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Pierre Francois Xavier de Charlevoix (1682-1761)
Pierre Francois Xavier de Charlevoix (1682-1761)
Pierre Francois Xavier de Charlevoix (1682-1761)
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Pierre Francois Xavier de Charlevoix (1682-1761)

HISTOIRE DE L'ISLE ESPAGNOLE OU DE S. DOMINGUE. 1730-1731

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Pierre Francois Xavier de Charlevoix (1682-1761)
Histoire de l'isle Espagnole ou de S. Domingue. 1730-1731
CHARLEVOIX, Pierre Francois Xavier de (1682-1761). Histoire de l'isle Espagnole ou de S. Domingue. Paris: Francois Barois, 1730-1731

First edition of this history of Hispaniola, now the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The author was a great traveller, a Jesuit and an expert on the French colonisation of the area. The maps are detailed, including one showing Central America, West Indies, Florida and the southern portion of America. The book covers the history of Hispaniola from its discovery until 1724, and contains much information on the exploration of the Antilles and the continent, on the Indian revolts and the arrival of the Dominicans, as well as on pirates and buccaneers. This book appeared under the imprint of at least three printers, with no known priority. Alden & Landis 730/45; Palau 67166; Sabin 12127.

2 volumes, quarto (250 x 190mm). Woodcut device on titles, 18 engraved maps and plans, of which 11 folding, errata at end of both vols, privilege leaf at end of vol. 2 (very small marginal tear to leaf b1 due to paper flaw and minor marginal chip to Bb2 in vol. 2, occasional very minor and insignificant spotting). Contemporary calf, gilt spines, each with two red morocco gilt lettering-pieces, marbled endpapers, red edges (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: Kleinheubach Hofbibliothek (stamps in margins of dedication in vol. 1 and on title of vol. 2) – evidence of bookplates removed.
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