2 vols., in 4to., contemporary full leather binding with gilt foliage ornamentation and gilt-lettered leather labeling to spine, bright red painted edges, endbands, pp. xiv, 463, 4; 514, 2. Lacking all plates, shelfwear to binding, otherwise a very bright copy of the first edition of Charles De Brosses’ influential 2-volume digest on travel and exploration in the pacific, particularly the southern seas of Polynesia and the islands surrounding Austral continent. One of the leading figures of the French Enlightenment and president of the parliament of Dijon, De Brosses (1709-1777) was a shareholder in the French India Company and a great advocate for exploration, commerce and knowledge rather than conquest. This book is known to have been of great use to James Cook, who would discover the island of Australia in 1770. Text in French.
DE BROSSES, Charles, Historie des Navigations aux Terres Australes. Contenant ce que l’on scait des moeurs & des productions des Contrees decouvertes jusqu’a ce jour; & ou il est traite de l’utilite d’y faire de plus amples decouvertes, & des moyens d’y former un esablissement [2 vols.]., Chez Durand, 1756
Mandeville, John, Tractato dele piu’ maraviliose cose e piu’ notabile che si trouino in le parte del mondo redutte e colte sotto brevita in lo presente compendio del strenuissimo caualiere Ioanne de Mandauilla anglico nato nela cipta de sancto Albano, Per Manfredo de Sustreno daca Bonis 1505
Biographies & Letters
MACLEAN, Charles., An Excursion in France, and Other Parts of the Continent of Europe; from the Cessation of Hostilities in 1801, to the 13th of December 1803. Including a narrative of the unprecedented detention of the English travellers in that country, as prisoners of war., [A. Strahan] for T. N. Longman and O. Rees, 1804