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The Second Japanese Embassy to Europe

AMATI, Scipione. Historia del regno di Voxu del Giapone, dell, antichita, nobilta, e valore del suo re Idate Masamune... Rome, Giacomo Mascardi, 1615.

Very rare FIRST EDITION of this critical source for THE SECOND JAPANESE MISSION TO EUROPE of 1614, a Franciscan public relations event that sought to repeat the success of the first mission of 1585, which had been brilliantly engineered by their rivals the Jesuits and to inspire financial and political support.

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The Mines and Mores of Eastern Europe

BROWN[E], Edward. Relation de plusieurs Voyages faits en Hongrie, Servie, Bulgarie, Macedoine, Thesalie, Austriche, Styrie, Carinthie, Carniole & Friuli. . . Paris, Gervais Clouzier, 1674.

Scarce first French edition (expanded from the 1673 English original) of an early illustrated British travelogue to southeastern Europe and Greece

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The First Picture of Niagara Falls & The First Picture of Buffalo

HENNEPIN, Louis. Nouvelle Decouverte d'un tres grand Pays situans L'Amerique. Utrecht, Guillaume Broedelet, 1697.

Scarce first edition and very good copy of this widely read continuation of Hennepin's travelogue, called by Lande "one of the most important volumes in the early history of North America." Hennepin went as a missionary to Canada in 1675 and accompanied La Salle to the Illinois River in 1679/80.

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Hennepin in Dutch, With New Plates

HENNEPIN, Louis.. Beschryving van Louisania, Nieuwelijks ontdekt ten Zuid-Westen van Nieuw-Vrankryk, door order van den Koning. Amsterdam, Jan Ten Hoorn, 1688.

First Dutch edition of the first and most important of Hennepin's writings (Howes), translated from the 1683 French original, Description de la Louisiane, and here augmented by Denys description of New France, BOTH ILLUSTRATED WITH NEW PLATES.

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The French Take Notice of Indochina

RHODES, Alexandre de. Relation des progrez de la foy au royaume de la cochinchine vers les derniers quartiers du levant. Paris, Sebastien et Gabriel Cramoisy, 1652.

First French edition of this first-hand account of 17th-century Vietnam (first Italian ed. 1650), which played an important role in fostering French interest in the region.

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