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    Important Botanical Books

    24 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 182

    [ROCHEFORT, Charles de (1605-1683)]. Histoire naturelle et morale des Iles Antilles de l'Amerique...Avec un vocabulaire Caraibe. Rotterdam: Arnould Leers, 1658.

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    [ROCHEFORT, Charles de (1605-1683)]. Histoire naturelle et morale des Iles Antilles de l'Amerique...Avec un vocabulaire Caraibe. Rotterdam: Arnould Leers, 1658.

    4o (234 x 166 mm). Additional engraved title-page, engraved portrait, and 43 engraved illustrations in the text, many full-page (engraved title tipped in between a4 and b1, some minor staining). (b1 with repaired tears along gutter slightly crossing text, N4 short, X4 remargined.) Contemporary calf (rebacked preserving original spine, repaired at corners). Provenance: signature on title-page; manuscript notation in red under plate on Aa2v.

    FIRST EDITION of this important work on the islands of the Caribbean and their natural history. Considered a Huguenot emigration guide to America, Rochefort also provides interesting details on Florida and Georgia, as well as contemporary information on the European settlements developing on the Caribbean islands, particularly the French and British sugar plantations. This issue is with the dedicatory epistle signed by "L.D.P.". Brunet III, 206; Sabin 72314.


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