FRÉZIER, Amédée François.

A Voyage to the South-Sea, and along the coasts of Chili and Peru,


A Voyage to the South-Sea, and along the coasts of Chili and Peru,
particularly describing the genius and constitution of the inhabitants, as well Indians as Spaniards: Their customs and manners; their natural history, mines, Commodities, traffick with Europe, &c. By Monsieur Frezier, engineer in ordinary to the French King. Illustrated with 37 copper-cutts of the coasts, harbours, cities, plants, and other curiosities: printed from the author’s original plates inserted in the Paris edition. With a postscript by Dr. Edmun Halley, Savilian Professor of Geometry in the University of Oxford. And an account of the settlement, commerce, and riches of the Jesuites in Paraguay.
London, for Jonah Bowyer, 1717.

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Frézier, a French engineer, was contracted to sail to the Spanish possessions in South America to build forts to defend against English and Dutch attacks. At the same time the French government enlisted him to map the west coast of South America. The first part of the work gives an account of the voyage from France around Cape Horn; the second part to the coasts of Chile and Peru and their towns and cities. The postscript by Halley corrects certain geographical errors made by Frézier.


First English edition. 4to, [12], 335, [9]pp., title in red and black, without ‘Directions to Binder’ leaf at end of preliminaries, 37 engraved maps, plans and plates, 18 folding, light browning to text, some old stains and marks to title,, mostly marginal, a few rust spots (one to Nn4 causing small hole and loss of letter), contemporary panelled calf, morocco lettering piece, short splits to joints, light wear head of spine, an attractive copy.

Provenance: Thomas Ffarr (contemporary ink inscription to front free endpaper); Brympton (inscription to front pastedown).


Borba de Moraes p.329; Hill (2004), 654; Goldsmiths’ 5338; Nissen (ZBI), 1433; Sabin 25926.


Stock ID: 99111