London: J.M. for Thomas Dring and John Starkey, 1666.
First Edition. Hardcover (rebound in leather). Good Condition. Item #040589
A translation of Rochefort's Histoire naturelle et morale des iles Antilles de l’Amerique. Small folio rebound in recent 1/4 leather over green cloth. Browned with a persistent dampstain throughout and occasional light staining from mold, but legible and complete; title page repaired at edges, verso of title is 1665 license to print. 9 plates with 52 illustrations, mostly of natural history, but with 3 illustrations of costume and one of a native canoeing. Two lovely illustrations of "sea unicorns" one a narwhal, one a fish with a unicorn head. (6), 351, (14) - lacking the last page of the table of contents at the rear, but with the complete 10 page "Caribbian Vocabulary" a translation of "Le vocabulaire caraibe" by Raymond Breton.. Lacking any blanks.
Valuable and interesting observations on flora, fauna and the native population. An extended piece on diet includes details on cassava bread making, the extraction of sugar from sugar cane, and an unusually positive review of the potato (still over a century away from acceptance in Europe) in its many colors.
Wing R1740, Sabin, 72322, Bibliotheca Americana 2608, Field (An Essay Towards an Indian Bibliography) notes "This book is an example of the most unblushing effrontery. The pseudo author assumes the credit of the performance with but the faintest allusion to its previous existence. It is a nearly faithful translation of Rochefort’s Histoire des Antilles."
Size: Folio. Text is clean and unmarked. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Travel & Places; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 040589.