LOT 1428

Nieuwe reizen naar de Franse Eilanden van America,

Behelzende de natuurlyke historie van die landen, derzelfder oorspronk, zeden, godsdienst, regering der oude en tegenwoordige inwoonders, als ook die der zwarte slaaven (...) als ook een nauwkeurige verhandeling van het maken der suiker, indigo, cochenille, cacao, en andere nuttigheden, tot den koophandel dienende. P. Labat [trans.] W.C. Dyks [4 vols. in two bindings] Amsterdam, Balthasar Lakeman, 1725. 4to, 4 vols. in two bindings, new uniform binding using original materials and new endpapers, title on spine in brown and gilt stamping, 2 illus. frontispieces, 4 titles in red and black, 350, 404 and 235, 254, 200, 167 pp. + index. Complete with 11 mostly folding maps and plans and 83 full-page copperplate images.

First Dutch edition of Labat's detailed journal in which he describes his voyages to the Caribbean islands. The journal is packed with historical observations and contains important sociological, geographical, zoological, anthropological and gastronomical notes and an extensive discourse on the cultivation of cocoa and the production of chocolate. The maps depict parts of North and South America with the Caribbean islands, Martinique, Barbados, Santa Domingo etc. (total 2)

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