London: printed for the author, 1723 - 1732. Hardcover. This scarce and important work was printed for the author. Aubry de la Mottraye (1674?-1743) came from a French Huguenot family that had settled in England. He received an excellent education, and started traveling in 1696. In the course of twenty-six years, he toured Northern Europe, Crimea, the Near East, Russia, Prussia and Poland. La Mottraye combined diplomatic travels – as counselor and attendant to various rulers – with commercial transactions and his activity as a collector. His chronicle is adorned with impressive engravings of rare subjects, views of cities as well as everyday life scenes. His detailed descriptions make his account one of the first travelogues in which the force of the written discourse equals the impact of the illustrations. The first two volumes were printed in 1723 with the third issued in 1732. Bound in later three quarter red leather over red cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Large chip to leather on foot of spines of both volumes I and III, which have been repaired with a modern strip of leather. Chipping and wear to leather along hinges, spine ends, and corners of all volumes. The leather on all hinges is cracked; however, the boards remain firmly attached with all cords intact. Bookplate of Daniel Baugh to front pastedowns of all three volumes. Non-archival tape repair to first page of text in volume three and the same page is mostly separated from binding. Occasional spots of soiling, small dampstains to top margins of a couple of pages, occasional foxing, and uniform browning to some pages. Occasional slight splits to interior bindings and occasional short closed tears to edges of pages. Includes a total of 58 plates including maps, many of which fold out. Some plates appear to have been trimmed, which in one case has affected a small portion of the image. Some folding plates and maps have additional creases and/or closed tears and a few have minor archival repairs to the verso. Small wormholes to bottom margins of some pages in third volume. Frontis in third volume is mounted. Includes woodcut head and tail pieces as well as several initials. Overall, an attractive and interesting work with numerous illustrations of antiquities and maps.Volume I: 440 pages plus 26 plates of which 14 fold (appears to lack plate XI) and 2 folding maps. Also includes 7 page list of subscribers. Volume II: 432 pages plus 72 pages of appendices and contents as well as 18 plates of which 8 fold plus 2 folding maps. Volume III: 296 pages plus 2 pages of advertisements and 10 plates, of which 1 folds. Very Good.
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