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Monday, March 14, 2011

Spectacular travel book of the Day: Les Voyages du Sieur de Champlain Xaintongeois, Capitaine ordinaire pour le Roy, en la marine. Divisez en deux livres. Ou, Journal tres-fidele des observations faites és descouvertures de la Nouvelle France. CHAMPLAIN, Samuel de (1567-1635).


Two parts in one volume, 4to., (8 4/5 x 6 4/8 inches). 7 folding maps, 3 folding plates, 13 copper engravings in the text, one woodcut diagram, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials, with FINE LARGE ENGRAVED FOLDING MAP "Carte Geographique de la Nouvelle Franse" (17 x 30 inches) mounted and framed separately (some of the images cropped along foremargins). 
  • WITH THE EXCEPTIONALLY SCARCE MAP THAT PROVES SAMUEL de CHAMPLAIN'S PRE-EMINENCE AS AN EXPLORER AND DEMONSTRATE HIS ABILITIES AS A FOUNDER, A LEADER, A MAPMAKER, A BOTANIST, A THEOLOGIAN, AN ETHNOGRAPHER AND AN ARTIST 
  • First edition of the second published account of Champlain's voyages, containing the relations of four voyages to America made between 1604 and 1613. 
  • "The volume deals very fully with the natural history of the country, its soil and products, and is especially minute in its description of the manners, customs, and habits of the Indians. In this edition the text is much fuller than in that of 1632." (Church). 
  • The scientific exploration and mapping of New France began with the work of Samuel de Champlain, whose exceedingly rare depictions of the American Northeast are the most important and accurate seventeenth-century maps of the vast region.  
  • This map also included the earliest accurate delineation of the New England coastline, preceding John Smith's map by several years. 
  • VERY SCARCE: according to American Book Prices Current, only two complete copies and three incomplete copies of "Les Voyages du Sieur de Champlain" have sold at auction in the last thirty years.
Similar example sold at Bloomsbury auction on December 3, 2009, lot 67, for $751,000.
Offered at $550,000. To inquire, please email info@aradernyc.com or call our 72nd Street NYC gallery at (212) 628-3668. 

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