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1780 1ed VOYAGES Captain Cook Maps Comm Byron America Explorers Africa 3v La Harpe

The best book of its kind!

A rare set of La Harpe’s ‘General History of Voyages’! This extensive work was begun by La Harpe, and, after the first 21 volumes, was completed by a number of other historians. Not only does this work describe the geography of specific voyages, but it covers the sciences, commerce, religion, and customs of people groups from Africa, Asia, Americas, and Pacific Islands.

According to Sabin, La Harpe’s ‘Voyages’ is

“a work that has met with greater success than any other of the same kind; the fidelity of the narration, the striking details of adventures, and the lively pictures of manners, etc., it presents, will always give it a peculiar and lasting merit. Contains all the early voyages of America.”

This collection of volumes is volumes 19-21 of the complete set and includes some of the most popular voyages of the 18th-century including Captain Cooks voyages, and Commodore Byron’s arrival in Patagonia. Each tome is illustrated with folding plates of important scenes from these expeditions.

Item number: #3286

Price: $750

La HARPE, Jean-François

Abrégé de l'histoire générale des voyages.

A Paris : Hôtel de Thou, 1780.


•Collation: Complete with all pages; 3 volumes

oVol. 19 – [4], 438, [2]; 4 plates

oVol. 20 – [4], 490, [2]; 4 plates

oVol. 21 – [4], 671, [1]; 5 plates

•References: Brunet III, 771; Sabin 38632

•Language: French

•Binding: Leather; tight & secure

•Size: ~7.75in X 5.25in (19.5cm x 13.5cm)

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1780 1ed VOYAGES Captain Cook Maps Comm Byron America

Estimate $750 - $1,500Jul 29, 2018