• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2158

    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 282

    FRÉZIER, Amédée François (1682-1773). A Voyage to the South-Sea, and along the Coasts of Chili and Peru in the Years 1712, 1713, and 1714. London: Jonah Bowyer, 1717.

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    FRÉZIER, Amédée François (1682-1773). A Voyage to the South-Sea, and along the Coasts of Chili and Peru in the Years 1712, 1713, and 1714. London: Jonah Bowyer, 1717.

    4o (240 x 188 mm). Title printed in red and black. 37 engraved maps and views (18 folding) (some occasional minor offsetting and staining). Contemporary calf (rebacked). Provenance: J. Menzies (early name on front pastedown); Eastern District (old ink stamp on title).

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, and preferable to the French original "because it contains Halley's.... postscript, which corrects certain geographical errors made by Frézier" (Hill). "The first part of this book gives an interesting account of the voyage from France around Cape Horn... The second part relates to the voyage along the coasts of Chile and Peru, describing the chief towns and cities. Frézier, a man of observation, brought back information of considerable geographical and scientific value. Much data is included about the native inhabitants... Frézier introduced to France, from Chile, the ancestor of the modern strawberry" (Hill). Alden & Landis 717/66; Borba de Moraes I:329; Hill 654; Nissen ZBI 1433; Sabin 25926; Spence 482.


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