton Hall Library, Northumberland (case mark in pencil).

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    CHAMICH, Michael. History of Armenia from B.C. 2247 to the year of Christ 1780, or 1229 of the Armenian era, translated from Armenian by John Avdall. Calcutta: printed at Bishop's College Press, by H. Townsend, 1827. 2 vols. (219 x 139mm), 2 folding engraved plates by E. de la Combe and and folding engraved map by P. Savignac. (Heavy spotting to title and preliminaries of vol. I, some lighter spotting and occasional dust-soiling elsewhere, title to vol. II offset, nn7 of vol. II with segment torn from upper margin.) Contemporary red half roan (spines rubbed and faded, some splitting to joints). Provenance: Newton Hall Library, Northumberland (case mark in pencil).

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. The author, Father Michael Chamich or Tchantchian, was a native of Istanbul, who migrated to Venice in the mid-18th-century and joined the Mukhitharian society of San Lazaro, all of whose members were Catholic clerics. His History of Armenia, first published in three quarto volumes in 1786, was followed by an abridgement in 1811 which became the basis of the present translation by John Avdall, a member of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, who continued the history down to 1827. Brunet V, 685. (2)


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