THÉVENOT, Melchisédec (1620-1692). Relations de divers voayges [sic] curieux, qui n'ont point este' publiees; ou qui ont este' traduites d'Hacluyt, de Purchas, & d'autres voyageurs anglois, hollandois, portugais, allemands, espagnols; et de quelques Persans, Arabes, et autres auteurs orientaux. Enrichies de figures de plantes non decrites, d'animaux inconnus a l'Europe. Paris: Andre Pralard, 1683.
4 parts in 2 volumes, 2° (356 x 226 mm). Titles printed in red and black. 35 engraved plates and maps, 24 folding, and woodcuts in text. (a2-3 supplied from another copy, occasional browning and pale spotting.) Contemporary calf, spines gilt (some repairs to extremities).
Reissue of Thévenot’s cornerstone work, first published in Paris, 1663-74. “'The importance of Thevenot's Collection needs no comment. When complete its scope is universal, as it includes accounts from nearly all parts of the world -- Japan, China, Philippines, Siam, Tartary, Mongolia, India, Egypt, Abyssinia, Persia, Arabia, Asia Minor, and Russia. Of American interest are the Voyage du Sieur Acarete à Buenos Aires, Voyage dans la rivière de la Plate, Histoire de l'empire mexicain. To Australia relates the Voyage de Bontehoe with a large map of Australia and the Expedition of Alvara de Mendano to the Solomon Islands … Thevenot was born about 1629, and as a young man travelled about Europe considerably, although he left no narratives of his journeys. He later settled down in Paris, and devoted himself to scientific studies. He made the acquaintance of all who had travelled in distant lands and published the accounts of their travels in the above Collection' (Cox I, p. 31, with quotations from Hiersemann and Maggs). Due to the irregularities of its composition and the lack of a definitive collation, this is sold not subject to return. Alden & Landis 683/212; Sabin 95333, 95334.