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Middle East - CHARDEN (Jean Antoine). Travels of Knight Chardin in Persia and other places of the East. New edition, carefully conferred on the three original editions, increased by a note on Persia... by L. Langlès. Paris, Le Normant, 1811. 10 volumes in-8, granite brown calf, richly decorated smooth spines (contemporary binding) and one volume of half-bound atlases. Fourth edition. 3 heading vignettes in the text volumes. The atlas contains the portrait of Chardin engraved by Macret after Loggan, a large general folding map of Persia by Lapie and 83 plates ( with 1, 2, 3, or 4 figures per sheet) in 63 ff. including 9 quadruple plates. The best and most complete edition established by the great orientalist Langlès, corrected the inaccuracies of the previous editions and augmented by a notice on Persia from the earliest times to the present day. Son of a Parisian Calvinist goldsmith, Jean Chardin (1643-1713) went to the Orient to trade in jewellery. He crossed Persia, sailed to Surat and, after a short stay in India, returned to Esfahan, where he remained for six years as a merchant of Shah Abbas II. He learned the Persian language and culture as well as Turkish and Arabic. On his return to France he emigrated to England in the face of persecution. King Charles II immediately awarded him the title of knight and appointed him court jeweller. He joined the English India Company and was plenipotentiary to the Dutch States from 1683 to 1712. Excellent condition both outside and inside for the text volumes, used atlas binding with a bit of loose leather. Very good condition inside the atlas. A nice set.