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A PROSPECTUS FOR THE ‘CHESAPEAKE LINE COMPANY’ ENCOURAGING IMMIGRATION THROUGH VIRGINIA VIA STEAMSHIP WITH 3 HAND-COLORED MAPS


[[CHESAPEAKE LINE COMPANY]. ] Compagnie Franco-Américaine des navires a vapeur de la Chesapeake par Lorient-Norfolk. Chesapeak Line Company. . Paris, [c. 1854].

$3,350


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THE FIRST ETHNOLOGICAL TREATMENT OF THE INDIAN WORLD


ACOSTA, Joseph. The Naturall and Morall Historie of the East and West Indies. Written in Spanish… and translated into English by E.G. London, Val Sims for Edward Blount and William Aspley, 1604.

First English edition of this eyewitness anthropological account of the Americas, chiefly Inca Peru and Aztec Mesoamerica, by the Jeusit father José de Acosta, “a more thoughtful and a more thorough account of the Indian world than anything then available” (Pagden).
$18,500


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LANDMARK OF WORLD TRAVEL LITERATURE
IN 17TH CENTURY RED MOROCCO
WITH THE ARMS OF COMTE D’HOYME


Champlain Samuel de. Les Voyages de la Nouvelle France occidentale, dicte Canada…depuis l’an 1603 iusques en l’an 1629. . Paris, Pierre Le Mur, 1632.

First collected edition of this landmark of discovery Americana, augmented with new material and, above all, the first appearance of Champlain’s seminal two-sheet map of the Great Lakes. This copy comes in the rare first issue of both text and map, in a splendid contemporary red morocco binding with the arms of Comte D’Hoyme stamped in gold.
$550,000


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DE BRY’S FLORIDA
“AN INDISPENSABLE FLORIDA ITEM” (Streeter)
ONE OF THE GREAT PICTURE BOOKS
OF 16TH-CENTURY NORTH AMERICAN LIFE


DE BRY, Theodor. Brevis narratio eorum quae in Florida Americae provinciae Gallis acciderunt, secunda in illam Navigatione, duce Renato de Laudonniere classis Praefecto: Anno M D LXIIII. Quae est secunda pars Americae. Frankfurt am Main, Typis Joannis Wecheli, 1591.

Rare first edition of Theodor de Bry’s (1528-98) great illustrated work on ‘Florida’, in a copy fit for one of the consummate collectors of 16th-century illustrated books, the Prince of Essling (1836-1959): its 42 copper engravings representing the earliest European encounter with native North American culture are in this copy remarkably fine strikes. Famously describing a region then extending across much of the southeast of the present-day United States, the work represents the first printing of the narrative of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues (c. 1533-88), which Lawrence Wroth has characterized as “the most informative and satisfactory of all books on the Huguenot colony in Florida [the first attempt by a European nation to found a colony north of the Rio Grande]. The large map, the first to show the French colony, and the fascinating plates of Florida scenes and life engraved by De Bry after Le Moyne’s drawings, make this an indispensable Florida item” (Streeter, 1172).
$48,000


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EXTRAORDINARY UNPUBLISHED
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT
THE WORLD TRAVELS
OF LOUIS DE CHANCEL DE LAGRANGE
INCLUDING THE FIRST OFFICIAL FRENCH VOYAGE
TO CHINA (1698)


LAGRANGE, Louis de Chancel de. Le premier volume des voyages curieux faits dans diverses provinces, de France, dEspagne, de Flandres et de Loraine lespace de cinquante ans par mess.re Louis de Chancel de Lagrange ... escrit de sa propre main. [France], s.n., [1743].

Unpublished autograph manuscript by the French nobleman and traveler Louis de Chancel de Lagrange (1678-1747) documenting his extraordinary world travels between 1692 and 1704. Lagrange provides an eyewitness account of the groundbreaking 1698-1700 trading expedition to Canton made by the frigate L’Amphitrite, considered the “the first voyage of the French to China” (Lach and Van Kley), as well as first-hand information concerning Louis XIV’s military campaigns during the Nine Years’ War (1688-1697), including accounts of the Siege of Namur (1692) and the Raid on Cartagena (1697). Over the nearly 400 closely written pages of his manuscript, Lagrange also provides insider knowledge on current politics, court intrigue, and the like, all the while carefully describing the architecture, natural setting, and inhabitants of the some 200 towns and cities he visited in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia.
$60,000


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