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John Carter Brown Library - French Collection

The French literature collection of the John Carter Brown Library is of particular interest to those interested in political, social, and intellectual history and in the literature of travel. In addition to accounts by writers such as Cartier, Champlain, Thevet, Hennepin, and Tonti, the collection is strong in translations of French works in other languages. Semi-legendary and imaginary voyages hold particular interest. The library also holds a substantial collection of laws, decrees, and procla...



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John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Reginaldetus, Petrus, active 15th century; Totani, Gulielmus; Zumárraga, Juan de, 1468-1548. RIBRL, former owner
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Author identified as "Petru[s] Reginaldeti sacr[a]e theologi[a]e professorem ordinis[que] Fratrem Minorum" in colophon
Topics: Eschatology, Theology, Doctrinal, Imprint 1492
(from title page) I. De la navigation -- II. Du commerce naval, & contrats maritimes -- III. De la jurisdiction de la marine
Topics: Maritime law, War, Maritime (International law)
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Estienne, Charles, 1504-approximately 1564; Morel, Fédéric, approximately 1552-1630
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For earlier editions see NUC pre-1956, v. 162, p. 593-594
Topic: Classical dictionaries
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Voltaire, 1694-1778
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John Carter Brown Library copy bound in contemporary half sheep
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by Thévenot, Melchisédec, 1620-1692; Giovanni, da Lucca, active 1640; Lamberti, Arcangelo; Jenkinson, Anthony, 1529-1611; Della Valle, Pietro, 1586-1652; Roe, Thomas, Sir, 1581?-1644; Terry, Edward, 1590-1660; Komnēnos, Monachos, active 15th century; Methold, William, 1590-1653; Schouten, Willem Corneliszoon, -1625; Bontekoe, Willem Ysbrandsz., 1587-approximately 1647; Greaves, John, 1602-1652; Beaulieu, Augustin de, 1589-1637; Boym, Michel, 1612-1659; Hakluyt, Richard, 1552?-1616; Purchas,...
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(Part 1, from contents, pt. 1, p. [12], 1st count): Relation des Cosaques, avec la Vie de Kmielniski tirée d'un manuscrit -- Relation des Tartares du Crim, des Nogais, des Circasses, & des Abasses, / par Iean de Lucca; traduite d'un manuscrit italien, auec quelques notes d'un gentil-homme polonois qui a esté long-temps esclave dans le pays -- Relation de la Colchide, ou Mengrelie, / [by Arcangelo Lamberti] traduite de l'Italien -- Informatione della Georgia / di Pietro della Valle; tirée...
Topics: Nederlandsche Oost-Indische Compagnie, Jesuits, Voyages and travels, Imprint 1664
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by Montaigne, Michel de, 1533-1592
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Originally published: Bordeaux, 1580
Topic: Imprint 1595
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by Trichet du Fresne, Raphael, 1611-1661
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Signatures: pi² (pi1 + [dagger]-2[dagger]²) p-s²(-s2) t-2h²(-2h2) a-m²(-m2) n-o² 2o² 3o² 4o² 5o² 6o² 7o² 8o² ²a-²h² ã² ẽ² ĩ² A-Z² (z2 verso blank)
Topic: Early printed books
Colophon reads: De l'Imprimerie de P.G Simon, 1776
Topics: Catholic Church, Vili (African people), Ethnology, Imprint 1776
John Carter Brown LIbrary copy half bound in contemporary calf with marbled boards
Topic: Imprint 1808
Privilege (p. [1] (6th count)) dated 1620
Topics: Geography, Medieval, Geography, Arab, Imprint 1619, Imprint 1620
Translation of: Compendium de origine et gestis Francorum, and first published in French as: Les grandes croniques, Paris, 1514
Topic: Imprint 1516
2 v. : 20 cm (8vo)
Topics: Jesuits -- Missions, Jesuits -- Missions -- China, Jesuits -- Missions -- India, Jesuits --...
John Carter Brown Library copy acquired with the assistance of the Harper and Littauer Funds
Topic: Imprint 1656
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Gaguin, Robert, 1433-1501; Desrey, Pierre, d. 1520?
