Rare first edition in second issue, beautifully illustrated. In this work we find important documents on the government system, on geography, geology, botany, zoology and religion not only of China but also of other Asian countries. Many of the documents in this volume had never appeared before in print: as the text of the Nestor inscription of discovered in China in 781 and the description of the Roth's Hindu religion . Particularly important is the impressive iconographic apparatus that includes images of plants and animals, topography, clothes and costumes, architectures and numerous alphabets in different oriental languages. The two big plates, one from China, the other one from the total Asia, are surprisingly sophisticated and particularly accurate compared to the maps of Europe and the Far East of the time. Cordier, B, 26; Sommervogel IV, 1063; Streit V, 2335; Merrill n. 20, describes only the ediz. pirate of the Meurs of the same year; Quaritch 1996, n. 109; (The CH). Cordier, BS 26; Merrill 20 (Antwerpen 1667); de Backer-S. IV, 1064, 24; Lipperheide Le 3; Löwendahl 133.