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, , 335, 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