The first English edition of this important description of Makassar, translated from Description historique du royaume de Macacar (1688) by the French missionary Nicholas Gervaise (c.1662-1729).
“By far the most detailed work on Makassar written during the seventeenth century … Gervaise, who spent four years as a missionary in Siam, returned to France in 1685 with two orphaned sons of “Daën Ma-Allé,” a refugee prince of Makassar who had died at Siam. It does not seem that he personally visited Makassar. His account is rich in details about Makassar’s history, government, religion, social customs, and products” (Lach, III, 3, p.1448).
First edition in English. 8vo., , 159,  pp., some browning to text, contemporary panelled calf, rebacked, red label, corners worn.
Stock ID: 95374