5 April 2016
THÉVENOT, Jean (1633-1667). Voyages de Mr Thévenot contenant la relation de l’Indostan, des nouveaux Mogols, & des autres Peuples & Pays de Indes. Paris: Chez la Veuve Biestkins, 1684.
4° (240 x 185 mm). (Some occasional light toning and spotting.) Contemporary stiff vellum (covers a bit bowed). Provenance: Fürstlich Löwenstein Wertheim-Rosenberg’sche Hofbibliothek, Kleinheubach (stamp on title).
FIRST EDITION of Jean Thévenot’s travels to the Orient, by the nephew of Melchisédec Thévenot (see lot 448). “The elder Thevenot travelled extensively in Europe but printed nothing about his journies. The younger Thevenot was equally curious about seeing the sights and travelled much farther afield. He became particularly fascinated by the Orient through his acquaintance with the famous orientalist Herbelot whom he met in Rome… As a traveller he was quite free from the prejudices of the day, and has left very interesting observations on the mentality of the Turks. He is said to have introduced coffee into France” (Cox I, pp. 214-15).
Tavernier and Thévenot were both in India in 1666. “If we were writing a history of India we should prefer the aid of Thevenot; if we were seeking a combination of pleasant and instructive reading, we should turn to Tavernier” (Cox I, p. 278). The work was also published under the title Troisième partie des voyages de M. Thevenot, contenant la relation de l’Indostan (Paris: Barbin, 1684), which forms the third part of his Relation d’un voyage fait au Levant (Paris, 1665-1684). Cox I, p. 278; see Weber 311.
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