Printed Books, Manuscripts, Ephemera and Original Artwork | 12 June 2013
Coreal (François) - Voyages...aux Indes Occidentales,
Voyages...aux Indes Occidentales,
avec une relation de la Guiane de Walter Raleigh & le Voyage de Narborough à la Mer du Sud par the Detroit de Magellan, 2 vol., first edition, titles in red and black, 18 maps, plans and plates (?of 20, see note below), most folding, small hole in 'Chart of Western and Southern Oceans', 'Portobello' with split at fold, 'Perou' with neat repaired tear to upper left corner and with some creasing and slight fraying to edges (not within image), A5 tear within text, but with no loss, some creasing and spotting, some light browning, contemporary calf, gilt spines in compartments, worn, but holding firm, [Alden and Landis 722; Borba de Moraes I:214; Palau 61956; Sabin 16781], 12mo, Amsterdam, chez J.Frederic Bernard, 1722.
⁂ Rare. Only six sets have appeared since 1981. This and only one other copy have the most number of maps and plates recorded. Coreal's book was published under four separate imprints in 1722, two in Amsterdam and two in Paris. Borba de Moraes notes that all the 1722 printings are identical, and the printing was likely shared by the various booksellers named on the title-pages.
"The fact that no Spanish edition of these voyages is known, has led to the belief that no such person as Coreal ever lived. In speaking of the work, Mr. Rich says: 'There appears to be no reason to doubt of the identity of Francis Coreal, or of the fact of his having visited the different countries he describes… His relation occupies only one half of the work, the other half being made up of a selection from other authors… [which suggests] that the work consisted of fragments taken from several effective voyages by some starving compiler'" (Sabin). There is some confusion as to plate count: Borba de Moraes calls for 15 plates and maps in 2 volumes; Palau and Sabin call for 20 plates a maps in 3 volumes.
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