Auction 146, Lot 840

"Histoire Generale des Voyages, ou Nouvelle Collection de Toutes les Relations de Voyages ... Tome Second", Prevost, Anton Francois

Subject: Exploration and Surveys

Period: 1746 (published)

Publication:

Color: Black & White

Size:
8 x 10.3 inches
20.3 x 26.2 cm

This is a very nice example of volume fifteen of Prevost's history of voyages, with maps by Jacques Nicolas Bellin. This is the 1746 "Nouvelle Collection" published in Paris. The volume is divided into three sections and describes the British voyage to the East Indies as well as various expeditions to Africa and the surrounding islands including the Canary and Cape Verde Islands.

Included is a folding map entitled Carte du Cours des Rivieres de Faleme et Sanaga Dans le Pays de Bambuc et Tamba Awra, which is an interesting map of the important Bambuk gold mining region lying between the Senegal and Faleme Rivers with various kingdoms including the Royaume de Bambuc. Trade routes, villages and gold mines are all well delineated. Another map, Carte des Isles du Japon et la Presqu Isle de Coree, Avec les Costes de la Chine Depuis Pekin Jusqu'a Canton extends to Korea, a portion of the coast of China to Canton, the Ryukyu Islands and Taiwan (Formosa). It is based on the cartography of Kaempfer-Scheuzer.

654 pp. of text with 28 maps and 24 plates of illustrations. Please refer to the images for a full listing of the maps. Hardbound in full calf with gilt title and raised bands on spine.

References:

Condition: B

Maps are good to very good with light toning and occasional offsetting. Front cover is detached and both the spine and covers are chipped and worn. Library pastedown on front cover with library stamp on the first few pages. The list of maps is separated from the text block.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $450

Closed on 9/4/2013

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