The Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493, a global geographical overview, provides an early benchmark for comparison

The "Cosmographia" (1544) of Sebastian Münster (1488-1552) was another extremely influential precursor
Theodore De Bry's "India Orientalis" (c.1599) provided some remarkable engravings of scenes on the Malabar Coast, and in Ceylon and Indonesia

In 1667, the Dutch Jesuit priest Cornelius Hazart published a "Religious History of the Whole World"

Some of the "curiosities and wonders" of east and west compiled by Simon de Vries, Utrecht, 1682
Alain Manesson Mallet then produced his extremely popular "Description de l'Univers" (Paris, 1683), which was reprinted many times in several European languages
In 1693, Johannes Nieuhof published his "Voyages and travels into Brasil, and the East Indies," with many views of the Malabar Coast
Cornelis de Bruyn, a Dutch artist, depicted some of the places he had visited during his travels in the Levant and beyond (c.1699)

The peoples of the world as they were envisioned in Paris in 1705, according to "La Geographie Universelle," by La Croix

During the early 1700's (1706-), Pieter van der Aa published populst travel narratives and books about world cultures that were full of remarkably lively engravings
Bernard Picart's nine-volume "Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World" (1722, 1728) became widely influential throughout Europe;

In 1724-26, the Dutch missionary Francois Valentijn published a record of his travels in the East Indies
Johann Jakob Scheuchzer in his "Physica Sacra" (1733) depicted everything-- ivory-hunts and whaling, animals and plants, idol-making and Armageddon
Thomas Salmon claimed to cover "Modern History: or, the Present State of all Nations" (London, 1739)
"Histoire générale des Voyages (Paris, 1746-1759; 15 volumes) by l'Abbé Antoine François Prévost, contained many maps and views by *Jacques-Nicolas Bellin*

The beautiful four-volume "Collection of the Dresses of Different Nations" (London: 1757-72) by Thomas Jefferys has influenced theatrical costume design ever since
The peoples of the world, according to "A New Geographical Dictionary" by J. Coote, London, 1760
"A New Universal Collection of Voyages and Travels, from the Earliest Accounts to the present time...", by Edward Cavendish Drake, London, 1771
William Hurd (Amsterdam, 1781) undertook to describe all the world's religions
A tremendous 14-volume set of early European travel narratives was compiled and published by Robert Kerr (1755-1813)

The botanist and explorer Pierre Sonnerat depicted not only plants, but also aspects of Hindu religious life (Paris, 1782)
In his "Costumes Civils" (Paris, 1789) Sylvain Maréchal depicted styles of dress around the world

A similar collection was that of Teodoro Viero, published from Venice, in 1790

In 1843, the French geographer Thunot Duvotenay published an atlas full of Indian religious mythology, historical figures, and architectural views
And in the same year Ernest Breton published his lively architectural overview "Monuments du tous les peuples" (Paris, 1843), full of small vignettes
The well-known publisher A. Fullarton of Edinburgh released in 1850 a "Gazetteer of the World" in which a somewhat misty India loomed very large

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