Chardin, Chevalier.


du ... en Perse et Autres Lieux de L’Orient ... Paris á Ispahan; d'Ispahan; & la Relation des deux Voyages de l'Auteur, d'Ispahan á Bander-Abassi; Description Générale de L'Empire de perse, & les Descriptions particulieres des Sciences & des Arts. Gouvernement Politique, Militaire, & Civil; La Description de la Religion des Persans, & le Couronnement de Soliman III. Amsterdam aux Depens de la Compagne ... 1735.
Nouvelle Edition, Augmentée du Couronnement de Soliman III. & d’un grand nombre de Passages tirés du Manuscrit de l’Auteur, qui ne se trouvant point dans les Editions précédentes. 3 vols. + Supplementary vol. thus 4 in total. Sm. 4to. Half titles present, Rubric 2 port. frontiss., t.p. devices, 5 large engraved chapter headings, 79 engraved copper plates including 49 folding, dec. devices and initial letters. French text. Gathering E to vol 2. bound in upside down and back to front, light waterstain to gutter hinges of prelims. and first 10 odd leaves of vol. 2., light browning, dyed turquiose leather pastedowns, textured paper contemporary mottled calf boards with intricate gilt tooled borders surrounding to the upper board the gilt crest of Holland House, slight surface loss to lower board of vol. 1., rebacked with much of original spines laid down, gilt tooled spines with raised bands and lacking some of upper and lower compartments, remains of gilt lettered labels. With the ever elusive supplementary volume containing Chardin’s previously unpublished work ‘... Soliman III’ and extracts from his (Chardin’s) manuscript. With loosely inserted bookplates of Jean Maystre Swiss (1677-1732), as catalogued by Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana Venice. With loosely inserted bookplates of Holland House, Chardin of course lived at Holland House in the 1680s. Jean Chardin (1643–1713), born Jean-Baptiste Chardin, known as Sir John Chardin, was a French jeweller and traveller whose above work is regarded as one of the finest works of early Western scholarship on Persia and the Near East in general. Chardin's style of writing is simple and graphic, and he gives a faithful account of what he saw and heard, early readers commended Chardin's work for its fullness and fidelity. Sir William Jones says he gave the best account of Mahometan nations ever published and he received praise from a number of Enlightenment thinkers, among them Montesquieu, Rousseau, Voltaire and Gibbon. Latter-day scholars of Persia also vouch for his importance; according to John Emerson, "his information on Safavid Persia outranks that of all other Western writers in range, depth, accuracy, and judiciousness." Chardin travelled far and wide, had a good command of the Persian language, and left detailed accounts of the places and people he encountered. He also had direct access to the Safavid court, and his descriptions of contemporary politics and administration are highly regarded. Although there are occasional lapses in his books, he is generally trusted as a reliable witness, and his work has been used as a source for diverse studies on Safavid history, government, economics, anthropology, religion, art and culture. Extracts from his works appear in all the chief collections of travels, but there is no complete English translation.
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