1742. Labat. Nouveau voyage aux isles de l'Amérique. v6
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Sold Date: 02/11/2011
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Category: Books, Paper & Magazines
Labat, Jean-Baptiste.Nouveau voyage aux isles de l’Amérique contenant l’histoire naturelle de ce pays, l'origine, les moeurs, la religion & le gouvernement des habitans anciens & modernes. Les guerres & les evenemens singuliers qui y sont arrivez pendant le séjour que l'auteur y a fait. Par le R.P. Labat, de l'Ordre de Freres Prêcheurs. Nouvelle édition augmentée considérablement, & enrichie de figures en tailles-douces. Paris: Jean de Nully,1742. Volume 6 ONLY of 8. 4 x 6.75 inches (10 x 17 cm.) Vol. 6: [iv], 502 p. + 13 plates (some folding) of copper engravings. Labat was sent to the Caribbean in 1694 as a missionary in the Dominican Order. He stayed there until 1706 and in Nouveau voyage , first published in 1722, he described many aspects of the Caribbean society as he found it, visiting the islands under French control, as well as those under British and Dutch domination. He had the skills of a scientist and mathematician and made valuable and detailed botanical and geographic observations. He was also an astute businessman, setting up a new process for sugar production. This volume covers the years 1698-1700 in Martinique, Guadeloupe and Grenada among other places. The copper-plate engravings in this volume are exceptionally nice, with detailed images of maps, plants, animals and a scene of tobacco curing. Full calf binding, slightly splayed, worn, tear at head of top joint, missing spine titles; marbled endpapers, light dampstaining in last sheets and on some text pages. Internally the pages are mostly clean without staining. Some plates are detached and laid-in, but all of them are in very good condition.
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