9 December 2009
ACUÑA, Christoval (1597-ca 1676). Voyages and Discoveries in South America. The First up the River of Amazons... by Christopher D'Acugna. The Second up the River of Plata... By Mons. Acarete. The Third from Cayenne into Guiana... by M. Grillet and Bechamel. London: Printed for S. Buckley, 1698.
3 parts in one, 8o (189 x 114 mm). Three titles, 2 engraved folding maps. (Marginal worming affecting some letters.) Contemporary calf (covers detached). Provenance: Christ Church Oxford ("christi in academia oxoniensi" bookplate).
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of the narratives of the first Europeans to traverse these regions. Part I of this collected work is "Voyages and Discoveries...up the River of Amazon to Quito in Peru, and back again to Brazil by Acuna;" Part II is "An Account of a Voyage up the River de la Plata, and thence over Land to Peru" by Acarete du Biscay; Part III is "A Journal of the Travels of John Grillet and Francis Bechamel into Guiana, in the Year 1674." Parts II and III have separate title-pages. "The work of Acuna, bishop of Caracas, tells of the Spanish expedition under Pedro Teixeira which left Quito in 1639 and descended the whole course of the Amazon to Pará ...This work gave for the first time scientific observations on the upper Amazon and descriptions of its Indian inhabitants" (Hill). The map by Sanson d'Abbeville is entitled "The Course of the river of Amazons" the other map depicts the "Provinces of Paraguay and Tucuman with the River Plate." Borba de Moraes I:12 ("It is a rare book"); Hill 1788; Palau 2487; Sabin 152; Wing V-746.
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