9 June 2004
LAET, Johannes de (1593-1649). L'Histoire du nouveau monde ou description des Indes Occidentales. Leiden: Elzevir, 1640.
2o (360 x 231 mm). Title printed in red and black, 14 double-page engraved maps, numerous woodcut illustrations in text. (Lacks Hhhh2 and Hhhh3, some dampstaining, title with short internal tear, a few tears and chips to margins, light worming to inner margin at beginning one map torn along fold, tiny burn holes to Nnn1 affecting a few letters.) Contemporary vellum (light staining to covers).
FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH. "After the publication of his work in 1625, Laet kept subsequent editions current by recording events as they occurred. Thus the most complete edition is this French translation of 1640... The maps published in this edition are the most accurate published up to that date. Several of these, such as the maps of North America, New England, and New Holland, were copied and reproduced by many contemporary authors. This edition of 1640 was used as an 'atlas' during the entire second part of the seventeenth century" (Borba de Moraes). Alden and Landis 640/111; Borba de Moraes I:451; Johnston Cleveland 196; Sabin 38558; Williams 497. Sold not subject to return.
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