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Descriptio regni Iaponiae cum quibusdam affinis materiae, ex variis auctoribus collecta et in ordinem redacta per Bernhardum Varenium [bound with] Tractatus in quo agitur: De Japoniorum religione, De Christianae religionis introductione in ea loca, De eiusdem exstirpatione, 2 vols. in 1.

Varenius, Bernhardus. [Elsevier Republics - Japan]. [Travel]. [Religion]. [Siam].

Published by Amsterdam: Elzevier, 1649., 1649
From J & J Hanrahan, ABAA (Wells, ME, U.S.A.)

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Engraved illustrated title-page (verso blank),[46], 267 [i.e., 287 (1)]; [8] 120 [i.e., 320]pp.Collated by signature and pagination; complete except for folding chart. Page 287 of Vol. 1 misnumbered 267; pages 318 and 319 of Vol. 2 misnumbered 118 and 119. 11.5 cm. Old (original?) vellum binding with wear to hinges but strong; evidence of a label having been removed from spine. First edition. Willems 1095; Traister, The Elsevier Republics #35; cf. Varenius in Encycl. Brit. 11th Edit.; OCLC Acc. #7449720; Cordier, Bibliotheca Japonica, 368. The   signature (4 leaves) is misbound; bound at front of Descriptio regni (following DescriptioÕs title-page) rather than at the beginning of Tractatus which title-page, dedication and index it contains. With description of Siam in Vol. 1, and a section on the religion of Siam in Vol. 2 (translated into Latin from Jodocus Schouten). ÒDuring the firmÕs [ElzevierÕs] prime, Bonaventura and Abraham Elsevier produced in Leiden the thirty-five Republics, a series of volumes in Latin providing information about a variety of countries and cities. Thomas SmithÕs book on England inaugurated the series in 1625. Bernhard VareniusÕs 1649 collection of writings on Japan was its last volumeÓ [Traister, pp.3-4]. The books were small, rarely illustrated, and, as Traister puts it, Òmade to travel easily. in the pockets or the travelling bags of those for whom their information seemed likely to prove immediately necessary.Ó ÒAn excellent compilationÓ completed one year before VareniusÕs death at the age of 28, Òa victim to the privations and miseries of a poor scholarÕs lifeÓ[Brit., 11th ed.]. Remains of bookplate and book tag of a London bookseller on front paste-down; numbers on verso of engraved title-page, no other marks. In all, a handsome and very good copy of this early travel book on Japan. Bookseller Inventory # 5668

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Title: Descriptio regni Iaponiae cum quibusdam ...

Publisher: Amsterdam: Elzevier, 1649.

Publication Date: 1649

Edition: 1st Edition

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