Veiling 351 Old & Rare Books - General History & Topography
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AMERICA -- GOTTFRIED, J.L. (=J.P. Abelin). Newe Welt und Americanische Historien. Inhaltende Warhafftige und volkommene Beschreibungen Aller West-Indianischen Landschaften (…). Frankf., Merianischen Erben 1655. (6), 661 pp. W. engr. ti. (rep. on v°), 5 (of 8?) fold. plates/maps & 174 large text-engrs. Fol. Old cf. binding w. raised bands. (Bottom of spine a bit dam., corners rep., bind. rubbed/chafed, sev. rep. & tears to plates and margins, inner margin a bit wormholed at the beginning (affecting the text a little), stained in places, browned/foxed).

Second edition of the important and richly illustrated work on America, which was first published by Merian in 1631. The number of plates fluctuates in the literature; there are 8 in total, but most copies only contain 5-7. The present copy contains the map of America (with the subsidiary maps of the Arctic and Antarctic), Virginia, Magellan Strait with natives, Northern Brazil and the views of Olinda and Olinda de Pernambuco (on 1 plate). The work is divided into three parts. The first contains the history, geography, and natural history of the Americas. It contains a résumé of the Histories of Acosta, Oviedo, Peter Martyr, Herrera, de Laet, etc. The second part contains the accounts of 33 voyages to America, from Columbus to Spilbergen and Schouten. The third part is largely concerned with the voyage of Jacob l'Hermite, the conquests of Brazil by the Dutch and the remainder with other small voyages, descriptions of Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, Guyana, and the expedition to Chile made by Henry Brouwer and Elias Herckman, etc. The first edition was published in 1631. - Sabin 50; Borba de Moraes 371ff.

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