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Caribbean] [Slavery] Histoire Naturelle et Morale des Iles Antilles de l?Amerique. Enrichie d?un grand nobre de belles Figures en taille douce, des Places & des Raretez les plus considerables, qui y sont decrites. / Avec un Vocabulaire Caraibe. / Seconde Edition. / Reveue & augmentee de plusieurs Descriptions, & de quelques eclaircissemens, qu?on desiroit en la precedente
Chez Arnout Leers M. DC. LXV [1665], A Roterdam - 4to: [34],583,[13]pp,with extra engraved title, three folding plates, and 46 plates of various sizes included in the text, displaying the settlements and natural history of the Antilles and the Caribbean. Bound in late 18th or early 19th century paper-covered boards, spine and corners green, boards pink, red morocco lettering piece gilt?a remarkably elegant presentation. An excellent copy, generally clean pages, clear print and ample margins throughout; mildly and uniformly toned, hint of damp-staining at top edge of first few gatherings; all plates in excellent impressions (blank outer margin of engraved title trimmed to plate mark without affecting engraving); very pretty (and sturdy) early binding. Sabin 72316. Nissen ZBI 3448. Landis, European Americana 665/173. Brunet III, 206. Augmented, revised, and enlarged Second Edition (first published, in French, in 1658) of one of the most significant seventeenth century sources on the natural history and ethnography of the West Indies, their peoples, trade, flora and fauna, with digressions on the Eskimo and Indian nations, early European settlements of Florida, Georgia, the Appalachians, and Greenland, and, importantly, the African slave trade, the sugar trade, and sugar plantations. The first parts relates principally to the natural history of the islands, and the second to the manners, custom, religion and arts of their peoples. A vocabulary of the Carib language rounds out the content. "Much of the material may have been collected by De Poincy, but the principal or rather sole compiler of the work appears to have been Charles de Rochefort, pastor of the French Protestant church at Rotterdam, who had resided several years in the West Indies. His name and profession are given in full only on the title of the Dutch translation published at Rotterdam in 1662. . . . Notwithstanding, . . . the work is an important and valuable contribution to our knowledge of the Antilles and their inhabitants." (Sabin). N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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