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Lot 1242: MARITIME HISTORY - TRAVELLING -- AVRIL, Ph. Reize door verscheidene staten

Old and Rare Books , Prints, Art & Architecture

by Burgersdijk & Niermans

16 November 2016

2311 RW Leiden, Netherlands

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Description: MARITIME HISTORY - TRAVELLING -- AVRIL, Ph. Reize door verscheidene staten van Europa en Asia, als Turkyen, Persien, Armenien, het Zuyder-Tartaryen, Muscovien, Poolen, beide de Pruissens en Moldavien. Gedaan zedert den jaare 1685. tot 1692. Behelzende veele naaukeurige aanmerkingen, zoo in de natuur-kunde, land en zee-beschrijvinge, als in de historien. Nevens de beschrijvinge van Groot-Tartaryen, en de volkeren die het zelve bewoonen. Uit het Frans overgebragt d. H. v. Quellenburg. Utr., A. Schouten, 1694. (14), 191, (6) pp. W. engr. ti. by T. Doesburgh & 4 engr. plates. Sm-4°. Cont. vellum. (Top of spine and upper corners slightly dam., slightly browned). Dutch translation of Avril's narrative of his two journeys through Central Asia aiming to discover new overland routes to China. Philippe Avril, Jesuit professor of philosophy and mathematics at Paris, was summoned by Father Ferdinand Verbiest in Peking to join the mission there. For eight years, Avril travelled overland reaching North and Northwest China but ultimately failing to reach Peking. This narrative covers both journeys; the first by caravan through Syria, Kurdistan, Armenia, Persia and across the Caspian to Astrakan where he had to turn back, and the second about his attempt to cross Siberia from Moscow to China, with his return to the West through Constantinople, Moldavia, Poland and Lithuania. Avril's narrative is based on earlier Jeusit reports but also on new information given to him by caravan travellers and rulers he met en route, in particular the king of Syria. - De Backer-Sommervogel I, 706, 1; Cordier, 2089; Scheepers I, 581; Tiele, 61.
Estimated Price: € 800

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