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Journal d'un voyage sur les costes d'Afrique et aux Indes d'Espagne; avec une description particuliere de la riviere de la Plata, de Buenosayres, & autres lieux; commencé en 1702 & fini en 1706.Amsterdam, "Aux dépens de la Compagnie", 1730. 12mo. With an extra-added engraved plate serving as a frontispiece. Without the map that appears in a few copies of the 1723 issue and very rarely in the present issue. 18th-century sprinkled calf, gold-tooled spine.
- Borba de Moraes I, p. 430 ("excellent book on the subject'"); JCB 453; Sabin 36685 note; cf. STCN (1 copy of the other Amsterdam 1730 issue). Reissue with a new title-page of the 1723 "Amsterdam" edition (perhaps also the same as the first edition printed in Rouen in 1723) of an interesting anonymous report of a slaving voyage, written by a Frenchman who sailed from France to Africa and Buenos Aires aboard a slave ship belonging to the ''Asiento" Company, which was entitled to transport slaves to South America by treaty with Spain. It is sometimes attributed to the French theologian and physician Pierre Le Lorrain de Vallemont (1649-1721). It gives a detailed account of the slaves, describing the way they looked and dressed, and gives an elaborate report on the slave trade in Africa, Brazil (the author visited Rio de Janeiro and Bahia) and Buenos Aires. The whole voyage is described very minutely, the author reporting his observations every day.The ship left on 14 July 1702, and arrived on 5 September in Africa, where they stayed for 5 days, before sailing further to Loango, where the slaves were traded. On 20 August, they arrived at Buenos Aires. On 30 October 1705, the author started his voyage back to France, where he arrived in March 1706. With contemporary manuscript inscription. In good condition. The chemicals used by the binding finisher have slightly damaged the surface of the leather, but the binding remains structurally good. A fascinating account of the voyage of a slave ship and the slaves in it.
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