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RENAUDOT (Eusèbe), ed. Anciennes relations des Indes et de la Chine, de deux voyageurs Mahometans, qui y allèrent dans le neuvieme siecle. Traduites d'arabe, avec des remarques A Paris, chez J.-B. Coignard, 1718. In-8, XXXIX-397 p., [8] f. (table), contemporary mottled havana calf, 5-ribbed spine, brown morocco title-piece, ornate caissons, gilt fillet at edges, red edges (snagged tail-cap, one corner dull; pale wetness in margin of 5 introductory f.). First edition of this first French translation by the orientalist E. Renaudot (1646-1720), member of the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres and the Académie française. The first part of the original text is attributed to Sulaiman, the merchant, the 2nd to Hasan ibn Yazid, Abu Zaid, al Sirafi. This is a primordial collection for our knowledge of the ancient history of China and India. (Cordier, Bibl. sinica, 1823).
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