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

    5 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 332

    LAET, Johannes de (1593-1649). L'Histoire du nouveau monde ou description des Indes Occidentales. Leiden: Elzevir, 1640.

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    LAET, Johannes de (1593-1649). L'Histoire du nouveau monde ou description des Indes Occidentales. Leiden: Elzevir, 1640.

    2° (336 x 211 mm). Title printed in red and black, 14 double-page engraved maps, numerous woodcut illustrations in text (some browning and pale spotting throughout). Without the two prelimary leaves comprising the dedication to Richelieu as usual. (Rustholes on Oo3 and Iiii1 affecting several letters, some occasional pale staining, heavier on Aaa2-3, some pale browning.) Modern calf antique, spine gilt.

    FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH. "After the publication of his work in 1625, Laet kept subsequent editions current by recording events as they occurred. Thus the most complete edition is this French translation of 1640... The maps published in this edition are the most accurate published up to that date. Several of these, such as the maps of North America, New England, and New Holland, were copied and reproduced by many contemporary authors. This edition of 1640 was used as an 'atlas' during the entire second part of the seventeenth century" (Borba de Moraes). Alden & Landis 640/111; Borba de Moraes I:451; Johnston Cleveland 196; Sabin 38558; Williams 497.


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