The Travels of Sir John Chardin into Persia and the East-Indies (Through the Black-Sea, And the Country of Colchis). The First Volume (all published), Containing the Author's Voyage from Paris to Isprahan.To which is added, The Coronation of this Present King of Persia, Solyman the Third,
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, engraved. portrait, additional engraved title-page, folding engarved. map, and 21 engraved plates of which 15 are folded. contemporary calf, rebacked, full gilt panelled spine, red letter piece, Printed for Moses Pitt, London 1686
The author, a young French jeweller, traveled to Persia as early as 1665 aged just 21. There he secured a series of lucrative commissions and was called upon to travel further east to India in search of diamonds, thus establishing his links with the East Indies trade. On his return to France, Chardin was approached by the English envoy Henry Saville who encouraged the merchant traveller to emigrate to England which he duly did in the spring of 1681. The entropreneurial Parisian was appointed to the East India Company two years after his arrival; he subsequently worked on publication of his memoirs, in which he was ably assisted by John Evelyn.