CHARDIN, Sir John. Travels in Persia [translated by Edmund Lloyd]. With an Introduction by ... Sir Percy Sykes. London, The University Press, Cambridge for The Argonaut Press, 1927.
4to. Original vellum-backed blue buckram boards, device in gilt on upper cover, spine lettered in gilt, green silk marker; pp. xxx, 287, [1 (blank)], [1 (colophon)], [1 (blank)]; colour-printed title-vignette, 2 folding plates, one portrait, and 6 illustrations in the text, 4 full-page; minimal light marking, to binding, otherwise very clean and fresh.
First edition in this format thus, no. 577 of 975 copies. Chardin (1643-1713) travelled on several occasions to Persia, where he amassed a fortune as the agent to Shah Solyman III for the purchase of jewels. First published in French in 1686, Travels in Persia describes Chardin's experiences in the country and has become a classic of the literature. This text is taken from the translation published by Lloyd in 1720, and is prefaced by a bibliographical note by N.M. Penzer (the general editor of the Argonaut Press series) and an introduction by Sykes. This was the third Argonaut Press publication.
Cox I, p. 250 (misdated 1925).