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Schouten, W.C.

Diarium vel descriptio....Australi

Amsterdam, L. Vlasbloem 1662. (Sabin 77961; Tiele memoires Schouten z, pp 52). In small quarto, later vellum binding. 4 nn leaves, 6 folding maps & plates, 1 folding map added in manuscript on old paper

72 pages, last page blank. Complete according to tabellae.


This is the third reprint by Dirk Vlasbloem of Schoutens journal in Latin (first & second, both 1648). All of these Vlasbloem editions are extremely rare. Tiele and the index of this book gives 6 plates for this Vlasbloem edition which would thus be complete. In our copy the map of the Southsea is added in manuscript. Sabin states that "The map of the South Sea is evidently not included in the plate numbers on page 71 and is probably lacking in some copies. There is no doubt however of its belonging to the book". Both le Maire and Schouten, who split up during the voyage, claimed the discovery. Both wrote their own journal. Schouten was the first to publish his version of the circumnavigation (this book, 1618) while le Maire, who died on the way back home after having been imprisoned in Batavia for breaching the VOC monopoly on sailing through the Street of Magelaans had his story first published in 1622 (see our copy of the Herrera, 1622). Sabin states that Schoutens journal was quite certainly not written by Schouten but composed by Blaeu from different log books of the journal especially the one of the commissary Arie Claeszoon.

Price: € 7500

Barrere, Pierre

Nouvelle Relation de la France Equinoxiale

Paris, 1743

[4], iv, 250, [1] pp. plus three flding maps and sixteen folding plates. Half title. 12mo. Contemporary calf, spine gilt. Spine bit chipped, hinges cracked and boards hanging by cords, corners worn. Small faint stamp on titlepage. Good, internally clean.

(Sabin 3604, LeClerc 119, European Americana 743/19, Field 87)


The author, a doctor, spent three years in French Giuana. This work is mainly devoted to describing the Carib Indians, and is illustrated with the finest plates of Caribs extant, showing native ornaments, boats, weapons, methods of fishing, etc. Remarkably detailed and accurate, they are of great ethnological interest. Also contains passages on the cultivation of coffee, cocoa, sugar cane, aloes, etc. The maps show the mouth of the Amazon, the island of Cayenne, and the harbor there. "Almost the whole of the text as well as most of the sixteen plates are descriptive of the natives of Guiana, where the author resided. He gives us many new particulars regarding the Indians"- Field.

Price: € 1250

Niebuhr, Carsten

Description de l'Arabie

Copenhague, Moller 1773. First French edition (first German, 1772, also in Copenhagen) (Gay 3589; Brunet 20581; PMM...) In quarto; contemporary full calf, spine gilt. 24nn leaves; 372 pp; 1 nn leave (fe de errata), 7 maps and 18 plates, some folding (incl. two sheets on Arab calligraphy, handcoloured and including two folding maps: Yemen (handcoloured in outline) and the Red Sea). Front plate loosening itself from spine. Else mint copy.


Carsten Niebuhr (1733-1815) led a Danish expedition into Arabia & Yemen. The expedition took Niebuhr to Yemen (1761-1763), from Yemen to India, Bombay (1763-64) and from India into Mesopotamie and Persia (1764-67). His report gave Europe the first comprehensive description of the region from a XVIII century, rational viewpoint . He was also the first European to report on the spread of the Wahhabi revolution, an Islamic fundamentalist movement that had tremendous influence on the history of Arabia (Waldman, 1992). His map of Yemen is the first scientifically based map of that country.

Price: € 3600

Vargas y Ponce, J. de

Relacion del ultimo viaje...Magellanes.. & Apendice

Madrid, viuda de Ibarrra, 1788 & idem 1793. (Palau 352514 y -515; Sabin 16765 & 1729; Hill 1756)

In quarto; contemporary Spanish red morocco, modestly gilt embossed. Title on spine.

3 leaves; 16 pp: 359 pp; 2 lvs; 128 pp.

Portrait (Magellanus). Five folded maps and five folded tables.

Complete. Mint internal condition, including all the maps.


This book closes the Spanish chapter in the Strait of Magellan which began with Magellan himself (1519) and included the famous Nodal brothers voyage (1616).

"This voyage was made to ascertain the advisability of Spaniards continuing to use the passage of the Strait in voyages to the Pacific. After these expeditions the Spanish trade routes were exclusively to east ports and then overland to Pacific ports" (Hill, 1756)

"Tiene estimo en comercio" (Palau)

Price: € 3400

Rugendas, Moritz

Malerische Reise in Brasilien

Paris, Engelman 1835

(Borba de Moraes p 754; Sabin 73934)

Four parts in one volume

Elephant folio (book block: 52x34 cm)

Original, halfcalf binding. Spine comparted, title gilt

Four text parts; 100 lithographs, black and white as issued , these printed on China paper, pasted in turn on supportive leaves.

Excellent, original condition. Text leaves clean. Lithos all but less than five completely clean. A few supportive leaves with slight foxing. Spine restored. Lacks list of subscribers that is sometimes present.


Johann Moritz Rugendas (Augsburg1802, Wurttemburg 1858), artist and painter, came with Baron von Langsdorf to Brasil in 1825 and spent about two years in the country.

The fine plates are of the utmost importance for the study of Brasilian life at the beginning of the XIX century (Borba).

Europe was fasciniated by the Portuguese colony that was in the process of becoming independent with a promise of the exploration of great, natural richness. Von Spix and Prince Wied zu Neuwied did similar voyages in the same period of time. Their descriptions of Brasil and the images they created were avidly consumed.

Price: € 23000

Marcoy, P

Travels in South America...

London, Blacky & Son. 1875

(Sabin, 44508)

Two volumes in cuarto.

Richly engraved linnen over boards.

10 maps & 525 woodcut illustrations.

First edition in English (French 1869)

First and last leaves old repairs to tiny tears. Good clear copy without foxing.


Famous travel overland form Lima to the mouths of the Amazon (Brasil), richly illustrated.

Price: € 800