Nieuwe Reize na het Zuid-Land… door Jaques Sadeur. Gabriel de FOIGNY.
Nieuwe Reize na het Zuid-Land… door Jaques Sadeur.

Nieuwe Reize na het Zuid-Land… door Jaques Sadeur.
Nieuwe Reize na het Zuid-Land… door Jaques Sadeur.

Amsterdam: Willem de Coup, Willem Lamsvelt, Philip Verbeek, Jan Lamsvelt, 1701.

Small quarto, in an attractive period-style binding of full calf, spine banded, red morocco label.

The "Vlamingh edition"

Rare: the "Vlamingh edition" of Foigny's famous imaginary voyage to Australia.

Rare: the "Vlamingh edition" of Foigny's famous imaginary voyage to Australia.

This edition was one of a trio of separate "Southern Continent" works published simultaneously by the enterprising publishers in 1701: the other two were another imaginary voyage, the Histoire des Sevarambes by Vairasse d'Alais, and the account of the very real voyage of Vlamingh, the Journaal Wegen een Voyagie, a great rarity of Australian exploration books.

Gabriel de Foigny (ca. 1630-1692) was a Franciscan priest who was defrocked for his scandalous behaviour, upon which he emigrated to Switzerland and converted to Protestantism. First published in 1676, this work is 'perhaps the most famous of all the fictitious accounts of Terra Australis' (Mackaness), and has clear links to the history of voyages and a strong connection with Quiros. The protagonist Jacques Sadeur endures a series of shipwrecks before being plucked from the sea by a gigantic winged monster which drops him on the shores of western Australia, where he is rescued by the ruling hermaphrodite society, and lives with them for the next two decades (around 1650, based on the internal evidence, and thus clearly alluding to the VOC wrecks of that era). Of particular note is the fact that Foigny's book refers to the inhabitants of his Terre Australe as "Australiens" - the first time that the term was used to describe an inhabitant of the southern continent.

Records for this Dutch edition are difficult to unravel, chiefly because many library records erroneously list the work as requiring three plates, but this is a bibliographic ghost. The copies of this work in both the Mitchell and Dixson collections do not include any plates, nor is there any evidence that plates were ever present.

Fausett, 'The Southern Land, Known', p. 144.

Price (AUD): $12,000.00  other currencies Ref: #3907223

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