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Thévenot, Melcisédec. Relations de divers voyages curieux, ... Paris, 1663-624. c. 1658

Contents and illustrations:
 
Volume I: [8]-52-26-40 [= 44]-12-80-30 [= 28]-24-35-[1]-56-xxv-[2, 1 bl.] pp.
 
[1] general title, in red and black
[2] blank
[3-7] ‘Avis, sur le dessein, & sur l’ordre de ce Recueil’
[8] ‘Table’, in red and black
1-13 ‘Relation des Cosaques’
14-30 ‘Relation des Tartares’
1 folding map (Colchide) bound between pp. 30-31
31-52 ‘Relation de la Colchide ou Mengrellie’, by Archange Lamberti
1-14 ‘Informatione della Giorgia’, by Pietro Della Valle (1627)
15 full-page engraved portrait of Sitti Maani Gioerida Della Valle
15-16 ‘Eloge de Sitti Maani Gioerida’
17-26 ‘Nel funerale di Sitti Maani Gioerida’, by Pietro Della Valle
[1-16] lacking [apparently in all copies, according to Brunet]
17-28 ‘Avis sur la Navigation d’Anthoine Ienkinson en la Mer Caspienne’
29-28 [= 32] ‘Extrait du voyage des Hollandois enuoyez es années 1656. & 1657. ...’
28 [= 32]-40 [= 44] ‘relation de la prise de l’Isle Formosa ... 1661.’
1-12 ‘Relation de la cour du Mogol par le capitaine Hawkins’ (with pp. 7-12 ‘Discours sur les Memoires de Thomas Rhoë)
(p. 12 woodcut of plant)
1-80 ‘Memoires de Thomas Rhoe ... pour les affairs de la Compagnie Angloise des Indes Orientales’
1 folding map facing p. 1 (Indostan) + half-page engraving p. 43 (Dutch fortress)
1-30 [= 28] ‘Voyage de Edouard Terri aux Indes Orientales’ (pagination jumping from ‘6’ to ‘9’)
2 half-page engravings pp. 17, 20 (Indian dress, animals)
1-9 Greek text, by Cosmas Monachus (or Cosmas Indicopleustes [‘Indian voyager’], 6th-c. Greek merchant who travelled to India), p. 8 in red and black
10-24 ‘Description des animaux et des plantes des Indes’, by Cosmas Monachus
p. 2 engraving (animals), p. 23 engraved inscription
double-page engraving (Aramaic text) bound after p. 24
1 folding engraved map (‘Vera delineatio civitatis Bassorae’, Basra)
1-15 ‘Relation des royaumes de Golconda ... Golfe de Bengale’, by Will. Methold
[16] blank]
17-27 ‘Iournal de Pierre Will. Floris. Son voyage à Patane & à Siam’
27-35 ‘Relation du royaume de Siam’, by Joost Schuten
[36] half-page engraving (dodo) 
1-49 ‘Relation ou Iournal du voyage de Bontekoe aux Indes Orientales
50-56 ‘La terre Australe descouverte par le capitaine Pelsart
folding engraved map of Australia (bound between pp. 50-51)
j-xxv ‘Description des Pyramides d’Egypte’, by ‘Iean Greaues’
folding engraved plate facing p. ‘j’ (Egyptian Pyramids) + double-page engraving (Egyptian tomb + mummy, as pp. xxvi-xxvii, p. ‘xxviii’ blank)
 
Volume II: [16]-20-60-128-40-16-48-4 pp.
 
[1] title (dated 1664) [p. (6) ‘Acheué d’imprimer ... le 25. Octobre 1664.’]
[2] blank
[3-5] ‘Au Roy’, signed Thévenot
[6] blank
[7-8] ‘Avis sur l’ordre des pieces ...’
[9] ‘Extrait du Privilege’, dated 18 February 1663, registered 23 April 1663
[10] blank
[11-13] ‘Relation de l’estat present du commerce des Hollandois & des Portugais dans les Indes Orientales’
[14-16] ‘Discours sur le profit ... du commerce du Iapon ...’, by Leonard Camps
[16] ‘Extraict d’une lettre ... sur le sujet du commerce du Iapon’
1-20 ‘Tres-humble remontrance ... sur le commerce des Indes Orientales’, by François Pelsa(e)rt
folding map (Madagáscar, here ‘Ilha de São Lourenço’, and the Eastern coast of Africa and the Indian Ocean)
1-60 ‘Routier pour la nauigation des Indes Orientales’, by Aleixo da Motta
1-128 ‘Memoires du voyage aux Indes Orientales’, by General Beaulieu
5 folding engraved maps (Indonesian Archipelago)
1-29 ‘Relation des Isles Philippines’, by Hieronymo de Bañvelos y Carrillo
30-40 ‘Memoire pour le commerce des Isles Philipines’, by Iuan Grau y Montfalcon
1-13 ‘Relation des Isles Philipines, faite par un religieux qui y a demeuré 18. ans’
sm. engraved alphabet (p. 5)
14-16 ‘Relation de la grande Isle de Mindanao’ (1637)
folding engraved map (China, Mindanao, Japan)
1-33 ‘Relation de l’empire du Iapon’, by François Caron
34-48 ‘Recit de la persecution des Chrestiens du Iapon’, by Reyr Gysbertz
half-page engraving (p. 19 - Japanese court of justice)
2 large engravings (p. 30 & 45 - Emperor’s palace, and execution)
[46] blank
1-4 ‘Relation de la découuerte de la Terre d’Eso, au Nord du Iapon’
 
