VOYAGE DE LA FRANCE EQUINOXIALE EN L'ISLE DE CAYENNE, ENTREPRIS PAR LES FRANÇOIS EN L'ANNÉE M.DC.LII.

Paris. 1664. [24],432pp. Small quarto. Later vellum. Some foxing and browning, especially affecting title-leaf and last leaf, else very good. Item #WRCAM47166

One of the primary sources for the French ventures in Guiana. Biet was a French priest who went to the West Indies in 1652. The work is divided into three sections. The first part describes his voyage out; the second part describes events at the colony for the next fifteen months; and the third part provides a description of the country and the Indians. The author also made a short journey to Barbados, Martinique, and Guadeloupe, and offers some useful information about those regions. The work contains a vocabulary of the Carib Indian language. Crouse, FRENCH PIONEERS IN THE WEST INDIES, p.273. SABIN 5269. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 664/15. LeCLERC 165. HANDLER, BARBADOS HISTORY, p.5. MAGGS BIBLIOTHECA AMERICANA V:4336.

Price: $4,500.00

Primary Source for Early French Settlement in the Caribbean