An Historical and Geographical Description Of Formosa, An Island Subject

An Historical and Geographical Description Of Formosa, An Island Subject to the Emperor of Japan. Giving An Account of the Religion, Customs, Manners, Etc. of the Inhabitants. Together with a Relation of what happen'd to the Author in his Travels; particu

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London: Dan Brown, 1704. XIV, 327, Appendix [A8, a4, B-Y8]. Folding Alphabet Table, and 15 plates, one folding. Lacks folding map. An early, formidable hoax, fictional travel account of, to contemporary Europeans intrigued by exotic exploits and travels, the Island of Formosa. -- the author pretending to be a native of the island. His inventions too were exotic, including a Formosan language among other imaginative accounts. The real author thought to be N.F.B. Rodes? who received a Jesuit education where he may have learned some background about Formosa. BRUNET Vol.IV, p.919. LOWNDES, 1989. Foxing, book seller label of Isseido, Tokyo; raised bands, gilt spine panels lettered and decorated in gilt. First edition. Contemporary full speckled Cambridge style calf, rebacked. Very good.


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