TAVERNIER, Jean Baptiste (1605-1689). Les Six Voyages... en Turquie, en Perse, et aux Indes. Paris: Gervais Clouzier and Claude Barbin, 1677.
2 volumes, 4° (243 x 174 mm). 34 engraved plates (8 folding, one with long horizontal tear repaired). (First title with gutter and lower margins renewed, tear repaired on Z3 in first vol. crossing text, some minor worming to some lower margins at end of first volume, some minor browning and spotting to text and plates.) Contemporary French armorial binding of red morocco gilt, covers with triple gilt-fillet borders and arms of Louis Joseph de Bourbon-Condé stamped in gilt at center, spines in six compartments with five raised bands, gilt-lettered in two, a repeated decorated gilt panel in the rest, edges gilt. Provenance: Louis Joseph de Bourbon-Condé (1737-1818), Prince of Condé from 1740 to his death. A member of the House of Bourbon, he held the prestigious rank of Prince du Sang (arms on binding); G.J. Arvanitidi (bookplates).
Second edition of first part, FIRST EDITION of second. “'Tavernier, though not equal to Chardin and Bernier, will always continue among the most valuable travellers in the East. His account of Turkey, which he did not visit himself, is formed on the memoirs of his brother, and is full of errors.' But see Harris: 'He is more copious, and at the same time no less exact, than any of the authors who have attempted to point out the advantages derived from our commerce in the East... We discover in his writings a greater compass of thought and a more masterly turn in his observations than in almost any other book of the kind, which is owing to his having considered these things over and over in consequence of the several voyages he made to the Indies.' The interest in Tavernier's travels lies in the personal experiences and adventures he relates. Though he was unfairly treated by his fellow travellers, such as Bernier and Thevenot, both of whom he met in India, he does not return ill for ill. He successfully combined his business as a jeweler with his travels.... His financial transactions on the whole must have been very profitable, for when he returned to Paris in 1668 he was a man of wealth, and like a wise fellow proceeded to stay home and enjoy it. Some of his fellow travellers charged him with being a dupe, but modern scholars agree that in the main he was accurate in his statements of facts. His work is especially valuable at the time for its information on the trade and trade routes, diamonds and mines” (Cox I, p. 275, with quotations from Pinkerton and Harris). Cox I, p. 275-276; Cordier Japonica 391 (first edition of first part dated 1676, second part as here); Weber 276; Wilson, p. 223.
TAVERNIER, Jean Baptiste. Recüeil de plusieurs relations et traitez singuliers et curieux... qui n'ont point est mis dans ses six premiers voyages. Paris: Gervais Clouzier, 1679.
4° (249 x 188 mm). Two engraved portraits of the author, 2 folding maps (one torn) and 8 engraved folding plates. (Signature cut and repaired on title, some minor marginal browning and spotting.) Contemporary French armorial binding of red morocco gilt, covers with outer triple gilt-fillet borders, inner panel of triple gilt-fillet border and corner floral ornaments at angles, arms of Anne Geneviève de Bourbon stamped in gilt at center, spine in six compartments with five raised bands, gilt-lettered in two, a repeated decorated gilt panel in the rest, edges gilt. Provenance: Anne Geneviève de Bourbon, duchess of Longueville (1619-1679), sister of Louis Joseph de Bourbon-Condé (arms on binding).
FIRST EDITION of this supplement to the author's Les six voyages de Jean Baptiste Tavernier en Turquie, en Perse, et aux Indes (see above). Bound as a third volume with Les six voyages de Tavernier, but with arms of Anne Genevieve de Bourbon, sister of Louis Joseph de Bourbon-Condé, stamped on the cover, instead of the arms of the Grand Condé himself, as on the first two volumes. The three volumes are labeled “Les Voyages de Tavernie[r] Tom. I [2-III].” on spines. Cioranescu XVII, 64197. Cordier Japonica 393; Cox I, p. 276; Nordenskiöld 692; Wilson, p. 223.
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