Voyage d'Innigo de Biervillas, Portugais, à la côte de Malabar, Goa, Batavia, & autres lieux des Indes Orientales…

Paris: Gregoire Antoine Dupuis, 1736.

Duodecimo, two volumes in one; old owner's notes on front endpaper; contemporary French calf, bookplates; slight wear to the spine but a good copy.

Voyaging in the Indian Ocean: reimagining the VOC

Rare first edition, without doubt one of the most important works to take on the VOC and European voyages to the East Indies, and a book famous for its verisimilitude.

Rare first edition, without doubt one of the most important works to take on the VOC and European voyages to the East Indies, and a book famous for its verisimilitude.

In the tale a Portuguese sailor leaves Lisbon on the rather beautifully-named Notre-Dame des Neiges, en route for an extensive reconnaissance of much of south-east Asia. The account of rounding the Cape of Good Hope is told with splendid verve, but is topped by his wild adventures ashore, especially in the realm of a Chinese Princess. A great deal of the work deals with his substantial visit to Batavia, the great entrepôt of the time, all of it written with such accuracy that it is obvious that the author was extremely well-versed in the subject, also meaning that this has not uncommonly been confused for genuine reportage. The anonymous author is now accepted to have been the Abbé Saunier de Beaumont (Sieur de Crouzenac), a much-published essayist and historian.

Provenance: Biblioteca Pirucho (owner's stamp on verso of title-page); Eduardo Obejero Urquiza (Argentine collector, with bookplate).

Barbier, IV, 1064; Gove, p. 293; Quérard, VIII, 470.

Price (AUD): $2,100.00

US$1,522.49   Other currencies

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