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LINSCHOTEN, J.H. VAN - Histoire de la navigation.. aux Indes Orientales..

LINSCHOTEN, J.H. VAN - Histoire de la navigation.. aux Indes Orientales..
Histoire de la navigation.. aux Indes Orientales.. - LINSCHOTEN, J.H. VAN
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Title : Histoire de la navigation.. aux Indes Orientales...
Map maker : LINSCHOTEN, J.H. VAN.
Date : Amsterdam, 1638.
Size : 12.2 x 7.9 inches. / 31.0 x 20.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :Incomplete copy of the last and most complete edition in French of this work that may be called the most important travel book of all periods. Unfortunately only 2 maps (eastern Africa and Near East till India) are present, the other maps and folding plates (Goa and Angra) are missing. Illustrated with 19 (of 34) double page plates.
No other book exercised such an influence in promoting travel to remote countries as this book. Included are the folding maps of the Near East with India and the map of the east coast of Africa, booth in very good condition. The text is complete.
Describing both the East and West Indies, with extensive descriptions of the exotic regions and lavish illustrations, engraved after designs of the author by John and Bapt. Van Doetecom. The large maps are engraved by Arn. and Henr. Florentinus a Langren. Of special importance is the large double hemisphere world map, with the address of Plancius (Shirley 187).
Linschoten had been in Portuguese service in the East Indies for nearly ten years and as well versed in the navigation of these regions, as well as in the Spanish and Portuguese roteiros , e.g. the one of Diego Affonso Royal Pilot of Portugal.
Preface 8pp.: Histoire de la navigation.. (206pp) Le grand Routier de Mer (4,181pp.): Description de L'Amerique.. (2,86pp. With page error 61-66, as issued.)
Some minor repairs of a few plates and slightly discolouration of a few pages.
Unfortunataly incomplete for its maps and plates, but still interesting for it's text and remaining plates and 2 great maps.
Sold as is.

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Tiele, 686/688.
Condition : Folio. 3 Parts in one. With a portrait, two engraved title-pages, one title vignette and 2 (of 7) folding maps and 19plates. Contemp. vellum.

ID: 17798

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