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CORNEILLE LE BRUN (DE BRUYN). Voyages par la Moscovie, en Perse, et aus Indies Orientales, Volume 2, Amsterdam: Freres Wetstein, 1718. Folio, first French edition, pp. 253-468, contemporary marbled calf boards with morocco labels and gilt ornaments to spine, marbled edges, brown cloth-covered solander box, text in French, extensive illustration by the author. With 152 etched plates, many double-page and fold-out, numbered 111-262. This volume includes a long section on Persepolis, with 27 panoramic views of the ruins -- pillars, facades with ornaments and reliefs, columns, tombs of the king of Persia, figures, etc. Other plates show views of China, Arabia, animals, plants, Balinese slaves, various settlements, a "savage man of the South," and much more. The author was a painter and explorer who traveled from 1701 to 1708 to Russia, Persia, India, Ceylon and elsewhere. His Persepolis sojourn came in 1704. At the end of this volume is appended a criticism of the work of Jean Chardin and Kempfer. See Brunet V. 3, 911, and Cohen de Ricci 610. Provenance: From the library of Prince Albert de Saxe Teschen with his library label on the front paste-down. Condition of this book: Very clean, with minor bleeding of the marbled edges on a couple preliminary leaves. Corners rubbed, loss of gilt to the spine.