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[GERVAISE, NICHOLAS]: - Description historique du royaume de Macacar. Divisée en trois livres. Paris, chez Hilaire Foucault, 1688.

. Small 8vo. Pp. (vi), 326. With head and tail pieces. Contemporary full calf, spine gilt, worn. Bookplate. Endpapers browned. First edition of this important, early work on Makassar, the capital of the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi. Makassar was already the dominant trading center of eastern Indonesia when the Portuguese arrived in the 16th century. Later the Dutch arrived, built a trading station in 1607, and replaced the Portuugese as colonial masters in 1667. This account describes the natural history, manners and customs of the inhabitants, government, religion, ceremonies, etc. Gervaise was a French missionary who resided in Siam for about four years. Barbier i, 906. Chadenat 838. Cioranescu 32932. Lach iii, pp. 1448 ff.
EUR 1500.00 [Appr.: US$ 1784.81 | £UK 1302.25 | JP¥ 195763] Book number 24069

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