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    Sale 2272

    Fine Books & Manuscripts including Americana

    24 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 58

    CHAMPLAIN, Samuel de (1567-1635). Les Voyages du Sieur de Champlain Xaintongeois, Capitaine ordinaire pour le Roy, en la marine. Divisez en deux livres. Ou, Journal tres-fidele des observations faites és descouvertures de la Nouvelle France. Paris: Jean Berjon, 1613.

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    CHAMPLAIN, Samuel de (1567-1635). Les Voyages du Sieur de Champlain Xaintongeois, Capitaine ordinaire pour le Roy, en la marine. Divisez en deux livres. Ou, Journal tres-fidele des observations faites és descouvertures de la Nouvelle France. Paris: Jean Berjon, 1613.

    Two parts in one, 4o (219 x 163 mm). 7 folding maps, 3 folding plates, 13 copper engravings in the text, one woodcut diagram, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials (large folding "Carte Geographique de la Nouvelle Franse" in facsimile, some of the images cropped along foremargins). Early 20th-century red morocco gilt, edges gilt, by Trigardon. Provenance: Ogden Goelet (his sale 3 January 1935, lot 50, John E. Scopes agent for); John W. Whiteley (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION OF THE SECOND PUBLISHED ACCOUNT OF CHAMPLAIN'S VOYAGES, containing the relations of four voyages to America made between 1604 and 1613. "The volume deals very fully with the natural history of the country, its soil and products, and is especially minute in its description of the manners, customs, and habits of the Indians. In this edition the text is much fuller than in that of 1632..." (Church). The large folding map is lacking in most copies found on the market, and the book is VERY SCARCE: according to American Book Prices Current, only two complete copies and three incomplete copies have sold at auction in the last thirty years. Church 360; Sabin 11835; Lande 116; Alden 613/30; JCB (3) II: 93; Streeter sale VI, 3630. A fine copy of a book rarely found complete.


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