16 December 2004
LAET, Johannes de (1593-1649). L'Histoire du nouveau monde ou description des Indes Occidentales. Leiden: Elzevir, 1640.
2o (343 x 222 mm). Title printed in red and black, 14 double-page engraved maps, numerous woodcut illustrations in text (some browning and pale dampstaining throughout). Contemporary calf gilt (old repairs at ends of spine, front joint weak, a bit rubbed). Provenance: "Pour un Louis d'Or" (inscription on flyleaf); "Lundorph" (inscription on flyleaf); A. Tulkens (booklabel).
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 & Landis 640/111; Borba de Moraes I:451; Johnston Cleveland 196; Sabin 38558; Williams 497.
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