14 December 2000
LA PEYRÈRE, Isaac de (1594-1676). Relation du Groenland. Paris: Augustin Courbe, 1647.
8o (175 x 112 mm). Vignette on title-page, engraved folding map and folding plate. (Creased at folds, a8 with two small losses at lower sheet edge, some occasional faint spotting and browning, some pencil underlinings.) Contemporary French mottled calf, the spine gilt, speckled edges (worn). Provenance: H. Schmück (contemporary ownership signature on title-page and annotation on verso of front free endpaper).
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST WORK TO DEAL EXTENSIVELY WITH GREENLAND. In addition to describing the geography, population, history and commerce of Greenland, La Peyrère gives an account of Munk's voyage to find a Northwest Passage for the Danish East India Company. That expedition, which turned back after reaching the west shore of Hudson's Bay, brought back much information of the area and aroused interest in Europe. Field 857 ("considered among the bibliographical rarities"); JCB III 89; Sabin 38970.
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