TANCOIGNE, Joseph Michel
A Narrative of a Journey into Persia, and Residence at Teheran: Containing a Descriptive Itinerary from Constantinople to the Persian Capital ... From the French of M. Tancoigne, attached to the Embassy of General Gardane
London: Printed for William Wright, 1820. 8vo. (8 1/2 x 5 3/8 inches). Engraved folding map after Arrowsmith, hand coloured engraved plate.
Twentieth century half smooth tan calf over marbled paper covered boards, spine with raised bands in six compartments, morocco lettering piece in the second
First edition in English of a noted French epistolary narrative describing an Embassy to Persia.
"Tancoigne was attached to the French embassy in Persia from 1807 to 1809" (Atabey). First published in French, this first English edition includes a charming hand colored plate of the interior of a harem. This one volume edition is dedicated to Mirza-Aboul-Hassan-Khan, the Persian Ambassador in London; the dedication reads: "The following Letters, in which an impartial though flattering picture, of the present state of Persia is given, and above all, ample justice has been done to the virtues and talents of his illustrious and enlightened sovereign..."
Atabey 1193 (first edition in French); Wilson, p.222; Weber I:82.