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Translation of: Compendium de origine et gestis Francorum, and first published in French as: Les grandes croniques, Paris, 1514
Topic: Imprint 1527
A translation of Histoire des plantes de l'Europe et des plus usitées ... 1st pub. Lyon, 1670 by Claude Prost and later by Jean Baptiste Deville
Topics: Botany, Medicinal plants, Imprint 1718
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Chateaubriand, François-René, vicomte de, 1768-1848
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2 v. ; 22 cm
Topics: Indians of North America, United States -- Description and travel, Italy -- Description and travel,...
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Chevreau, Urbain, 1613-1701; Hibert, J.C. fmo RPJCB; Durand, M. fmo RPJCB
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(From t.p.) Vol. 1: Des premiers hommes -- Des rois d'Assyrie, des rois des medes, & des rois de Perse -- De la monarchie des Grecs -- Des rois de Macedoine, des roys [sic] de Syrie, & des rois d'Egypte -- v. 2: De la monarchie des Romains, de la fondation de Rome, de ses rois & de ses empereurs -- La suite des empereurs romains jusqu'à la mort de Constantin -- v. 3: Des empereurs d'Occident. Ce que s'est passé de plus remarquable sous les empereurs d'Occident -- Des Arabs, de...
Topics: World history, Imprint 1689
First listed by European America as printed in Paris, 1650, however this edition may be a ghost and the first edition of this work may have been printed in Lyon, 1693
Topics: Perfumes, Perfumes industry, Tobacco industry, Powders, Hair powder, Cosmetics industry, Snuff,...
Originally published: Bordeaux: J. Chouin, 1579
Topics: Pilot guides, Imprint 1669
16 v. : 20 cm. (4to)
Topics: Jesuits -- Missions, Imprint 1753, Imprint 1757, Imprint 1767
Provenance of the John Carter Brown Library copy v. 1 and 2: Augs. Henry Duke of Grafton: armorial bookplate on front pastedown; includes many notes in contemporary ms. hand
Topic: Imprint 1768
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Thévenot, Melchisédec, 1620-1692; Giovanni, da Lucca, active 1640; Lamberti, Arcangelo; Jenkinson, Anthony, 1529-1611; Della Valle, Pietro, 1586-1652; Roe, Thomas, Sir, 1581?-1644; Terry, Edward, 1590-1660; Komnēnos, Monachos, active 15th century; Methold, William, 1590-1653; Schouten, Willem Corneliszoon, -1625; Bontekoe, Willem Ysbrandsz., 1587-approximately 1647; Greaves, John, 1602-1652; Beaulieu, Augustin de, 1589-1637; Boym, Michel, 1612-1659; Hakluyt, Richard, 1552?-1616; Purchas,...
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(Part 1, from contents, pt. 1, p. [12], 1st count): Relation des Cosaques, avec la Vie de Kmielniski tirée d'un manuscrit -- Relation des Tartares du Crim, des Nogais, des Circasses, & des Abasses, / par Iean de Lucca; traduite d'un manuscrit italien, auec quelques notes d'un gentil-homme polonois qui a esté long-temps esclave dans le pays -- Relation de la Colchide, ou Mengrelie, / [by Arcangelo Lamberti] traduite de l'Italien -- Informatione della Georgia / di Pietro della Valle; tirée...
Topics: Nederlandsche Oost-Indische Compagnie, Jesuits, Voyages and travels, Imprint 1664
(from title pages): v.1: Contenant tout ce qui s'est passé dans l'establissement des colonies françoises.--v.2: Contenant l'histoire naturelle.--v.3: Dans lequel il est traité du changement des proprietaires des Ant-Isles. De l'etablissement de la Compagnie royale des Indes occidentales: et de son gouvernement jusqu'à la guerre entre la France & l'Angleterre.--v.4: Dans lequel il est traité de tout ce qui s'est passé de plus considerable dans les Ant-Isles de l'Amerique, depuis le...
