Olearius, Adam [and John Davies, Trans.]
The Voyages & Travels of the Ambassadors sent by Frederick Duke of Holstein, to the Great Duke of Muscovy, and the King of Persia. Begun in the Year M. DC. XXXIII, and finish’d in M. DC. XXXIX. Containing the compleat History of Muscovy, Tartary, Persia
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London: Thomas Dring and John Starkey, 1662. First English edition (pp. [xxii], 424; 287, [x]). Small folio (29 cm) in half vellum over decorative paper, gilt title and decorations, arms in gilt of the Bridgewater Library (for which it was bound); frontispiece portraits of Frederick III, Olearius, Mandelslo, ambassadors; seven folding maps, three portraits, example of Muscovite alphabet. Olearius (1599- 1671), a German scholar, was secretary to the missions sponsored by the Duke of Holstein which were intended to open an overland trade route and commercial relations with the empires of the East. Olearius’ account covers both the first mission which sought to secure right of passage through the Tsar’s empire and the second which ventured still further east reached Persia in 1635. Mandelslo’s travels, still farther to the east, which are the subject of the second book, began in 1638 at Ormuz and took him to the exotic spice and tea growing lands of Ceylon, the empire of the Moguls, and on to China and Japan. Here are early reports of a visit to the Cape of Good Hope on the return from the East, descriptions of the Cape, Cap d’Agulhas, Cabo Falso, and Wild Fowl of the Cape; also a description of the Hottentots and, what must have been a singular experience,’piquins’. A fine, handsome copy.
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