Renaudot, Eusebius: ANCIENT ACCOUNTS OF INDIA AND CHINA. By Two Mohammedan Travellers Who went to those Parts in the 9th Century; Translated from the Arabic by the Late Learned.... London, 1733. [Title printed in red and black with woodcut vignette] xxxvii, 99, 260 pp., 6 ff. 20x13 cm. Later quarter leather.
First English edition. Cordier 1924; Lust 299.
A medieval travel account of great importance, describing India and the Far East four hundred years before Marco Polo. The two Arabic travellers, apparently called Sulaiman and Abu Zaid Hasan, embarked on their journeys in the mid-ninth century A.D., visiting the principal cities of the East.
The English edition was translated from the original French, printed in Paris in 1718. Renaudot (1646-1720) was an accomplished Orientalist, who based this work on a unique Arabic manuscript (written before A.D. 1173) which is now in the Bibliotheque Nationale. He expanded these travel accounts with long annotations and essays on such topics as Christianity in China and Chinese scientific achievements.
Although some of the material is unlikely to be reliable, much of the information on China was later confirmed by Marco Polo. This work has consequently come to be valued for its description of China at a very early period.
Reviewing this edition for The Chinese Repository, E. C. Bridgman wrote, 'Every reader of these copious extracts will see at once the striking resemblance between the Chinese of the 9th and 19th centuries'.
Rebound in recent quarter leather.
Available, as of: 01/09/2019
Was item 144 in printed List 196.
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