Auction 358 Old & Rare Books - Various subjects

MARITIME HISTORY - TRAVELLING -- BRUIN (also BRUYN or BRUIJN), C. de. Reizen over Moskovie, door Persie en Indie. Vertoonende De beroemste lantschappen en steden, ook de byzondere dragten, beesten, gewassen en planten, (…). Voor al derzelver oudheden, En wel voornamentlyk heel uitvoerig, die van het (…) Hof van Persepolis, By den Persiaenen Tchilminar genaemt. (2e dr.). Amst., R. & G. Wetstein, (a.o.), 1714. (8), 472, (12) pp. W. engr. front. by B. Picart, title in red and black, fine engr. portrait of the author by Gerrit Valck, 2 double-p. engr. maps, 260 numb. engr. plates (many double-p./fold.) and 36 engr. in text. Fine cont. blind tooled vellum w. raised bands. (Spine professionally repaired, w. 2 bookplates on paste down, 2 small stamps (1 on endpaper & 1 (faint) on ti.), a few marg. repairs, lge-fold. view of Moscow rep. on v°, some plates may be from another copy (same issue), but in all an excellent and clean copy).

Cornelis de Bruin (1652-1727), Dutch painter and traveller, wrote two important travel accounts of which this is the second. In 1701 he started this second journey which led him to Russia, Persia, India and Indonesia. In Russia he visited Archangelsk and the Samoyeds in North Russia. He was also commissioned to paint the cousins of Czar Peter with whom De Bruin also had a conversation in Dutch. In Persia he visited Persepolis and Ispahan. In 1705 he went to Ceylon and Java. He travelled with his eyes wide open, collecting seeds, describing animal and plant life. He also had a keen interest in the languages he came across and paid attention to cuneiform script. The drawings he made, especially the large folding panoramic views of Moscow (30 x 190 cm), Ispahan (30 x 190 cm) and Persepolis (in 4 parts measuring in total 30 x 250 cm!), are very important because they are the first foreign representations of that kind and beautifully executed. - Tiele 209; Drijvers, (e.a.). "Ik hadde de nieusgierigheid". De reizen door het Nabije Oosten v. C. de Bruijn (ca. 1652-1727); Cat. NHSM, p. 257.

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