FORMOSA. PSALMANAAZAAR, GEORGE (= N. F. B DE RODES). An Historical and Geographical Description of Formosa, an Island subject to the Emperor of Japan.. Giving an Account of the Religion, Customs, Manners, &c. of the Inhabitants. Together with a Relation of what happen'd to the Author im his Travels; particularly hos Conferences with the Jesuits,... Also the History and Reasons of his Conversion to Christianity,... London (printed for Dan. Brown, and others) 1704.
8:0. ((8), i-xiv, (2), (1)-331 (wrongly numbered 131), (5) pp. 16 engraved plates (including the folding table of the Formosan alphabet [with mended tear], all, one nore folding, some minor foxing). .
Contemporary brown full calf, worn, rebacked, mended in the hinges. Minor foxing. Bookplate of A. P. de Lisle of Garendon Park and Gracedieu Manor. First editon.
Compare Löwendahl 290 (the 1705 edition). "If it was not the product of his own imagination, he borrowed from Vareniu's 'Descriptio regni Japoniae' and other sources. The work was championed by Samuel Johnson and Oxford University, where the author was offered a chair in Formosan"
From the library of Swedish antiquarian bookdealer Björn Löwendahl (1941-2013).
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