London: Printed for M.P. [Moses Pitt] and to be Sold by George Monke...and William Ewrey, 1688. Early printing. Hardcover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Very good+ condition. Item #018590
Two volumes and including the "Seraglio" text. Thought to be a 2nd printing of the first edition. Newly rebound in full caramel goatskin (leather) with a gold-embossed leather spine label; blind-tooled frames on front and rear covers. New endpapers. Measures just over 12 inches tall. Complete with 37 plates including 30 full page plates (a few are larger fold-outs), five in-text plates, and one large and one small folding map. Contains several additional smaller in-text illustrations. Each volume has multiple parts/sections. Vol. I, First Part with title dated 1688: [xiv], 264 pages of text including an index. Contains 9 illustrations including one fold-out. Vol. I, Second Part with title dated 1684: [vi], 214 pages including an index. There are 14 illustrations as called for but the plate titled "Portugal's Moscovy" is not present; instead there is an additional plate not called for at page 149 titled "A REPRESENTATION OF 24 ye FAIREST DIAMONDS..." which is a fold-out. Volume II, [first part] with separate title page dated 1684: [xx], 66 pages, [ii] of publisher's advertisement. Large folding map of Japan titled "A MAPP OF THE ISLES OF JAPON" which measures 20.75" x 14.25" is loosely inserted facing pg.1. Volume II, [second part] without a separate title page "RELATION OF THE KINGDOM OF TURQUIN": 87 pages, [i] blank, followed by [i] page indexing to the map of Japan, [i] blank]. Illustrated with 7 plates facing pages 14, 17, 23, 46, 47, 47, and 53. This part also contains six non-paginated leaves containing text describing certain plates in great detail. Volume II, [third part] without a separate title page "HISTORY OF THE LATE REVOLUTION OF THE DOMINIONS OF THE GREAT MOGUL": 154 pages followed by [ii] pages of publisher's advertisements. Facing page 1 is a folding map titled "THE EMPIRE OF THE GREAT MOGUL" which measures 9.75"w x 7.75"h. Bound with an additional section titled "A NEW RELATION OF THE INNER-PART OF THE GRAND SEIGNOR'S SERAGLIO..." with separate title page dated 1684: [vi], 113 pages of text. CONDITION REPORT: Three quarters of the text with a small stain confined to the fore-edge margin, and three plates with stains entering the image area. Additionally about 60 pages have minor staining to the bottom margin. Numerous plates have been expertly re-margined or have had torn corners filled in, and several minor tears have been repaired. A few plates were washed and/or cleaned and gently light-bleached. Several pages with minor creasing, and minimal staining, minor soiling and minor toning. Two pages with tiny holes with a few letters of loss, and one page with a printer's error with a corner folded up and printed upon. An attractive copy of this uncommon title. Title continues: "As also, a full relation of the five years wars, between Aureng-Zebe and his brothers in their father's life-time, about the succession. And a voyage made by the Great Mogul (Aureng-Zebe) with his army from Delhi to Lahor, from Lahor to Bember, and from thence to the kingdom of Kachemire, by the Mogols, call'd, the paradise of the Indies. Together with a relation of the Kingdom of Japan and Tunkin, and of their particular manner and trade. To which is added A new description of the Grand Seignior's seraglio, and also of all the kingdoms that encompass the Euxine ad Caspian Seas." Translated by J. Philips and Edmund Everard. Description and travel in the 17th Century by Tavernier and Bernier in Asia - East Indies, India - Mogul Empire, Iran, Japan, Turkey.