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Laet, Johannes de
L'HISTOIRE DU NOUVEAU MONDE OU DESCRIPTION DES INDES OCCIDENTALES. LEIDEN: BONAVENTURE & ABRAHAM ELZEVIER, 1640
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224
Laet, Johannes de
L'HISTOIRE DU NOUVEAU MONDE OU DESCRIPTION DES INDES OCCIDENTALES. LEIDEN: BONAVENTURE & ABRAHAM ELZEVIER, 1640
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 GBP
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Laet, Johannes de
L'HISTOIRE DU NOUVEAU MONDE OU DESCRIPTION DES INDES OCCIDENTALES. LEIDEN: BONAVENTURE & ABRAHAM ELZEVIER, 1640
FIRST FRENCH EDITION, folio (360 x 230mm.), title in red and black and with woodcut printer's device, 14 engraved double-page maps (uncut and slightly shorter), numerous woodcut illustrations in text, without the 2pp. dedication to Richelieu (as often), contemporary mottled calf, ram device to covers (likely British), [Sabin 38558; STCN 832875007], some spotting and dampstaining, rebacked and slightly worn
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Catalogue Note

First published in 1625, the author maintained the currency of subsequent editions by adding events as they occurred, making this the most complete edition. This edition records the sacking of Bahia, the conquest of Olinda, Itamaraca, Parahiba, and Rio Grande do Norte. There is also a contemporary marginal note in English (p. 259) disputing a claim made in the text on the capture of Truxillo in Honduras. The work was used as an atlas during the second half of the seventeenth century and is recognized for the accuracy of its maps because Laet had access to the latest geographic data as a director of the Dutch West India Company. Burden points out the new, more open style of engraving which was adopted by Blaeu and Jansson.

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