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[WALCKENAER, CHARLES ATHANASE]: - Le monde maritime ou tablèau géographique et historique de l'Archipel d'Orient, de la Polynésie, et del' Australie; ... Four volumes. Paris, chez Nepveu, 1818.

 1433918876,
12mo. Pp. xliv, 170; (iv), 251; (iv), 212; (iv), 234. With four frontispieces, one folding map and 33 engraved plates, of which six folding aquatints. Uncut copy in original pink marbled wrappers, faded and rubbed. Housed in a specially-made half-morocco box. Two plates with small marginal tear, a few leaves with light minor staining but overall a fine and unsophisticated set. Scarce first edition, a second edition in two volumes 8vo was published the following year. The book is devoted to the islands of Indonesia; Sumatra, Java, Sumbawa, Flores and Timor. The description of Polynesia and Australia, announced in the title, is not included. A comprehensive work describing the inhabitants, their customs and manners, languages, religions, costumes, governments, agriculture, arts, trade, industry, etc. The plates depict costumes, views, weapons, music instruments and houses. Baron Charles A. Walckenaer was a French civil servant and scientist. Not in Ferguson or Du Rietz. Cf Brunet vi, 19731 (second edition). Cf Chadenat 206.
EUR 2800.00 [Appr.: US$ 3259.72 | £UK 2494.5 | JP¥ 367657] Book number 100720

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