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"THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE & POPULAR BOOK
ON MING CHINA
TO APPEAR IN EUROPE" (Lach)
"ONE OF THE OUTSTANDING BEST-SELLERS
OF THE 16TH CENTURY" (Boxer)


GONZALEZ DE MENDOZA, Juan. Histoire du grand royaume de la Chine. . Paris, Jeremie Perier, 1588.

Rare first French edition – here in a magnificent, contemporary Parisian binding – of the Spanish Augustinian Juan Gonzalez de Mendoza’s (1545-1618) groundbreaking treatise on China, a work considered “the most comprehensive and popular book on Ming China to appear in Europe” (Lach, I.ii, p. 330).
$28,500


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GUERREIRO, Fernao. Relaçam annual das cosas que fizeram os padres da Companhia de Iesus na India, & Japão nos annos de 600. & 601, & do processo da conversão…tirada das cartas geraes que de la vierão pello padre Fernão Guerreiro. Evora, Manoel de Lyra, 1603.

Rare first edition and the first and rarest of this series of Portuguese-language reports from missions overseas, with a decided emphasis on Asia.
$22,000


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EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS OF THE MONGOL EMPIRE
INCLUDING CHAPTERS ON THE HOLY LAND


HETOUN of KORIKOS / FALCON, N. (tr.) / MOLTHERUS, M. (ed.). Liber historiarum partium Orientis, sive Passagium Terrae Sanctae, Haythono, ordinis Praemonstratensis, authore, scriptus anno redemptoris nostri M. CCC. Haguenau, per Iohan Sec[erius], 1529.

First Latin edition of this account of Asia and the Middle East, which along with Marco Polo, formed one of the few eyewitness sources for Asia from the Middle Ages: According to Lach, it formed an important source for Mandeville’s knowledge about the Mongols and the great Khan, and even into the 16th century it was a general source for Grynaeus & Huttich for Eastern matters (I.l.78, 179).
$6,850


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A DIARY FROM THE 1599-1602 PERSIAN EMBASSY
BY A SECRETARY IN THE COMPANY
OF SIR ANTHONY SHERLEY
ONE OF THE FIRST PERSIAN TRAVEL ACCOUNTS ON EUROPE


JUAN DE PERSIA. Relaciones de Don Juan de Persia. Valladolid, Juan de Bostillo, 1604.

First edition of a rare and enigmatic text with its origins in a Persian-language travel diary of Uruch Beg Bayat (1560-1605), a nobleman and secretary in the delegation sent to Europe in 1599 by the Safavid ruler Shah ‘Abbas I at the urging of Sir Anthony Sherley (1565-1635), whose own Persian narrative (Relation of His Travels into Persia, London, 1613) mirror some of those presented here.
$28,500


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EXTRAORDINARY UNPUBLISHED
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT
THE WORLD TRAVELS
OF LOUIS DE CHANCEL DE LAGRANGE
INCLUDING THE FIRST OFFICIAL FRENCH VOYAGE
TO CHINA (1698)


LAGRANGE, Louis de Chancel de. Le premier volume des voyages curieux faits dans diverses provinces, de France, dEspagne, de Flandres et de Loraine lespace de cinquante ans par mess.re Louis de Chancel de Lagrange ... escrit de sa propre main. [France], s.n., [1743].

Unpublished autograph manuscript by the French nobleman and traveler Louis de Chancel de Lagrange (1678-1747) documenting his extraordinary world travels between 1692 and 1704. Lagrange provides an eyewitness account of the groundbreaking 1698-1700 trading expedition to Canton made by the frigate L’Amphitrite, considered the “the first voyage of the French to China” (Lach and Van Kley), as well as first-hand information concerning Louis XIV’s military campaigns during the Nine Years’ War (1688-1697), including accounts of the Siege of Namur (1692) and the Raid on Cartagena (1697). Over the nearly 400 closely written pages of his manuscript, Lagrange also provides insider knowledge on current politics, court intrigue, and the like, all the while carefully describing the architecture, natural setting, and inhabitants of the some 200 towns and cities he visited in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia.
$60,000


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