Description: FIRST EDITION, folio (315 x 208mm.), woodcut device on title, woodcut historiated initials and decorations, old vellum with brown lettering to spine, light spotting, some leaves browned
Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate. Small repair to corner of title-page and following leaf, scattered pen notes, damp stains to K3-K5, tear to 2A6
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Literature: Löwendahl 24; Sabin 43769; Western Travellers in China 11
Provenance: Gift to an unknown recipient by Callisto Marini, Cardinal Archivist of the Vatican Secret Archives (1782-1822), inscription on free front endpaper, dated 10 June 1808; bought at the sale of the bookseller Luigi Sacondi (?) by Canonico Catervo Serrani of Tolentino, Rome, 7 January 1864
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