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The Hague: Aux depens de la Compagnie, 1739. Two volumes. [12],224; [4],254pp. Half titles. 12mo. Later full polished calf, gilt, spine with raised bands, leather labels, marbled endpapers. Minor shelf wear, joints slightly rubbed. A clean, near fine copy. In a modern buckram slipcase. Item #WRCAM48796

The first French edition of Behrens' REISE DURCH DIE SÜD- LÄNDER UND UM DIE WELT, an account of Jacob Roggeveen's 1721-22 Pacific voyage, which provided important impetus for further exploration for the great Southern Continent. "Roggewein's is the first certified account of contact with Easter Island and its great stone images, as well as the last of the great Dutch circumnavigations" - Cox. The author was a sergeant and commander of marines on the voyage. Contemporary accounts of Roggeveen's explorations were first published in Dutch in 1728 and in German beginning in 1735. This French translation was based on the Frankfurt and Leipzig edition of 1737. "Though some attribute the translation to Charles de Brosses, [Charles Pierre Claret] Fleurieu believed that the style of language revealed the efforts of a non- native speaker. With the text often more a paraphrasing of the German version than a direct translation, Fleurieu and others credit Behrens himself with the translation" - Hill. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 739/21. SABIN 4379. HILL 99. COX I, p.51. BORBA DE MORAES, p.95. HOWGEGO R63 (for Roggeveen).

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