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Imaginary voyage around the world, nicely bound copy from the Huth library

DRALSÉ DE GRANDPIERRE.
Relation de divers voyages faits dans l'Afrique, dans l'Amérique, & aux Indes Occidentales. La description du Royaume de Juda, & quelques particularitez touchant la vie du roy reignant. La relation d'une isle nouvellement habitée dans le détroit de Malaca en Asie, & l'histoire de deux princes de Golconde.
Paris, Claude Jombert, 1718. 12mo. With some woodcut head- and tailpieces. Contemporary gold-tooled polished calf, spine richly decorated with floral ornaments in compartments and with dark brown morocco labels lettered in gold, triple filets on boards, gold-tooled turn-ins, gilt edges. [12], 352 pp.
€ 9,500
First edition of Dralsé de Grandpierre's imaginary voyages to Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, the Western African lands of Guinea, Ouidah (Benin), Martinique, Indonesia and Ile de la Pierre Blanche. The first part of the account presents a description of the voyage to Buenos Aires and Argentina. The second part is dedicated to his imprisonment by the English, during which he came to visit certain parts of Africa. After his liberation, he travelled back to Martinique. When the author arrived in Martinique he joined a group of buccaneers that brought him back to France.
In the third part he describes his journey back to Africa, where he visited the Kingdom of Ouidah or Benin. After that, he returned to Mexico, a city that he describes as rich, lively and almost European. The fourth part is devoted to a newly inhabited island in the strait of Malacca and to Ile de la Pierre-Blanche. Dralsé de Grandpierre devotes large parts of his account to the religion, customs and trades of the inhabitants and describes in detail the cities and countries visited. Later editions appeared in 1726 and 1728 and a German translation in 1746.
From the renowned library of the English banker and bibliophile Henry Huth (1815-1878), with its bookplate on the front paste-down and a folding library description tipped in on the first free endpaper. In very good condition in a nice binding. Alden & Landis 718/48; Cioranescu 25362; Duviols, L'Amérique Espagnole vue et rêvée, p. 444; Gay, Bibl. de l'Afrique et de l'Arabie 222; Gove, p. 222; Huth Library, p. 446 (this copy); Huth sale cat. 2464; Sabin 20885 & 28273 (under Grand-Pierre).
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Related Subjects:

Africa  >  Central & West Africa
Americas  >  Brazil | Middle America & Carribean Islands | North America & Mexico | South America
Asia  >  Indonesia / Dutch East Indies
Cartography & exploration  >  Africa | Americas | Asia | Imaginary Voyages & Utopias