LOT 838

[Japan] C.P. Thunberg. Voyages au Japon,

Par le Cap de Bonne-Espérance, les îles de la Sonde, &c. Traduits, rédigés et augmentés de notes considérable, sur (...) ces différentes contrées, particulièrement sur le Javan et le Malai; par L. Langles (...). Et revue, quant à la partie d'histoire naturelle, par J.B. Lamarck (...). Paris, B. Dandré, Garnery and Obré, 1796. 4 vols. Engr. frontisp. portrait, headpiece depicting the Cape of Good Hope, and 28 (fold.) plates. Contemp. unif. gilt hcalf.

Some plates bound out of order, occas. foxed and sm. other internal imperfections, dam. to spine of the 1st vol. A good set. Cordier, Bibl. Japonica p.447; Chadenat 1763. Carl Peter Thunberg (1743-1828) was Swedish surgeon and botanist and a follower Linnaeus. He entered the Dutch East India Company (V.O.C.) as a surgeon on board the Schoonzicht. Thunberg sailed in 1775 for Batavia in Java and finally ended up at the Dutch trading post at Nagasaki, where he stayed on Deshima island. His freedom to move around and study was very limited and only in 1776 was he permitted to travel though Japan to Yedo together w. a Dutch delegation under Arend Willem Feith.

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