Apr 09, 2015 - Sale 2379

Sale 2379 - Lot 322

Price Realized: $ 358
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PSALMANAZAR, GEORGE. An Historical and Geographical Description of Formosa. 15 engraved plates; folding map; folding engraved table of the "Formosan Alphabet." [56], 288, [8] pages. 8vo, 190x115 mm, contemporary panelled calf gilt, spine ends chipped, front cover detached, rear joint cracked, cords intact; contents toned or browned with scattered marginal foxing, outer margin of plate 4 frayed with slight image loss. Osterley Park bookplate of the Earl of Jersey. London: Mat. Wotton et al., 1705

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Second edition of a famous literary hoax purporting to be a factual account of the history, customs, and language of an exotic country the author had never visited. Hill 1398 (1704 original edition); Lust 237 (this edition).