Lot 146: MARCO POLO. LA DESCRIPTION GEOGRAPHIQUE... DE L'INDE ORIENTAL. 1556. FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH
China in print and on paper, including the Library of Bernard Hanotiau and the Floyd Sully Collection
07 November 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH, 4to (207 x 143mm.), woodcut publisher's device on title, larger device on verso of final leaf, numerous woodcut initials, twentieth-century red crushed morocco, sides with ruled and tooled border in blind, spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered and tooled in gilt, dentelles gilt
Very minor spotting, staining, or browning, endleaves with some dust soiling, pen notes to a few leaves, binding with very minor rubbing to corners and defects to leather.
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Provenance: Masson (?), contemporary signature on title
Literature: Cordier, Sinica 1977-78; Löwendahl 9; Watanabe (1986) 228; Western Travellers in China 7; cf. Adams P1791; cf. PMM 39