Journal ou suite du voyage de Siam, Abbe de Choisy, 1687, extremely rare first edition LAN1151

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Journal ou suite du voyage de Siam, Abbe de Choisy, 1687, extremely rare first edition


This is the very rare first Amsterdam edition of this work from 1687, following the first Paris printing. A very early account of Western travel to Thailand (Siam).

Choisy, Abbe De. Journal ou suite du voyage de Siam en forme des lettres familieres fait en MD CLXXXV et MD CLXXXVI, par Mr. L. D. C. suivant la copie de Paris imprimee.

Published: Chez Pierre Mortier, Amsterdam 1687
Edition: First Amsterdam Edition. 
Binding: Contemporary Full Vellum

First Edition, contemporary vellum, cover worn and soiled but intact and expected condition for age, pp. 3pp + 377pp + 3pp, small worm holes at pp. 369 to end, lacking rear endpaper, age browning mainly to top edge of many pages, contents generally clean and binding firm, small bookseller's sticker on inside cover – a good copy in its original state.

Abbe de Choisy along with Chevalier de Chaumont were sent by King Louis XVI as representatives of France to the Kingdom of Siam under the Reign of King Narai the Great. This rare volume is a detailed journal written in the form of correspondence letters of Choisy's observations including countless details of daily life in Siam during his stay as a missionary during 1685-1686.

Approx. 160mm high x 100mm wide x 25mm deep