Curiositez de la nature et de l'art, aportées dans deux Voyages des Indes; l'un aux Indes d'Occident en 1698. & 1699. & l'autre aux Indes d'Orient en 1701. & 1702. Avec une relation abregée de ces deux Voyages.
Scarce travelogue of the Indies

Curiositez de la nature et de l'art, aportées dans deux Voyages des Indes; l'un aux Indes d'Occident en 1698. & 1699. & l'autre aux Indes d'Orient en 1701. & 1702. Avec une relation abregée de ces deux Voyages.

A Paris: Chez Jean Moreau, ruë S. Jacques, ʹa la Toison d'Or, vis-ʹa-vis S. Yves, M. D. CCIII. [1703]. First edition. In contemporary calf. Panels with gilt frames. Spine with five raised bands, the compartment richly gilt with floral motives, and titled. Marbled edges, and endpapers. A copy of the variant with no author’s name on title page. Ownership stamp on title page “Bibliothéque d’Eugène de Froberville”. 12mo, signatures: ã8, ẽ4, ĩ4, A–2A8/4 (ã1 verso, 2A4 blank); [6], xxiii, [3], [1]–282, [6] p. and [8] engraved plates (one folded). [Signature L bound into twice.]. Occasional light brown spots, otherwise clean. Overall in very good condition.

Scarce late 17th-century travelogue of the West and East Indies.

Claude Biron’s scarce and interesting travel narrative and collection of curiosities. A rich collection of information about the natural history of the Indies gathered personally on his two voyages. In the West Indies, he visited Cayenne, Martinique, and Guadeloupe. Illustrated with seven engraved plates of plants and animals, as well as a folded portrait of Confucius.

Provenance: The French ethnographer, explorer and geographer Eugène de Froberville’s (1790–1871) ownership stamp on title page.

Sabin 5582.

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Price: €4,000.00