OLEARIUS, Adam. Voyages and Travells of the Ambassadors sent by Frederick Duke of Holstein, to the Great Duke of Muscovy, and the Kings of Persia. Begun in the Year M.DC. XXXIII. and finish'd in M.D.CXXXIX. Containing a compleat History of Muscovy, Tartary, Persia. And other adjacent Countries... In VII. Books. Whereto are added the Travels of John Albert de Mandelslo... from Persia, into the East-Indies. Containing a particular Description of Indosthan, the Mogul's Empire, the Oriental ilands, Japan, China, &c... in III books... The second edition corrected. London, printed for John Starkey, and Thomas Basset, 1669.
Two parts in one volume, folio. Near-contemporary English full panelled calf, spine with raised bands, ornamented in gilt, all edges gilt; pp. [xx], 316; [vi], 232, , additional engraved title, 2 engraved portraits, 6 folding engraved maps one engraved Cyrillic alphabet in the text, a few woodcut headpieces; binding rebacked, using the original backstrip, a little worn; internally a few maps with repairted tears to folds (as usual), one portrait with short margianl repair, only very lightly spotted or browned, a crisp and very good copy with the 19th-century armorial engraved book plate of the 13th Duke of Somerset inside front cover.
Originally published in Schleswig in German (1556), then first in English in 1662, this is the second English edition, translated by John Davies. The first part of the volume gives adetailed account of the first German trading mission to Moscow and Persia, sent by the Duke of Holstein-Gottorp. Adam Oelschläger (Olearius), a mathematician and prolific scholar, accompanied the embassy as secretary. Johan Albert Mandelslo was a German adventurer who participated in the same expedition to Isfahan, where he separated from the party and made his way to India. In 1639 he sailed for England stopping over in Sri Lanka Ceylon and Madagascar. His travelogue was published posthumously by Olearius. It deals as well with South-East Asia, Japan and China.
ESTC R30756; Cox I, p. 249 ('of importance cartographically, especially of its map of the river Volga').