Recüeil de plusieurs relations et traitez singuliers et curieux . . . qui n’ont point esté mis dans ses six premiers voyages. Divisé en cinq paties [sic]. I. Une relation du Japon, et de la cause de la persecution des Chrestiens dans ses isles: avec la carte du païs. II. Relation de ce qui s’est passé dans la negociation des deputez qui ont esté en Perse et aux Indes, tant de la part du roy, que de la Compagnie Françoise, pour l’establissement du commerce. III. Observations sur le commerce des Indes Orientales, et sur les frauds qui s’y peuvent commetre. IV. Relation nouvelle et singuliere du royaume de Tunquin: avec plusieurs figures et la carte du païs. V. Histoire de la conduite des Hollandois en Asie.

Paris, Gervais Clouzier, 1679.

4to, pp. [xvi], 72, [2], 156, [2], 1–22, [2], 23–32, [2], 33–78, [4], 79–96, [2], 178, with a frontispiece-portrait of the author, nine engraved plates (comprising eight folding plates and a further, full-length, portrait of the author in Persian dress) and two folding maps; a few scattered spots here and there, a few plates fractionally shaved, but an excellent copy in eighteenth-century French mottled calf, spine richly gilt and with red morocco label; minor wear, neat old repairs at head of spine and at two corners; from the library of the Ducs de Luynes, with their gilt arms in centre of covers and in each compartment of spine, their Dampierre bookplate on front pastedown and stamped initials ‘D.L.D’ on title.


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First edition, separately published, of the third part of Tavernier’s celebrated collection of voyages. The first two parts, Les six voyages, had appeared in 1676 and were also reissued in 1679.

‘In 1679 [Tavernier] had printed at Paris a collection of five treatises which had not been incorporated into Les six voyages. He was aided in the preparation of these materials for the press by a M. de La Chapelle, secretary to M. de Lamoignon. The first book, dealing with Japan, a land not visited by Tavernier, seeks to show why the Christians were persecuted there, and it includes an interesting map of the islands. The second relation summarizes the negotiations undertaken by the French emissaries to Persia and India in the years following the establishment of Colbert’s East India Company. The third book brings together Tavernier’s own general observations, made during his voyages of the functioning of commerce in the East Indies. The fourth book relates what the author learned of Tongking through his brother Daniel (d. 1648), who had actually worked there and who had prepared the map included in this treatise. Much of the information on Tongking is faulty. The final and longest relation is a book in itself which summarizes Tavernier’s own hostile view of the ways in which the Dutch merchants and rulers conducted themselves in Asia. To these five books is appended a reprint of Tavernier’s description of the interior of the seraglio, first published in 1675. This collection, like its predecessor, stirred controversies and polemics among contemporaries that were continued well into the eighteenth century’ (Lach, Asia in the making of Europe III pp. 417–8).

Cordier, Japonica 393.

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