Fair highlight from Kagerou Bunko

 

`An Historical and Geographical Description of Formosa, an Island subject to the Emperor of Japan, Giving an Account of the Religion, Customs, Manners &c. of the Inhabitants. Together with a Relation of what happen'd to the Author in his Travels ...`
By George Psalmanaazaar
London: Printed for Dan Brown at the Black Swan, etc., 1704. [4 l.], xiv, [1 l. (errata)], 331 [not `131`], [5] p. 19.4 x 12.3 cm. First ed.

Eighteenth century blind-stamped calf boards, rebacked, five raised bands and title gilt in red compartment to spine. General wear, spine weak. Occasional marks and foxing to contents. Small hole to p.226-last page, slight tear to folding alphabet plate. Includes 16 plates (2 folding), erroneously numbered 1-8, 11, 9-10, 13-16 + 1 unnumbered pl. Illustrations show the inhabitants, currency, alphabet, and buildings of Formosa [Taiwan], as fabricated by Psalmanazar. First edition of the famous hoax on the customs, history, people and language of Taiwan by Frenchman Psalmanazar, who claimed to be the first native of Formosa to visit Europe. Unlikely though it may seem, Psalmanazar later became very good friends with Samuel Johnson. Includes an early example of a constructed language. Text in English. Extremely rare with 16 plates (two folding) intact.

US$ 8,050