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Museum Asianum.

HULBERT (Charles).

HULBERT (Charles).

Museum Asianum; or, Select Antiquities, Curiosities, Beauties, and Varieties of Nature and Art, in the Eastern World; Compiled from Eminent Authorities, Methodically Arranged, Interspersed with Original Hints, Observations, &c.

Engraved frontispiece map, additional engraved title and two plates.

First Edition. 12mo. [162 x 97 x 27 mm]. vi, 7-396 pp. Bound in the original purple-brown cloth (spine a little faded, slightly marked).
Shrewsbury: printed and published by C. Hulbert, 1822.

Tear to front free endleaf and a little browning, but a good copy. It is an early example of a cloth binding.

Published as the first volume of Hulbert's four part Select Museum of the World. Advertisements in the later volumes stated that each volume was "complete in itself" and "may be had separately". The second volume dealt with Africa and the others with America and Europe. Hulbert does not dwell only on the antiquities of the East - there are detailed descriptions of the new territories and settlements, including Sydney (pp.115-121). There is also a chapter on Mountains, with the highest peak in the Himalayas being calculated at 26,462 feet.

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