9 December 2009
OGILBY, John. Asia, the first part, being an accurate description of Persia, and the several provinces thereof. The vast Empire of the Great Mogol, and other parts of India: and their several Kingdoms and Regions. London: by the author, 1673.
2o (400 x 265 mm). Engraved frontispiece before letters, title printed in red and black, engraved folding map, 4 double-page maps, 28 engraved plates (12 double-page), numerous engravings throughout text. (Some light staining, a few tears, minor marginal worming to a few leaves at end.) 19th-century half calf and marbled boards (some rubbing). Provenance: New Jersey Historical Society (embossed stamp on O2).
FIRST EDITION OF OGILBY'S CLASSIC WORK ON ASIA. Although described as a first part, no second part was published. DNB suggests that the second part of this work, always regarded as a separate publication, was Ogilby's Embassy to the Emperour of China, published in a second edition in 1673. Brunet IV, 174; Cox I, 275; Wing O-166.
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