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Voyage du Tour du Monde, Traduit de l'Italien de Gemelli Careri, par L. M. N. Enrichi d'un Grand Nombre de Figures, Tome Sixieme [only]. De la Nouvelle Espagne.

Gemelli Careri, [Giovanni Francesco]

Published by Paris. Etienne Ganeau ., 1719
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512 pp. 12mo. Giovanni Francesco Gamelli Careri (1651Ð1725) was a 17th century Italian adventurer and traveler.A lawyer and judge he was among the first Europeans to tour the world using a form of public transportation. A globe-trotting "Ulysses of the XVII Century" (Angela Amuso Maccarone, Gangemi, 2000), in 1685Ð87, he toured Europe and was wounded by the Turks in their siege of Buda. Not of aristocratic origin and as a consequence frustrated in his profession, he undertook a five year tour of the world 1693Ð98. He visited, seriatim, Egypt, Constantinople and the Holy Land, Persia, Armenia, India, China, where he was thought to be a spy for the Pope. Accordingly he was given royal treatment in Beijing. From Macao, he went to the Phillipines before taking a six-month horrendous journey to Acapulco, New Spain. The entire five year journey was described in his 6 volume "Giro Intorno al Mondo" (1699), of which this is the sixth volume of its 1719 French translation. Gemelli was a celebrity. He carefully studied much of contemporary Mexico, including the flora, silver mines and the archaeological site of Teotihuacan. He comments on Peru, Jamaica, etc The author found his way to Vera Cruz and then to Havana, from there returning to Spain and ultimately to Italy via a treasure fleet. His treatise was originally thought by some to be a fabrication, but the authenticity of these volumes has been confirmed. This sixth volume on Mexico, a "rediscovery" of the country and so entertaining and informative to Europeans, was considered the best volume on that country until Humboldt's 19th century scientific report (Ernest J. Burris, S.J.). Humboldt, himself, emphasized the authenticity of this volume. (An English translation appears in Churchill's "Compendium of Authentic Voyages", 1756). Mild wear at edges and ends of spine, edges and corners of boards. (? Worm-) hole near head of spine. Else, Very Good. Sabin 26850Ð51. Full contemporary calf binding on 5 bands. Elaborate gilt decoration in each compartment. Titling on spine in gilt. French marbled end papers (see on-line copy from Ashmolean Library for similar marbling). All edges marbled. First Edition in French. A translation of the 1699 Italian edition (First Edition). Bookseller Inventory # 10998

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Title: Voyage du Tour du Monde, Traduit de ...

Publisher: Paris. Etienne Ganeau .

Publication Date: 1719

Illustrator: Illustrated. Wood engravings of various plants, including avocado, vanilla, cacao, etc. and a folding map of the environs of Mexico City and Teotihuacan.

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