London, South Kensington
8 October 2014
SIMON DE LA LOUBÈRE (1642-1729).
Du Royaume de Siam…Envoyé du Roy de Siam en 1687. & 1688. Paris: La Veuve de Jean Baptiste Coignard, 1691. 2 volumes, 12° (163 x 95mm). Engraved head-piece, 3 folding maps, an engraved vignette and 37 engraved plates, of which 14 are folding. With the dedication, errata leaf, Privilege du Roy and colophon. Contemporary French calf, raised bands, fully gilt in compartments, red calf labels, sprinkled edges.
FIRST EDITION, A FINE COPY. As envoy extraordinaire of Louis XIV La Loubère travelled to Siam in company with Jesuit mathematician Guy Tachard and French East India Company representative C.C. Céberet du Boullay. Descriptions of the culture, arts, customs and domestic life are followed by a survey of Siam’s rulers, military and judicial systems, with Vol. II largely devoted to the sciences of botany, linguistics, astronomy and mathematics, notably the ‘magic squares’ method of computation introduced from India. Comparisons with China are given throughout. Cordier Bibliotheca Indosinica 722; Lust 115; Brunet III, 778.
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