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The French Take Notice of Indochina


RHODES, Alexandre de. Relation des progrez de la foy au royaume de la cochinchine vers les derniers quartiers du levant. Paris, Sebastien et Gabriel Cramoisy, 1652.

First French edition of this first-hand account of 17th-century Vietnam (first Italian ed. 1650), which played an important role in fostering French interest in the region.
$10,500


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The First Historian of the Xarifes Dynastic Politics in 16th-Century Morocco


TORRES, Diego de. Relation de l'origine et succez des Cherifs et de l'Estat des Royaumes de Maroc, Fez, et Tarudant. Paris, Jean Camusat, 1636.

Rare first French edition (original Spanish 1585) of Diego de Torres history of north Africa, a detailed account of the on-going conflict between the Xarifes (the Saadian dynasty), the king of Fez, and the Turks, augmented with his own first-hand observations.
$4,850


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