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HANWAY, JONAS. AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE BRITISH TRADE OVER THE CASPIAN SEA: with the Author's Journal of Travels
London, T. Osborne et al 1754, hb. Ill.: folding maps, engravings.
Complete two volume set freshly re-bound in finest bookcalf. 4to, First published in 1753, this is the Second Edition "revised and corrected".
Hanway's journal of travels "from England through Russia into Persia; and back through Russia, Germany and Holland. To which are added the revolutions of Persia during the present century, with the particular history of the great usurper Nadir Kouli." Pagination: volume I, pp. xxiv [pp. xxv-xxviii mis-bound at end of volume], 1-458 [pp. 459-460 mis-bound after pp. xxviii],  "Explanation of the Copper-Plates in this Work", [1-8] Index; volume II, pp. xx, [plate], pp. -460, [1-14] Index, [1-4] "An Explanation of Several Foreign Words in the Two Volumes", [1-2] "Books Printed for A. Millar in the Strand". All plates and maps present, except that the folding map of the Russian Embassy to Persia, called for at p. 237 of volume I is mis-bound at p. 237 of volume II. All others maps and plates placed as stipulated in the "Explanation" (see above). Nine folding maps, 19 full-page copper engraved plates, and 12 engraved vignettes. Marginal notations in a very early hand ("f" for "s") to first 115 pages, and from pp. 454 to 460 of volume I, ditto for pp. 23 to 50 of volume II. Marginal darkening to pp. 130 to 180 of volume II and last quarter of text quite foxed. Crease to pp. 197 to 198. Small stain to page 50 of volume I. Beautifully re-bound with blind-ruled lines and gilt florettes to boards, the spines in compartments with morocco spine labels; both volumes bound in period style. New hand-made marbled endpapers. A splendid set. Note: the title of volume II is printed as "The Revolutions of Persia: Containing the Reign of Shah Sultan Hussein; the Invasion of the Afghans".