London, South Kensington
22 September 2004
RENNEFORT, Urbain Souchu de (c.1630-89). Histoire des Indes Orientales, Paris: Arnoul Seneuze and Daniel Hortemels, 1688. 4° (215 x 163mm). Dedication, 3 headpieces engraved by Vermeulen after Sevin. (Title neatly repaired at join, upper edge closely cropped touching platemark of headpieces, Hh2 with closed tear, occasional light spotting.) 20th-centry vellum gilt with letterpieces.
FIRST EDITION of Rennefort's work detailing French plans to colonise Madagascar. Containing the narrative of Rennefort's numerous voyages, it represents a very important source for the history of the first French settlements in the West Indies, providing information on the economy and trade in the region, and analyzing the culture of the country and its people. Borba de Moraes II, p. 819; Ciranescu III: 63486.
With Sylvester Hovey's Letters from the West Indies: relating especially to the Danish Island St. Croix, and to the British Islands Antigua, Barbadoes and Jamaica (New York, 1838). (2)
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