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Histoire nouvelle et curieuse des royaumes de Tunquin et de Lao

Histoire nouvelle et curieuse des royaumes de Tunquin et de Lao, contenant une description exacte de leur origine, grandeur et étendue, de leurs richness et de leurs forces, des m?urs et du naturel de leurs habitants, de la fertlilité de ces contrées des rivières qui les arrosent de tous côtés et de plusieurs autres circonstances utiles et nécessaires pour une plus grande intelligence de la géographie. Two parts in one volume. Paris, Gervais Clouzier, 1666.

MARINI, GIOVANNI FILIPPO DE: 4to. Pp. (x), 184, 181-284, 289-328; (ii), 329-436. Pagination irregular but text is complete. Some minor staining. Contemporary calf with gilt bevelled edges, expertly rebacked to style with spine richly decorated in compartments and with title label, sprinkled red edges. First French edition of the sections about Tonkin and Laos in Marini's "Delle missioni dé padri della Compagnia di Giesu nella provincia del Giappone, e particolarmente di quella di Tumkino" (1663). It was reissued in 1665 with a new title "Historia et relatione del Tunchino e del Giappone" by F. Le Comte. The second part of this work has got a new title "Relation nouvelle et curieuse des royaumes de Tonquin et de Lao" and is devoted to Laos. Marini was an Italian Jesuit who served for more than forty years as missionary in Asia (Tonkin, Macao and Japan) in the 17th century. He died at Macao in 1682. This work devoted to Tonkin (Vietnam) and Laos comprises valuable and accurate information of the countries and their inhabitants not previously published. Backer & Sommervogel V, 583. Cordier BI 1046. Cordier BJ 377. Löwendahl 1493.
Three beautiful hand-coloured lithographed prints of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat. Phnom Penh

Three beautiful hand-coloured lithographed prints of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat. Phnom Penh, L. Jammes, about 1889.

CAMBODIAN TEMPLE SITES]. JAMMES, LUDOVIC (Artist): The lithographs, each 33 x 44.5 cm, are printed and hand-coloured on paper, with descriptive parallel text in Thai and Khmer. Paper is brittle, somewhat browned, a few small marginal tears to one print, and one small marginal repair to another print, otherwise in very good condition.These beautiful prints depict the temple sites of Bayon and Phimeanakas in Angkor Thom and the temple complex at Angkor Wat. The views are drawn and lithographed by the French teacher and amateur archaeologist Ludovic Jammes. He arrived in Cambodia around 1883, became director at the École Royale in Phnom-Penh by 1887, but resigned and turned to business. He visited the prehistoric archaeological sites of Samrong Sen in the Kampong Chhnang Province of Cambodia where he collected many bronze and clay artefacts. The relics were exhibited at the Congrès international d'anthropologie et d'archéologie préhistorique at Paris in 1889. Later he sold a considerable part of the collection to various museums in Europe and the States.Angkor Thom ("Great City"), established in the late 12th century by King Jayavarman VII, became the last and most enduring city of the Khmer empire. Phimeanakas (Celestial temple) is a Hindu temple in the Khleang style, built at the end of the 10th century, located inside the Royal Palace of Angkor Thom. It has the shape of a three-tiered pyramid with a tower on top, originally crowned with a golden pinnacle. The richly decorated temple of Bayon was constructed as the state Buddhist temple at the turn of the 12/13th centuries and stands at the centre of the capital Angkor Thom. After the king's death it was reshaped and enlarged by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings. Angkor Wat ("City of Temples") is the largest religious monument in the world. Originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the God Vishnu for the Khmer empire during the reign of King Suryavarman in the early 12th century. It was gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple. The Angkor temple sites were largely neglected for centuries but never completely abandoned. In the mid-19th century they were rediscovered by the French explorer Henri Mouhot. In 1898 the French decided to commit substantial funds to Angkor's preservation. In these rare lithographs Jammes has recreated the magnificent shrines in their original form. The environments are very vibrant with worshippers, parades and elephants. The prints represent the earliest known lithographs to be produced in Phnom-Penh. We have located the first print at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston and the Musée d'ethnographie de Genève. We have not found the other two prints anywhere.The first government printing press was established at Phnom-Penh around 1886 when Cambodia was a French protectorate. The first recorded private press dates only from 1910. The prints are titled: Vue restaurée de la Pyramide de Pimenacas (Ang-Kor Thom). Ruines d'Ang-Kor (Cambodge). no. 17; Vue restaurée du Temple d'Ang-Kor Wat (Cambodge). no. 18 and; Vue restaurée du Temple de Baion. Ruines d'Angkor Thom (Cambodge). no. 24.