Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Robert de Berquen. Les Merveilles des Indes Orientales et Occidentales... Paris: C. Lambin, 1661. First edition, first issue of this rare book on gems and their histories. Octavo. Approximately 8.5 x 6 inches; 216 x 154 mm. [xii], 1-112 pages. With engraved portrait of Anne Marie Louise d'Orleans inserted at front. Contemporary quarter brown calf over brown marbled paper-covered boards, spine ruled in gilt, green gilt morocco lettering label. Spine worn and chipped, joints starting, binding worn. Hinges starting, small bookplate with numerical note and previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown, rear pastedown with a few ink markings. Title-page has a small oval (about 1 x 2 inches) cut out near the printer's mark, not apparently affecting text. The recto of the portrait (it is bound in with the recto blank and the verso with the image) is somewhat soiled. Sig. 2 *4 A-O4, with C2 marked as B2, F2 marked as F1, K2 and L3 not marked, M3 marked M2. Text a bit toned, with occasional soiling, foxing. The top of page 112 has several ink spots. A good example of this scarce title. JCB(3) III:51-52; Grasse I:348; Alden and Landis 661; Sabin 4957.

    More Information: "The first chapter attempts to reconcile differing views of various writers, as cited by Berquen, on the origin of gemstones and precious metals, with following chapters taking up the principal gemstones, and some minor ones, as diamond, sapphire, topaz, ruby, spinel, emerald, amethyst, aquamarine, hyacinth, opal, chrysolite, iris, vermeille, garnets, carnelian, turquoise, quartz varieties, pearl, coral and amber, and lastly, a chapter on gold and silver" (Sinkankas, p. 97f).

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    March, 2020
    4th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 258

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $300,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $300,000 and $3,000,000, plus 12.5% of any amount over $3,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 September 14 - 15 Americana & Political.

    Learn about consigning with us

    I don’t often do testimonials but in this case I felt truly obligated to thank Heritage Auctions for the extremely professional job your organization did for me.
    Charlie K.,
    Pittsburgh, PA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search