Topics: Compagnie des Indes occidentales, Natural history, Indians of the West Indies
Extrait de regitre de bapteme de l'Eglise de Port Royal en la Nouvelle France., 45-46 at end
Topics: Jesuits, Indians of North America
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Thévenot, Jean de, 1633-1667
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Also published as: Troisième partie des voyages de M. Thevenot, contenant la relation de l'Indostan ... Paris, C. Barbin, 1684, forming the 3rd part of his Relation d'un voyage fait au Levant ... Paris, 1665-1684
Topics: Voyages and travels, Imprint 1684
"Extraict du privilege," dated "le 15. de Nouembre, 1603."
Topic: Indians of North America
Provenance of the John Carter Brown Library copy: Edward D. Ingraham: armorial bookplate on front pastedown
Topic: Imprint 1836
Originally published in Paris - 1697; these are the same sheets with new title page
Topics: Drugs, Botany, Medical
Contains reports from various Jesuits in the province of Paraguay and all over South America, particularly Brazil, from 1635 to July 1637; also includes obituaries, reports of miracles, and vitae of Jesuit missionaries; these have been sent to Diego de Beroa, provincial of the province of Paraguay, translated from the Spanish of the reporters by François Hamal, and delivered to Muzio Vitelleschi, who was Superior General of the Jesuit order from 1615-1645
Topics: Jesuits, Jesuits, Jesuits, Jesuits, Jesuits, Jesuits, Imprint 1642
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Saavedra Fajardo, Diego de, 1584-1648
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599, [5] p. : 14 cm. (12mo)
Topics: Emblems, Political science, Kings and rulers -- Duties, Imprint 1660
[2], 4 p., [20] leaves of plates : 26 cm. (4to)
Topics: Costume, Costume -- America
Title page v.2 differs slightly
Topic: Anglo-French War, 1666-1667
Signatures: A-B⁴
Topic: Imprint 1565
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Santarém, Manuel Francisco de Barros e Sousa, Visconde de, 1791-1856; Santarém, Manuel Francisco de Barros e Sousa, Visconde de, 1791-1856. Atlas composé de mappemondes, de portulans et de cartes hydrographiques et historiques, depuis le VIe jusqu'au XVIIe siècle; Osorio, M. fmo RPJCB
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No more published
Topics: CPJCB, Early maps, Cartography, Imprint 1849, Imprint 1852
Errata: p. [23], 1st count
Topics: Jesuits, Catholic Church
16 v. : 20 cm. (4to)
Topics: Jesuits -- Missions, Imprint 1753, Imprint 1757, Imprint 1767
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Dufour, Philippe Sylvestre, 1622-1687; Naironus, Antonius Faustus, 1628-1711? De saluberrima potione cahue seu cafe nuncupata discursus. French; Rhodes, Alexandre de, 1591-1660. Divers voyages et missions; Nieuhof, Johannes, 1618-1672. Gesandshap der Nederlandische Oost-Indische Compagnie. French; Colmenero de Ledesma, Antonio. Curioso tratado de la naturaleza y calidad del chocolate. French; Marradon, Bartolomeo. Curioso tratado de la naturaleza, los daños y provechos que el tempo y...
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This work is an enlarged edition of: De l'vsage du caphé, du thé et du chocolate, first printed Lyon, 1671
Topics: Coffee, Chocolate, Chocolate drinks, Tea, Imprint 1685
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by Pablo de Santa Maria, Bishop of Burgos, approximately 1351-1435; Richenbach, Johannes, -1486; Brown, Sophia Augusta, 1825-1909. fmo RPJCB; Heilbronn (Germany). Karmeliterkloster. fmo RPJCB
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Title from incipit, leaf [a]1r; imprint from Schorbach
Topics: Bible, Imprint 1470
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Palafox y Mendoza, Juan de, 1600-1659
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Extracted and translated from: Croníca moralizada
Topics: Catholic Church, Tatars -- Social life and customs, China -- History -- Tatar Conquest, 1643-1644,...
