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DELLON, GABRIEL - Relation de l'inquisition de Goa.

Paris, Chez Daniel Horthemels, rue Saint Jacques, au Mecoenas [Colophon: A Paris de l'imprimerie d'Antoine Lambin, 1687], 1688. Small 8vo. [binding 19.5 x 13 cm]. Engr. device 'Misericordia et Ivstitia' ['C.Vermeulen sc.' after 'P.Seuin fe'] on title (with a small spot), 6 engr. pls. [at L8 (2x), L9, M1, M2, N1] (3 fold.; a tear on fold in fold. plate 3 expertly closed), numer. woodc. initials and tail-pieces, 6 engr. head-pieces [aiiR, avR, a8R, A1R, F1R, L6R], 1 engr. tail-piece.[M6R]. ['C. Vermeulen' after 'P. Seuin']. Signed french binding by Chambolle-Duru, 'after 1863', signed at bottom center of upper inside dentelle]. High quality full dark brown crushed mor., silver monogram intertwined 'MH' [or 'HM'] on upper cover [top righthand], spine in compartments lettered in silver, board edges silver gilt w. double rule, inside dentelles silver gilt. [ã12, ê1, A-T12, V3]. (XXVI, 437, XXV (index) pp.). (All edges of the bookblock (silver) gilt, with a few light abrasions; Ex libris of a flowering tree of knowledge on upper paste down 'Auguste Comte Jean Gutemberg', with his motto 'Libro Liber' ; owner's signature in ink on ã 2 recto 'Shibert'?). Borba de Moraes, I, 254/55: citing various eds. 'Dellon, a physician, was born in about 1649. ... He left France for India in 1668 aboard a ship of the "Compagnie Royal". He travelled extensively along the Malabar coast, and was practising as a physician in Damão when he was arrested by the Inquisition and sent to Goa to stand trial in 1674. He was condemned to serve in the galleys and put in a Portuguese boat bound for Lisbon. ...When he arrived in Lisbon Dellon's case was reviewed and he was set free. He returned to France in 1677. ...Dellon also published a 'Relation de l'Inquisition de Goa' relating his experiences, and this includes details of his stay in Bahia. The work was first published in Leyden in 1687 ... Dellon's book was forbidden in Portugal by an "edital" of 12 December, 1769.': On the way back from Goa Dellon visited Brazil. The book contains many particulars on the Jews at Goa, as well as a realistic description of suttee and tropical disease. On pp. 199 - 209 we find Dellon's account of his departure from Goa and the description of Brazil. Dellon sailed from Goa in January 1676 and reached Brazil in the middle of May of the same year. He describes the Bay of All Saints, the main cities, climate, produce (mellons, oranges, bananas, tobacco), whaling in the bay off St. Salvador, the buildings, merchants and slave trading in said city. The fleet headed for Portugal arrives in August and Dellon reembarkes for Lisbon in the first week of September.: Barbier, vol. IV, p. 210 [under 'rélation']: Sabin comp. 19445 [ed 1709]: Comp. Cox, Lit. of Travel, vol. I, p. 281 [Engl. ed. 1699]: Cat. NHSM vol. I, p. 550: Caillet vol. I, 2954: Paul Fesch, Bibl. de la Franc.-Mac. et des Soc. Secrètes, c. 466: Bibl. Magica, item 4725: Yves-Plessis, comp. 1139 [ed. 1697]: The book was placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum May 1690: The engravings in this work were the basis of subsequent iconography of the Inquisition and were used by Picart. The perfectly executed binding by Chambolle [père], the successor of one of the truly great French binders of the 19th c., Hippolyte Duru [Died: 1884]. Duru started his atelier in Paris in 1843, 16 rue des Prouvaires, where he worked until 1863, when the atelier was taken over by his successor Chambolle, who moved to 20 Rue de Savoie & later 1 rue du Pont-de-Lodi. Chambolle signed his bindings 'Chambolle-Duru'. See Devauchelle, 'La Reliure en France'[1961], volume III, pages 44 - 48. As with Duru, who had most of his gilttooling executed by Marius Michel, Chambolle also worked with craftsmen from the 'ateliers de dorure'. According to Devauchelle, page 48 volume 3, the story goes that Chambolle 'head hunted' a workman called Meyer from Marius Michel's workshop: 'Plusieurs relieurs, aidés par des clients, montèrent chez eux un atelier de dorure. Tels furent Thibaron qui embaucha Joly; Chambolle qui enleva un ouvrier à Marius-Michel: Meyer...'. Maybe Meyer was responsible for the silver tooling on this custom made bibliophile binding for August Comte Jean Gutemberg.
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