LE BRUN, CORNELIUS. 1652-1727/28.
Voyages de Corneille Le Brun par la Moscovie, en Perse, et aux Indes orientales. Amsterdam: chez les Freres Wetstein, 1718.
2 volumes. Folio (325 x 204 mm). , 252; , 253-469 pp. Half-title in vol 1. Title-pages printed in red and black. Engraved frontispiece, portrait, 3 maps (3 folding, 1 double-page), 115 plates (59 folding, 12 double-page), the majority with multiple images, 54 engraved illustrations in text. Contemporary polished calf, covers ruled in blind, spines gilt with morocco labels. Bindings with small splits to joints, and light scuffing to extremities.
EXCELLENT COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH of Le Brun's travels to Russia, Persia, India and Java, copiously illustrated with flora, fauna, native studies, costumes, antiquities and views. Also included are two particularly wide folding panoramas, one of Moscow and a second of Isfahan. Following an initial voyage to the Levant, "In 1701, Le Bruyn started on the second of his journeys taking a ship to the country of the Samoyeds, and then proceeding to Moscow. Traveling by way of Asia Minor, he arrived in Persia where he remained for the years 1704-05. Leaving Persia he proceeded [by ship] to India [stopping at Cochin], Ceylon and the East Indies [i.e. Batavia]. He returned by much the same route, residing in Persia between 1706 and 1707 and describing the ruins of Persepolis and Pasargades" (Howgego). Brunet III, 911; Cohen-de Ricci 610; Howgego B177; Lipperheide 546; Wilson p 33.