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EXTRAORDINARY UNPUBLISHED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Unpublished autograph manuscript by the French nobleman and traveler Louis de Chancel de Lagrange (1678-1747) documenting his extraordinary world travels between 1692 and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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NO COPIES IN AMERICA: CORRECTING FOR ANGLE OF YAW


MICHELI, Lorenzo. Nuova invenzione di una macchina marittima per trovar l'angolo di deriva. . Bologna, S. Tommaso d'Aquino, 1776.

Extremely rare first edition of an instruction manual for a new nautical instrument that determines “l’angolo di deriva,” i.e. a ship’s drift angle (a result of yaw).
$2,200


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WITH ST BRENDAN CELEBRATING MASS
ON THE BACK OF A WHALE


PLAUTIUS, Caspar. Nova Typis Transacta Navigatio. Novi Orbis Indiae Occidentalis…authore Honorio Philopono. [Linz], 1621.

Scarce first edition and an attractive copy, bound in what must be a presentation binding with the image of Saint Benedict stamped on the front cover and the arms of the author stamped on the back cover. The work is one of the more fanciful illustrated chronicles devoted to the New World published in the early decades of the 17th century, by the Benedictine Plautius, and a curious addition to the developing mythology of America in 17th century Europe.
$28,500


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FIRST FRENCH MARCO POLO


POLO, Marco. La Description Geographique des provinces & villes plus fameuses de l’Inde Orientale. Paris, Jehan Longis, 1556.

Rare first French edition of the work considered “the first to give anything approaching a correct and detailed account of China and the Far East” (PMM), and perhaps the most influential travel book of all time.
$95,000


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SACCANO, Metello. Relation des Progrez de la Foy au Royaume de la Cochinchine és années 1646. & 1647. Envoiée au R.P. Général de la Compagnie de Jésus. Paris, 1653.

Rare first and only edition of two Jesuit letters from the province of Cochin-China, written in the years immediately following the expulsion of the Jesuit’s most powerful Southeast Asian operative, Alexander de Rhodes.
$6,500


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