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    Ex Libris Jean R. Perrette: Important Travel, Exploration & Cartography

    5 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 306

    ACOSTA, Jose de. Histoire Naturelle et Moralle des Indes, tant Orientalles qu’Occidentalles. Paris: Marc Orry, 1598.

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    ACOSTA, Jose de. Histoire Naturelle et Moralle des Indes, tant Orientalles qu’Occidentalles. Paris: Marc Orry, 1598.

    8° (170 x 103 mm). Woodcut device on title-page, headpieces, and initials. (Repair on title-page and first leaf not affecting letters, a few pale stains.) Contemporary calf, spine gilt (rebacked preserving original spine, some light wear). Provenance: Ownership stamp removed from title-page and first leaf.

    FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH. Acosta was a Jesuit missionary and naturalist in Peru and Mexico; his Historia natural y moral de las Indias enlarged on his two earlier works and provided an encyclopedic analysis of the Amerindian world. Its popularity was immediate and immense, seeing the work translated into numerous languages. Alden & Landis 598/2; Sabin 125.


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