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

    5 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 449

    GEMELLI-CARERI, Giovanni Francisco (1651-1725). Voyage du tour du Monde. Paris: Etienne Ganeau, 1719.

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    GEMELLI-CARERI, Giovanni Francisco (1651-1725). Voyage du tour du Monde. Paris: Etienne Ganeau, 1719.

    6 volumes, 8° (151 x 88 mm). Half-titles, titles printed in red and black. Engraved emblematic frontispiece, engraved portrait of the author, and 59 engraved plates, including 7 folding. (A few folding plates with short tears, some affecting the image and a few repaired, folding plate in vol.VI disbound, H5 with short tear repaired touching letters vol.V, P9-10 with short marginal tears touching letters vol.VI.) Contemporary red morocco gilt, sides decorated with a triple fillet border, large central coat-of-arms of Marie Joséphine Louise of Savoy (Olivier 2549, fer 2), spines in 6 compartments with 5 raised bands, green morocco gilt-lettered labels in 2, the rest filled with fleurs-de-lys, leaves, and a central floral tool. Provenance: Marie Joséphine Louise of Savoy (1753-1810) wife of the future King Louis XVIII (arms on sides).

    FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH of a work first published in Italian in Naples in 1699-1700. Careri left Italy in 1693 and travelled through Turkey, Persia and India, continuing on to Macao Beijing (arriving in November 1695). Careri returned to Macao via Canton, then sailed for the Philippines in April 1696. After some time in Manila he left for Mexico in 1697 and then onwards, reaching Naples in December 1698. His account of his travels was evidently very popular and went through a number of editions in various languages. Alden & Landis 719/67; Sabin 10821 (calling the title: “Voyage autour du Monde”).

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