5 April 2016
IDES, Everard Ysbrand (b. 1660). Three Years Travels from Moscow over-land to China: thro' great Ustiga, Siriania, Permia, Sibiria, Daour, Great Tartary, . to Peking. Translated from Dutch into English by Nicolas Witsen. London: for W. Freeman, J. Walthoe, T. Newborough, J. Nicholson, and R. Parker, 1706.
4° (236 x 190mm). Engraved title dated 1705, folding engraved map and 30 plates, with the 2 blanks present (frontispiece a little frayed at lower margin crossing imprint, staining to lower margins of plates and text). Contemporary English blind-ruled calf (front joint cracked).
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of Ides' travels which was first published in Dutch in 1704. Nicolas Witsen, the translator, added 30 engravings to the original edition. The map of Russia is important as "the best of all foreign maps which were based on the Russian original sources and which have exercised a great influence on the development of Russian cartography" (Imago Mundi III p.87). Ides reached China in 1693 on a mission as Russian envoy. Lust notes that the "Description of China" in his book "was by a Chinese doctor, Dionysoius Kao, who practiced in Siam and India, and was a Roman Catholic convert." Cordier Sinica I, 2468; Lust 519; Morrison I, 372-73.
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