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Jacob, P. L., 1806-1884
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John Carter Brown Library copy quarter bound in contemporary green morocco with marbled boards
Topic: Imprint 1874
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Great Britain. Parliament. House of Lords (1776)
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Provenance of the John Carter Brown Library copy 2: "Bibliothèque de Paul Martin": autograph at head of title page; "De la bibliotheque d'Adrien Durand": autograph on title page; François Tocaven: armorial bookstamp on verso of half-title leaf
Topic: Imprint 1778
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Thévenot, Melchisédec, 1620-1692; Marquette, Jacques, 1637-1675; Tasman, Abel Janszoon, 1603?-1659; Baĭkov, F. I. (Fedor Isakovich), approximately 1612-1663 or 1664; Swammerdam, Jan, 1637-1680; Brown, Harold, 1863-1900. fmo RIBRL
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(From contents note on verso of title page, note that the folded maps are included in this description of the contents): Decouverte dans l'Amerique Septentrionale / par le P. Marquette Jesuite -- Carte de la decouverte de la terre de Ielmer -- Ambassade des Moscovites à Pekin, & Decouverte des païs qui sont entre la Moscovie & la Chine / [by Fedor Isakovich Baikov] -- Carte de la route d'Abel Tasman autour de la Terre Australe -- Nouvelle maniere de niveau -- De prendre hauteur -- De...
Topics: Navigation, Mayflies, Hermit crabs, Insects, Imprint 1681
Signatures: ã⁸ ẽ⁸ A-P⁸ Q⁴ (Q3 verso, Q4 blank)
Topic: Astronomy
Has also been attributed to Andrés Sáenz de la Peña
Topics: María de Jesus, madre, 1579-1637, Conceptionist Sisters, CSAIP
French translation 1st published Paris, 1568. This is a page-by-page resetting of the edition published in 1577 and reissued in 1578
Topics: America -- Discovery and exploration, Peru -- History -- Conquest, 1522-1548
John Carter Brown Library copy lacks gatherings a-g at beginning of volume [2]; bound with v. [2] before v. [1], in contemporary limp vellum
First published Paris, 1611, with first part "Voyage de François Pyrard, de Laval" with title: "Discovrs dv voyages des François avx Indes orientales", followed by "Traité et description des animavx, arbres & fruicts des Indes Orientales". This 1619 edition is exponentially expanded from the 1611 edition, and text, for the most part, does not follow 1611 edition. The "Seconde partie du voyage de François Pyrard depuis l'arriuee à Goa iusques à son...
Topics: Natural history, Natural history, Indians of South America, Coconut, Sinhalese language, Imprint...
Originally published: Bordeaux, 1597
Topics: Jesuits, Catholic Church
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Bouchet, Guillaume, sieur de Brocourt, 1513-1593
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Parts 1 and 2 were also printed in Paris by Jeremie Perier in the same year
Topics: Tobacco, Natural resources, Indians of South America, Imprint 1608
Chronique ecclesiastique, ou brief estat de l'eglise / P.D. Gaillard -- L'ordre des principaux historiographes hebrieux, grecs, latins & francois / P.D. Gaillard
Topics: Chronology, Historical, Geography, Church history
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Sacro Bosco, Joannes de, active 1230; Ciruelo, Pedro, approximately 1470-approximately 1560; Ailly, Pierre d', 1350-1420?; Bromsen, Maury A. fmo RPJCB; Parreño, Alberto. fmo RPJCB
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Previous ed. published under title: Vberrimum Sphere mundi comme[n]tum, intersertis etia[m] questionibus Petri de Aliaco, nuper magna cu[m] dilige[n]tia castigatu[m]. [Parisius : Impensis I. Petit, 1508]. That ed. in turn was reprinted from an earlier ed. with similar title, published by Guy Marchant for Jean Petit, Paris, in 1498. Cf. Essays honoring L.C. Wroth, p. 139-141; BN, v. 78, columns 454-456; and NUC pre-1956 NS 0014983-0014984
Topics: Astronomy, Imprint 1515
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Dufour, Philippe Sylvestre, 1622-1687; Spon, Jacob, 1647-1685; Moreau, René, 1587-1656; Naironus, Antonius Faustus, 1628-1711? De saluberrima potione cahue seu cafe nuncupata discursus; Rhodes, Alexandre de, 1591-1660. Divers voyages et missions. Latin; Nieuhof, Johannes, 1618-1672. Gesandshap der Nederlandische Oost-Indische Compagnie. Latin; Colmenero de Ledesma, Antonio. Curioso tratado de la naturaleza y calidad del chocolate. Latin; Marradon, Bartolomeo. Curioso tratado de la naturaleza,...
