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First edition of a voyage to India

LA FLOTTE, M. de.
Essais historiques sur l'Inde, précédés d'un journal de voyages et d'une description géographique de la Côte de Coromandel.
Paris, Herissant, 1769. 12mo. With 3 full-page engraved plates. Contemporary calf, spine gilt.
€ 600
Rare first edition of an interesting description of a voyage to India and the coast of Coromandel. The plates represent Brama, the God of the Indians, the tower of a pagoda, and a man playing the flute to his dancing snakes. A new edition was published in 1774 (Paris, Coustard). M. de La Flotte, who went on board of the squadron of general Lally, was a witness of the 'destruction' of India under the reign of this general. De La Flotte most likely fulfilled the position of scribe on board. He was imprisoned by the English and later went on board of an English ship on its way to China. With the bookplate of H.H. Jonkers; binding slightly rubbed; library stamp on first flyleaf. Good copy of an interesting account on the Coromandel Coast.
Grimm & Diderot, Correspondance littéraire VI, p. 488; not in Brunet; Chadenat; Cox; Graesse.
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