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    First English Edition of Le Blanc's
    Famous Voyages

    Vincent Le Blanc. The World Surveyed: or, The Famous Voyages & Travailes of Vincent le Blanc, or White, of Marseilles: who from the age of Fourteen years, to Threescore and Eighteen, Travelled through most parts of the World. Viz. The East and West Indies, Persia, Pegu, the Kingdoms of Fe and Morocco, Guinny, and through all Africa. From the Cape of good Hope into Alexandria, by the Territories of Monomotapa, of Preste John and Ægypt, into the Mediterranean Isles, and through the Principal Provinces of Europe. Containing a more exact Description of several parts of the World, then hath hitherto been done by any other Authour. The whole work enriched, with many authentick histories. Originally written in French, and faithfully rendred into English by F.B. Gent. London: John Starkey, 1660. First English Edition. Quarto. A2, a4, B-Z, a4, Aa-Qq4, 3A-3N4, 3O6. [12], 184, 177-407, [13] pages. Frontispiece portrait of Le Blanc. Early twentieth century rebinding in cloth with the old leather covers inset. Pages cockled, light soiling, foxing, repair tape to tear on page 102, else very good condition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "The most celebrated travel book to appear in the 1640's was one allegedly based on the memoirs of Vincent Le Blanc (1554-circa 1640), a native of Marselles. During the last quarter of the sixteenth century, Le Blanc had traveled widely in Asia, Africa, and America. Through the good offices of Nicolas-Claude de Fabri, seigneur of Peirsec and a respected scholar, the manuscripts of Le Blanc were brought to the attention of Bergeron, the editor of travel materials. After acquiring some of Le Blanc's manuscripts, Bergeron realized that they were confused and jumbled... Les Voyages Fameux was published at Paris in 1648... Though it is still cited frequently, Les Voyages Fameux remains suspect as a factual source. But it was important at the time in giving impetus to the French effort in the overseas world..." -Donald Lach and Edwin Van Kley, Asia In The Making of Europe, 1993, Volume 3; p. 406.]

    Wing L 801. ESTC r5816. Alden/Landis  660/105. Sabin 39593. Borba de Moraes 460. Atkinson 173. Ibrahim-Hilmy 430. Cox 74. Hazlitt II, 337.

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