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Translation, by Jacob Spon, of: Traités nouveaux et curieux du caffé, du thé et du chocolate, Lyon, 1685, which is an enlarged edition of: De l'vsage du caphé, du thé et du chocolate, first printed Lyon, 1671
Topics: Coffee, Chocolate, Chocolate drinks, Tea, Imprint 1685
Engraved title-page on double plates. Added engraved t.p. reads: La geographie universelle qui fait voir l'estat present de 4 parties du monde, c'est à dire, les religions, les coutumes et les richesses des peuples: les forces et les gouvernemens des estats: ce qui est de plus beau et de plus rare dans chaque region; et autres particularités pour sçauoir l'histoire et l'interest des princes .
Topics: Geography, Imprint 1676
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Caldas, Antonio Pereira de Sousa, 1762-1814; Stockler, Francisco de Borja Garção; Dias, Antonio de Souza
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t. 1. Psalmos de David vertidos em rhythmo portuguez,... com as notas e observações de ... Francisco de Borja Garção-Stockler, e dados á luz por Antonio de Souza Dias.--t. 2. Poesias sacras e profanas,... com as notas e additamentos de ... Francisco de Borja Garção-Stockler, dadas á luz ... [por] Antonio de Souza Dias
Topics: CPJCB, Imprint 1820, Imprint 1821
Provenance of the John Carter Brown Library: William A. Shaw: bookplate; inscribed from "Elisabeth Shaw, 1827 to William Shaw, Elamsville [?] 1835": verso of second front flyleaf; "A. Teste, 1782": autograph on recto of second front flyleaf
Topic: Imprint 1748
John Carter Brown Library copy has attributed authorship in 19th century hand on title page as: l'abb́é Morellet
Topic: Imprint 1787
These are the same sheets with different title page as the issue of the same year printed by Antoine de Sommaville
Topic: Indians of South America
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Colophon reads: A Paris, de l'Imprimerie Royale. Par les soins de Jean Anisson, directeur de ladite Imprimerie. M. DC. XCIII
Topics: Botany, Natural history, Imprint 1693
Provenance of the John Carter Brown Library copy: Co[nvento] of Francisco de Salaya: ms. autograph on title page; marco de fuego of the Convento de Purisima Concepción de Celaya (ColPart3-12066) on head, foot and foredge of text block
Topic: Imprint 1608
Colophon reads: A Roven, de l'Imprimerie de Lavrens Mavrry
Topics: Tides, Oceanography, Longitude
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc, comte de, 1707-1788; Ferri de Saint-Constant, J. L. (Jean-L.), 1755-1830
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L'homme après la création, ou le développement des sens -- Principes de l'homme -- l'Ame comparée au corps -- Portrait de l'homme -- Force de l'homme -- L'homme comparé à l'animal -- Etat de pure nature -- Sauvages -- L'homme en société -- Abstinence de la chair -- Peinture de l'homme moral dans la jeunesse & dans le moyen âge -- Amour dans l'homme & dans les animaux -- Mariage -- Sources de la bonheur. Causes de malheur -- Mort -- Imagination -- Mémoire -- Rêves -- Modes --...
