# 30172

Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas; Petrus Bertius; Pedro Ordóñez de Cevallos

Description des Indes Occidentales, qu’on appelle aujourdhuy le Nouveau Monde:

$30,000.00 AUD

par Antoine de Herrera, Grand Chroniqueur des Indes, & Chroniqueur de Castlle: translatee d’Espagnol en François. A la quelle sont adjoustees Quelques autres Descriptions des mesmes pays, avec La Navigation du vaillant Capitaine de Mer Jaques le Maire, & de plusieurs autres. Le contenu de cest oeuvre se veoit en la page suyvante. A Amsterdam : Chez Emanuel Colin de Thovoyon Marchand libraire, & on le vend à Paris Chez Michel Soly, Rue St. Iaques, à l’Image Sainct Martin, 1622. Quarto (285 x 190 mm), modern red calf, boards with ornate gilt tooling, spine in compartments with gilt lettering and ornament, gilt dentelles; title-page with printer’s device (early ownership inscription of the Paris College of the Society of Jesus), verso with summary of contents; additional pictorial title-page with coat of arms of Castille and 8 vignette scenes of New Spain surmounting a scroll map showing the Americas, being the first map to depict California as an island (also inscribed Colleg. Par. Soc. Jesu), verso with Extraict du Privilege; pp [8], 1-103 (Herrera), [1 blank], [6], 107-174 (Le Maire), 175-195 (Strait of Magellan), 196-199 (Solomon Islands dictionary), [1 blank], [201]-227 (Ordonnez de Cevallos), [1 blank], [229]-254 (Bertius); with the rare engraved portrait of Le Maire, 17 maps and charts (16 double-page, 1 folded), 5 three-quarter-page text engravings (scenes from the Le Maire expedition in Patagonia, a Polynesian sailing canoe, the anchorage at Cocos Island, natives at Cocos, and the isle of Hoorn), head- and tail-pieces, decorated initials, side-notes; the map of the Caribbean heavily browned, otherwise the maps and plates in very good condition, all strong impressions; clean and bright throughout, a very fine copy.

The Amsterdam printer, Michel Colin, published collected editions of these important voyage accounts in Dutch, Latin and French in 1622. The two principal narratives are those of Le Maire and Herrera. This is the first edition in French of their accounts. 

Contents: I. Description des Indes Occidentales par Antoine de Herrera. II. Navigation Australe de Iaques le Maire, translatee de Flamend en François. III. Recueil de tous ceux qui ont passé l’Estroit de Magellan. IV. Description de l’Inde Occidentale de Pedro Ordonnez de Cevallos. V. Description d’Amerique, ou du Nouveau Monde, tirée des Tableaux Geographiques de Petrus Bertius.

Le Maire’s Historia navigationis australis (in French, Navigation Australe; in Dutch, Spieghel der Australische navigatie) contains the first complete published account of the circumnavigation by the Le Maire-Schouten expedition in search of Terra Australis (1615-1617), which was the first to discover and round Cape Horn. Le Maire’s alternative route to the East Indies managed to avoid using the Cape of Good Hope or the Straits of Magellan, and thus did not contravene the Dutch East India Company’s charter which stipulated that no other Dutch trading company could use those two particular routes to reach the East Indies.

Herrera’s Indiae Occidentalis descriptio (French, Indes Occidentales) had first been published in Spanish in 1601 (Descripcion de las Indias Occidentales), but Colin’s 1622 editions provided the public with a revised and expanded version of this important work by the official historian to the royal court of Spain. It contains numerous significant early maps of Central and South America and the Pacific Coast.

‘The volume is valuable as containing the first edition of the genuine Voyage of Le Maire (also issued in Latin and Dutch in the same year) as distinguished from that which had been, through the Dutch India Company’s jealousy of Le Maire, published by Blaeu under the name of Cornelius Schouten, who had commanded one of Le Maire’s vessels. It concludes with the Spanish and English voyages to Magellan’s Straits and the descriptions of the America given by Ordonez de Cevallos and Bertius.’ (Sabin)

Sabin 31543 (who does not call for the portrait of Le Maire, which is indeed absent from most copies: “the French translation has not the portrait of Le Maire”); Alden & Landis 622/67; Nordenskiold 970; Tiele 295; Wagner, Spanish Southwest 12a; Borba de Moraes I, p.400.