Paris. 1743. ,iv,250,pp. plus three folding maps and sixteen folding plates. Half title. 12mo. Contemporary calf, spine gilt. Spine bit chipped, hinges cracked and boards hanging by cords, corners worn. Small faint stamp on titlepage. Good, internally clean. Item #WRCAM25314
The author, a doctor, spent three years in French Guiana. This work is mainly devoted to describing the Carib Indians, and is illustrated with the finest plates of Caribs extant, showing native ornaments, boats, weapons, methods of fishing, etc. Remarkably detailed and accurate, the illustrations are of great ethnological interest. Also contains passages on the cultivation of coffee, cocoa, sugar cane, aloes, etc. The maps show the mouth of the Amazon, the island of Cayenne, and the harbor there. "Almost the whole of the text as well as most of the sixteen plates are descriptive of the natives of Guiana, where the author resided. He gives us many new particulars regarding the Indians" - Field. SABIN 3604. LeCLERC 119. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 743/19. FIELD 87.