Important notes on the Middle East, China, Russia, etc.

Avril, Philippe, SJ. Travels into divers parts of Europe and Asia, undertaken by the French king's order to discover a new way by land into China [...] Together with a description of Great Tartary, and of the different people who inhabit there [...] To which is added, a supplement extracted from Hakluyt and Purchas; giving an account of several journeys over land from Russia, Persia, and the Moguls country to China.

London, Tim Goodwin, 1693.

12mo. (12), 191, (1) pp. 178, (2) pp. With title-page printed in red and black. Modern half calf.


First English edition of an account by the French missionary Philippe Avril, relating his travels in search of an overland route to China and the Far East. Avril embarked in 1685 in Livorno and travelled through Syria, Kurdistan, Armenia and Persia. He returned to France via Constantinople, Russia, Moldavia and Poland, arriving home in 1690.

Owner's entry on title page. Annotated in pencil. Some minor browning; tear in A2; otherwise in good condition.

De Backer/Sommervogel I, 706. Howgego I, A142 (p. 70). Cordier, Sinica, cols. 2088f. Cox I, 75f. ESTC R16481. Löwendahl 207. Lust 311. Morrison I, 311. Wing A4275.