CHARDIN. Voyages du chevalier Chardin, en Perse, et autres lieux de l’Orient. Enrichis de Figures en Taille-douce, qui représentent les Antiquités & les choses remarquables du Païs. Nouvelle édition, Augmentée du Couronnement de Soliman III. & d’un grand nombre de Passages tirés du Manuscrit de l’Auteur, qui ne se trouvent point dans les Éditions précédentes. Amsterdam, Aux dépens de la compagnie, 1735.
4 parts in 4 4to volumes [247 x 194 mm] of: I/ (6) ll., 1 frontispiece, 390 pp., 18 engravings out of pagination including 9 folding ones; II/ (1) l., 359 pp., 45 engravings out of pagination including 37 folding ones; III / (2) ll., 437 pp., 15 engravings ; IV/ (2) ll., 324 pp., (15) ll., 1 engraving. Copy bound at the time without the half-titles and the frontispiece in part 4. Marbled fawn calf, spines ribbed and finely decorated with gilt fleurons, brown and lemon morocco lettering pieces, red edges. Contemporary binding.
First complete edition of Chardin’s travels in Persia, enlarged with several parts and with Suleiman III’s crowning. Brunet, I, 1802; Chadenat, I, 1566; Schwab, Bibliographie de la Perse, n°87-88; Wilson p.40; Atabey 220; Diba p. 238.
Suleiman III’s Crowning gives a particular interest to this edition. “This relation, Boucher de la Richarderie says, hasn’t been inserted in the edition of Chardin’s travels in 1711 and 1723. It is only in the last edition of his Travels, published after his death in 1735.- Very rare”. (Bibliographie de la Perse).
“The unanimous testimony of the travelers who have, since Chardin, visited and described the same lands, has only helped to notice the accuracy, the depth of his observations, the variety of his knowledge and his truthfulness […] The first edition of his travels, published in London in 1686 folio, only encloses the travel from Paris to Isfahan; it hasn’t been continued because the author left for Holland where he published 2 other edition, more or less complete of his Travel in Persia. We say more or less complete because the bookseller Delorme forced the author to suppress some parts likely to annoy the Roman clergy, and to prevent the debit of the work in France. These parts have been put back in the 1735 edition, 4 4to volumes”. (Biographie universelle, VII, 506).
This edition is illustrated with 79 engravings out of pagination including 51 folding ones and 4 vignettes. The 2nd part presents folding tables up to 190 cm long and presenting the bas-relief of a temple in the ruins of Persepolis.
Chadenat mentions concerning this edition: “79 beautiful folding plates: maps, views, scenes, etc.” He specifies that he owns “a very beautiful edition, in a nice binding [in sprinkled calf with a part of light calf on the covers], of this estimated work”.
Son of a jeweler Place Dauphine in Paris, Chardin left in 1665 in India, secondarily in order to trade diamonds, but mostly driven by the passion of travels. He crossed Persia, visited Surate, Ormus, and came back to settle in Isfahan, where he stayed 6 years and where the Shah Abbas II appointed him as his “merchant”.
“His official position, his relations with the main characters, the knowledge he quickly got of the country’s idioms, allowed him to gather many information about the government, the habits, the antiquities, the monuments and the history of Persia (…). It was claimed that the academician Charpentier had helped Chardin in writing his book. Be as it may, what truly belongs to this illustrious traveler, are the precious materials gathered with so many intelligence and courage, these searches, observations, these curious and authentic information about the history, the administration, the legislation, the habits, the sciences, the arts, the customs of a country almost unknown until then.”
“This travel is one of the most interesting published during the latest century. This edition is still quite sought-after […] and is rarely found” mentions Brunet.
Beautiful wide-margined copy, illustrated with 79 superb full-page engravings, preserved in its elegant contemporary binding.
Provenance: handwritten ex-libris of the Duchess de Holstein repeated on the title leaves.