Lafitau, J. F.
Histoire des découvertes et conquestes des Portugais dans le nouveau monde.
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Paris, Saugrain & Coignard, 1733. Two parts in two. 4to (29.6 x 25.7 cm). [iv], xxiv, 616 pp.; [xxiv] 693, [xliv] pp. With an engraved frontispiece, one text-vignette, 14 engraved plates and views (of which one larger, folding), and a fine, large, multi-folded map of the world. Uniform contemporary full calf, spines with raised bands and extensive gilt floral patterns; rich gilt red morocco labels with titles. Marbled endpapers. Edges speckled red.
First edition of this famous work, "[a]n esteemed and well-written work" (Sabin), devoted to Portuguese conquests, concentrating mostly on Africa and Asia. The frontispiece shows a view of the Indian fleet at anchor in Lisbon. The world map shows the voyages of Vasco da Gama, Cabral and Magellan. Besides portraits of Portuguese conquistadors, the plates show views of Lisbon, Aden, Cochin, Goa, Cananor, Daman, Malacca, Mozambique etc. A year later, an octavo (ca. 17 x 10 cm) edition was published too. The contemporary binding has a little wear, but is otherwise very nice with beautiful, elaborate gilt spines. Text with occasional light spotting, but mostly clean; maps and plates in very good condition. Old stamp of a private library of a German count on title pages. De Backer/Sommervogel IV, 1363; Borba de Moraes I, p. 386; Brunet III, 1745; Querard IV, p. 394; Sabin, 38591.
A well-illustrated work on Portuguese conquests in Asia and Africa - in contemporary binding