Cce qu'il y a de plus remarquable, de plus utile &
de mieux avéré dans les pays où les Voyageurs
ont pénétré; les moeurs des Habitans, la Religion,
les Usages, Arts & Sciences, Commerce,
Manufactures; enrichi de cartes géographiques
& de figures.
Par M. DE LA HARPE, de l'Academie Francaise
HOTEL DE THOU, RUE DES POITEVINS
Avec Approbation, & Privilege de Roi
( 21 VOLUMES )
A handsome set of 21 volumes and FIRST EDITION of this splendid collection of voyages, based on Prevost's Histoire Generale des Voyages, illustrated with remarkable evocative plates.
Each bound in full contemorary marbled calf, with five raised bands, gilt titles and gilt decoration to spine. Measuring approx 20cm x 13.5cm x 3.5-4.5cm.
The boards of five volumes are beginning to split to either side of top of spine, and the rear board of one volume is a little split/chipped to bottom inner edge/corner. Six volumes are chipped to top of spine, one volume is chipped to bottom of spine and one volume is chipped to top and bottom of spine. Three volumes are creased and worn to centre of spine, and thus a couple are beginning to crack to centre. A few of the corners are a little bumped and chipped. Volume 12. has a raised leather area to rear board (presumably when bound). Extremities are little bumped, else still a handsome set, bound in full leather. Internally there is an armorial bookplate to inside each front board (William Haggerston Constable Esq). There are ink reference numbers to reverse of front free endpapers and to top of the majority of half title pages. A number of the hinges are a little creaky. The half title page of volume I has been trimmed to top edge, as has one of its plates. There is a small grubby hole to half title page of volume 3. The front free endpaper of volume 7 is missing and the half title page is chipped, torn and crudely stuck to inner edge of front board. The rear free endpaper of volume 5 has a small chip to corner and is a little grubby. The front free endpapers of four volumes (and the rear endpaper of one volume) are creased, and are chipped to inner edges, two are detached and couple have been crudely restuck to half title page. The title page of volume 7. is torn, creased and wrinkled and almost detached. A number of the volumes have the occasional small rust spot/hole. Five volumes have a couple of ink marks to outer edges, as seen when closed, and a couple of volumes have the occasional ink mark within. A small section of volume 16. is a little wrinkled/browned. A few of the folding plates are a bit misfolded/creased and thus sit a little proud (proud edges are naturally a little tatty/browned). Two volumes are beginning to crack a little to centre and one volume is cracked to centre (leaves remain firm). A couple of leaves and a plate are creased.
All volumes have some light, scattered foxing/browning, touch heavier to some plates, adjacent leaves, and the occasional small section. There is some occasional page tonning/browning, some faint corner creasing, and the odd chip. Some light dustiness/grubbiness in places. Lacking the Atlas volume. Else overall the vast majority of contents are in reasonably clean and firm condition.
Scarce 21 handsome volumes, with 91 fabulous plates (many of which are folding), after BERNARD.
FIRST EDITION of a splendid collection of voyages, based on Prevost's Histoire Generale des Voyages, illustrated with remarkable, evocative and detailed plates, of peoples, ceremonies, costums, ships, historic scenes etc. Containing the most important voyages to America, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific from the earliest Portuguese explorers to the 18th century, including Anson, Drake, Dampier, Byron, Cook, Columbus, Ellis, Hudson, Middleton, Cortez, Wallis, Bougainville. Extensively commenting on the culture, natural history, customs, languages, Religion, Inhabitamts, Science, Astronomy, history, Vocabulary and geography of the various regions.
Covering China, Japan, Tartar, Asia, Russia, Siam, Peru, Mexico, America, Florida, Greenland, Kamschatka, the English & French Colonies, and New Zealand etc etc
The last 2-3 volumes deal almost exclusively with narratives of Captain Cook's three voyages, with many folding illustrations of New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii and the Tonga Islands.
It 'met with greater success than any other of the same kind, the fidelity of the narration, the striking details of adventure, and the lively pictures of manners etc, it presents, with always give it a peculiar and lasting merit"