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
Seller ID: 2281S0
London: Thomas Dring and John Starkey, 1622. First 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 mission which was intended to open commercial relations and trade routes with eastern empires. Reports of a visit to the Cape of Good Hope on return from the East, describes the Cape, Cap d’Agulhas, Cabo Falso, the Wild Fowl, an early description of the Hottentots and ‘piquins’. A fine, handsome copy from a prestigious library’s collection.
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