In a binding with deer tools

[CRULL, Jodocus] (editor) and J[oachim] BOUVET

The Present Condition of the Muscovite Empire, till the Year 1699. In Two Letters: the First from a Gentleman, Who Was Conversant with the Muscovite Ambassadour in Holland: the Second from a Person of Quality at Vienna, Concerning the Late Muscovite Embassy, His Present Czarish Majesty; the Russian Empire; and Great-Tartary. With the Life of the Present Emperour of China

Publication: London, 1699.

[CRULL, Jodocus] (editor) and J[oachim] BOUVET, The Present Condition of the Muscovite Empire, till the Year 1699. In Two Letters: the First from a Gentleman, Who Was Conversant with the Muscovite Ambassadour in Holland: the Second from a Person of Quality at Vienna, Concerning the Late Muscovite Embassy, His Present Czarish Majesty; the Russian Empire; and Great-Tartary. With the Life of the Present Emperour of China, , 1699.
Russian and China at the end of the 17th century, in a lovely binding with deer tools. A fine example of the first edition, the Macclesfield copy. Read More

£3,750

In stock

Our Notes & References

Fine copy, with a noble English provenance and unusual binding pattern, of this uncommon, contemporary English account of the simultaneous reigns of two great emperors: Peter the Great (1672-1725) and Kang-Hsi (1654-1722).

After Smyth or Fletcher’s pioneering works, and mostly after Peter the Great’s embassy to Europe in 1697-98, more attention was progressively given to the Eastern great powers. This was the opportunity for a few new publications to appear, such as the present work published shortly after Peter’s journey to Britain in February-April 1698. It relates in particular the recent ‘Streltsy’ revolts of 1682 and even 1698, gives some highlights of this ‘Great Embassy’, and offers charming physical and historical descriptions, which also include numerous anecdotes with the Chinese emperor, some interesting comments on the people and languages of Siberia and on the trade between Russians and Chinese.

While Crull (d. 1713?) wrote an ‘Antient [sic] and Present State of Muscovy’ published in 1698, he appears to be only the editor of the present two ‘letters’, which remain the work of an unknown author.

The missionary father Bouvet (1656-1730) is the author of the Chinese account, which has a separate pagination under the title The history of Cang-Hy, the present emperour of China, a translation of his Histoire de l’empereur de la Chine.

Provenance

Thomas Thomson (inscription on flyleaf dated 1716 and signature on title-page); Earls of Macclesfield (armorial bookplate and blindstamp on title); Björn Löwendahl (Swedish antiquarian bookdealer specialised in rare Asiatica; 1941-2013).

Bibliography

Crowther 2020; Wing B3861-2; ESTC 006085702; cf. Cordier 634 and Lust 467 for Bouvet, French edition.

 

Physical Description

Two parts in one volume 8vo (17 x 10.5 cm). [14], 70, [2] blank, [2], 75-109, [1] blank; [2], 111pp.

Binding

Contemporary calf, blindtooling to covers with fleurons and deers, spine with raised bands, gilt in compartments, red morocco label lettered in gilt to one.

Condition

Hinges and extremities skillfully restored; occasional light spotting.

Request More Information/Shipping Quote