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

    5 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 345

    GAGE, Thomas (ca 1603-1656). Nouvelle relation contenant les voyages… dans la Novelle Espagne. Translated from English into French by Adrien Baillet (1649-1706). Paris: Gerais Clouzier, 1676.

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    GAGE, Thomas (ca 1603-1656). Nouvelle relation contenant les voyages… dans la Novelle Espagne. Translated from English into French by Adrien Baillet (1649-1706). Paris: Gerais Clouzier, 1676.

    4 parts in two volumes, 8° (156 x 92 mm). Contemporary French calf, spines gilt (repairs to spines and corners).

    FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH, and the only French edition to contain the Poconichi vocabulary (pt. IV, pp.125-153), first published in English as The English-American his travail by sea and land in 1648. Thomas Gage lived and travelled in the West Indies, Central America and the west coast of North America from 1625 to 1637. Raised a Catholic, he converted to Protestantism on his return to Europe. The publication of this work "caused a remarkable sensation. His account of the wealth and defenseless condition of the Spanish possessions in South America excited the cupidity of the English, and it is said that Gage himself laid before Cromwell the first regular plan for mastering the Spanish territories in the New World... He was appointed chaplain to General Venables's expedition, which sailed under Venables and Penn for Hispaniola... The fleet failed at Hispaniola, but took Jamaica, where Gage died in 1656" (DNB). Alden & Landis 676/84; JCB (4) 20; Sabin 26303.


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