Description: FIRST EDITION, 4to (237 x 178mm.), engraved portrait frontispiece, folding map, head-piece vignettes, and 3 plates, contemporary mottled calf, central arms of Louis-François-Armand de Vignerot du Plessis, duc de Richelieu et de Fronsac in gilt, name added in gilt above (see provenance), surrounded by triple gilt fillet borders, spine gilt in six compartments
Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate
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Literature: Cordier, Sinica 2088; Western Travellers in China 29; Löwendahl 206 (1693 edition)
Provenance: Louis-François-Armand de Vignerot du Plessis, duc de Richelieu et de Fronsac (1715-1788), supralibros (Olivier 407, fer 1); Vicomte d’Ermonville, name added above arms; Stanislas Girardin d'Ermenonville (1762-1827), book label; James Whatman, armorial bookplate
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