- Sl. yellowed/ trifle/ sl. foxed throughout; the view of Alexandria lacking the right quarter of the image and remargined; the large map of Africa w. sm. closed tear; a few maps/ views w. large (unobtrusive) closed tear and some maps/ views w. marginal repairs; one plate reattached to stub and possibly from another copy. Otherwise fine.
= The rare first and only French edition. Tiele 298; Gay 219; Mendelssohn II, p.119; Graesse II, 535; Hamilton 46. The first large general description of the African continent. The work is based on the early accounts of the Portuguese and Spanish explorers, the English works by Purchass and Jarrick, the journals and descriptions of Dutch navigators like Van Noort, Van Neck, Linschoten, Spilbergen, but especially on unpublished reports and eye-witness accounts of Dutch merchants, visitors and soldiers. Very detailed on the West Coast, where the Dutch ivory-, gold- and slave-trade flourished and on Angola (Luanda was captured by a WIC fleet in 1647). On the settlement on the Cape only a cursory note is found, while the surrounding tribes are described in remarkable detail. The second part, devoted to the African islands, from Malta to Madagascar, includes an ample account of the French colonization of the latter. The work is famous for its splendid detailed maps and plates, i.a. engraved after drawings by Reinier Noomsz (Zeeman). SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LXXI.