Topics: Natural history, Biology, Science, Ethnology, Anthropolgy, Imprint 1785
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Clarkson, Thomas, 1760-1846; Laroche, Benjamin, 1797-1852; Jenks, revd. fmo RPJCB; Société de la morale chrétienne (Paris, France). Comité pour l'abolition de la traite des noirs
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Translation of: The cries of Africa, to the inhabitants of Europe, London, 1822; two additional editions in French in London in the same year: one printed by Harvey and Darton and W. Phillips, the other by G. Schulze
Topics: Slave trade, Slavery, Antislavery movements, Imprint 1822
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Palisot de Beauvois, Ambrose-Marie-François-Joseph Palisot, 1752-1820
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3 v. : 14 cm
Topics: Indians of North America -- Fiction, Imprint 1795
xii, [4], 783, [1] p., [2] folded leaves of plates : 18 cm. (8vo)
Topic: Geography -- Dictionaries -- French
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by France. Marine
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Provenance of the John Carter Brown Library copy: des archives de Michel Adanson naturaliste français collaborateur de l'Encyclopédie membre de l'Académie des sciences membre de l'Institut 1727-1806: book plate on front pastedown
Topic: Imprint 1780
xxxiv, 386 p., [1] folded leaf of plates : 18 cm (12mo)
Topics: La Salle, Robert Cavelier, sieur de, 1643-1687, Mississippi River -- Discovery and exploration,...
[4], vj, 312 p., [1] folded leaf of plates : 21 cm. (8vo)
Topics: Botany -- United States, United States -- Description and travel, Ohio River Valley -- Description...
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Velasco, Juan de, 1727-1792. Historia del reino de Quito. French
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Provenance of the John Carter Brown Library copy: John Carter Brown and Harold Brown: bookplates
Topic: Imprint 1841
Originally published: Bordeaux, 1597
Topics: Jesuits, Catholic Church
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Marmontel, Jean François, 1723-1799
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2 v. ; 17 cm. (12mo)
Topics: Incas -- Fiction, Indians of South America -- Peru -- Fiction, Peru -- History -- Conquest,...
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by Dampier, William, 1652-1715; Halley, Edmond, 1656-1742; Hacke, William; Dampier, William, 1652-1715. Voyage from Achin in Sumatra, to Tonquin, and other places in the East Indies. French; Dampier, William, 1652-1715. Voyages to the Bay of Campeachy. French; Dampier, William, 1652-1715. Discourse of the trade-winds, breezes, storms, seasons of the year, tides and currents of the torrid zone throughout the world. French; Wafer, Lionel, 1660?-1705? New voyage and description of the Isthmus of...
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A collected issue, with additions, of William Dampier's voyages, first printed in English in four separate volumes, London, 1697 to 1709, and first printed in four separate volumes in French, Amsterdam by Paul Marret, 1698-1705
Topics: Winds, Tides, Ocean currents, Buccaneers, Voyages and travels, Voyages around the world, Natural...
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Après de Mannevillette, Jean-Baptiste-Nicolas-Denis d', 1707-1780; Après de Mannevillette, Jean-Baptiste-Nicolas-Denis d', 1707-1780. Neptune oriental; Colby Academy (New London, N.H.) fmo RPJCB
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Text and maps first printed Paris, 1745; Text and maps for 1775 "second edition" printed Paris and Brest, 1775-1781. Polak claims the maps and charts were never issued, though they are recorded as Phillips 3165, 3166, and 3167
Topics: Navigation, Pilot guides, Pilot guides, Pilot guides, Imprint 1775
Verso of half-title pages of volumes 1-4 read: A Pihan de la Forest, imprimeur de la Cour de Cassation, rue des Noyers, 37
Topics: Zélée (Frigate), Astrolabe Expedition (1837-1840), Scientific expeditions, Scientific...
John Carter Brown Library - French Collection
by Entrecasteaux, Antoine Raymond Joseph de Bruni, chevalier d', 1737-1793; Rossel, M. de (Elisabeth Paul Edouard), 1765-1829; Beautemps-Beaupré, Charles François, 1766-1854; De Grey, Thomas Philip De Grey, Earl, 1781-1859. fmo RIBRL
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Colophons in volumes 1 and 2 read: Imprimé par les soins de J.J. Marcel, directeur général de l'Imprimie impériale, et membre de la Légion d'honneur
Topics: La Pérouse, Jean-François de Galaup, comte de, 1741-1788, Recherche (Ship), Espérance (Ship),...
Title from caption in letterpress below engraved head piece
Topics: Mozard, Charles-Théodore, 1755-1810, Consuls, Diplomats, Broadsides, etc, Broadsides, etc, Imprint...