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Journal itinéraire d'un voyage fait dans l'intérieur de la partie espagnole de l'Isle St Domingue
1765 - An unpublished account of an expedition throughout Santo Domingo, illustrated with manuscript maps, bound in contemporary red morocco. N.d. [c.1765]. S.l. [Santo Domingo or France]. 4to (203 x 160 mm). 4 [blank], 63 pp., 5 [blank]. Contemporary red morocco, boards with double gilt fillet and interlaced floral pattern, spine densely tooled, raised bands, lettered in gilt, excellent condition. Manuscript on paper, in a single and perfectly legible hand; very clean, the maps with fold tears without loss, else in excellent condition. 24,000 $ Unpublished manuscript account of Lescallier´s voyage throughout the Spanish part of Santo Domingo, bound possibly for presentation in contemporary red morocco, and illustrated with four folding manuscript maps of the Island. The illustration is comprised of 4 folding manuscript maps and plans –most with wash colour- all of remarkable quality and beauty: Croquis des passages à gué des principales rivières dans la route du Cap à Santo Domingo par Sentiago; Plan de la ville de Santo Domingo, relevé par Daniel Lescallier en l'année 1764; Petit Yaque dans la plaine de San Juan; Carte itinéraire des deux routes principales de la ville espagnole de Santo Domingo en l'Isle St Domingue. The book contains a complete description of the routes from Daxabon to Santo Domingo, capital of the Spanish part of the Island. The first route took him through Boca de Hamina, Santiago de los Caballeros, and other places, the second was further south: Banica, San Juan, Azua, Baini, Candelaria, Nisao and Jaina. His observations are comprehensive and detailed. Lescallier (1743-1822) was a French Officer of the marine, commissioned mostly to the West Indies; in 1764 he was posted in Santo Domingo for a two-year post under the orders of the Comte d'Estaing, later the Antilles, Demerary, Berbice and other places, always in the quality of French officer to colonies, allowing him access and geographical information. During the years of the Empire he is commissioned as Council of State in charge of the colonies, and later. In 1788 he begins studying vessels, concluding in an important study of the management and equipment of them. He authored several works about the French colonies in the West Indies, the Black population, and the Marine, including a treatise on vessels as well as the translation of The Mutiny of the Bounty –commanded by Bligh- into French, this is to be one of the most important naval scandals of the British Marine of the 18th century; he also wrote the “Exposé des Moyens de mettre en valeur et d’administrer La Guiane”, 1791; “Traite pratique du greement des vaisseaux et autres batimens de mer”, 1791, and “Voyage en Angleterre, en Russie et en Suede, fait en 1775”, 1800, printed by Didot. Lescallier also published an abridged edition of Stedman´s “Voyage a Surinam”, titled “Notions sur la culture des Terres basses dans la Guiane”, 1799 (cf. Sabin 91083). This is probably Lescallier´s rarest work, which has remained unpublished to-date, thus full of research potential. Of this account, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France only has a manuscript map titled “Carte itinéraire des deux routes principales du Cap Français à la ville Espagnole de Santo Domingo, relevée par Daniel Lescalier en 1764”, accompanied by a note "Communiqué par le Cen Lescallier en l'an 8" (Département des Cartes et Plans, SH Pf 150 Div 4 pièce 7 D). Provenance: M. Hurson, conseiller au Parlement and Mayor of Martinique, armorial bookplate on front pastedown. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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