3 December 2007
FRÉZIER, Amadée François (1682-1773). A Voyage to the South-Sea, and along the Coasts of Chili and Peru in the Years 1712, 1713, and 1714. London: Jonah Bowyer, 1717.
4o (240 x 183 mm). Title-page printed in red and black. 37 engraved maps and views (18 folding), head- and tail-pieces, and initials (title-page offset onto frontispiece, one or two spots). (Some heavy spotting.) Contemporary calf (rebacked, covers detached); modern cloth folding box. Provenance: E.S.S. (contemporary inscription); Alberto Parrenño (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, and preferable to the French original "because it contains Halley's.... postscript, which corrects certain geographical errors made by Frézier" (Hill). "The first part of this book gives an interesting account of the voyage from France around Cape Horn... The second part relates to the voyage along the coasts of Chile and Peru, describing the chief towns and cities. Frézier, a man of observation, brought back information of considerable geographical and scientific value. Much data is included about the native inhabitants... Frézier introduced to France, from Chile, the ancestor of the modern strawberry" (Hill). Alden and Landis 717/66; Borba de Moraes I:329; Hill p.115; Sabin 25926; Spence 482.
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