Volume III: [12]-68-27-[1]-216-12 pp.
 
[1] title (dated 1666)
[2] ‘Table des pieces de cette troisiéme partie’
[3] part-title “Ambassade des Hollandois ) la Chine (...)” (dated 1666)
[4] blank
[5-12] ‘Avis ...’
[12] ‘Errata’ & ‘Extrait du Privilege du Roy’
1-14 ‘Briefve relation de la Chine et de la notable conversion ...’, by Michel Boym S.J. (1652)
15-30 ‘Flora Sinensis ...’, by Michel Boym S.J.
3 folding engravings (Chinese fruit) + 1 double-page engraving (Chinese animals and plants)
31-66 ‘Voyage des ambassadeurs de la Compagnie hollandoise des Indes Orientales ... 1656’
2 full-page engravings (Chinese street, and Chinese ceremony)
67-68 ‘Explication des figures’
2 full-page engravings (Chinese temples) + 3 double-page engravings (Chinese military commanders, priests, Chinese princess + soldiers) + 2 folding engravings (Chinese prisoners, Chinese ships)
folding engraved map ‘Route du voyage de Canton à Peking’
1-27 ‘Route du voyage des holandois à Pekin’
[28] ‘Grammaire de la langue des Tartares’
large folding engraved map ‘Imperii Sinarum nova descriptio’
1-214 ‘Description geographique de l’empire de la Chine’
214-216 ‘Addidtion au Royaume du Iapon’
1-10 ‘Rapport que les directeurs de la Compagnie Hollandoise des Indes Orientales ont fait ...’ (1664)
11-12 ‘Chargement des onze navires ... 1664’
 
Volume IV: [4]-14-24-23-[1 bl.]-23-[1]-24-16-4-16-8-[2]-4-40-[2]-58-18-12 pp.
 
[1] title (dated 1672)
[2] blank
[3-4] ‘Avis sur la suite du recueil’
1-14 ‘L’Indien ou Portrait au naturel des Indiens’, by Juan de Palafox
1-24 ‘Relation des voyages du sieur *** dans la riviere de la Plate ... Perou ...’
1-23 ‘Voyage à la Chine des PP. I. Grueber et d’Orville’
(p. 23 small engraved portrait of Adam Schall S.J.)
[24] blank
1-23 ‘Viaggio del P. Giovanni Grueber ... da China in Europa’
[24] full-page engraving (Chinese alphabet)
[1] title ‘Sinarum scientia politico-moralis ...’, i.e. Confucius in Latin translation by Prosper Intorcetta S.J. [large Chinese characters on title-page]
[2] blank
3-24 ‘Sinarum scientia ...’
1-16 ‘Histoire de la Haute Ethiopie’, by Manuel d’Almeida S.J., after Baltasar Tellez S.J.
1-4 ‘Remarques sur les relations d’Ethiopie des RR.PP. Ieronimo Lobo, & de Balthasar Tellez Iesuites’
1-16 ‘Relations du R.P. Ieronymo Lobo de l’empire des Abyssins, des sources du Nil, de la Licorne, &c.’
(p. 16 half-page engraving (palm leaves))
1-8 ‘Decouverte de quelques pays qui sont entre l’empire des Abyssins & la Coste de Melinde’
[1] part-title “Relation du voyage du Sayd ou de la Thebaide ... 1668. par les PP. Protais & Charles-François d’Orleans, Capucins Missionaires’ (dated 1673)
[2] ‘Extrait du Privilege du Roy’
1-4 ‘Relation du voyage du Sayd, ou de la Thebayde ...’
1-40 ‘Relation du Mexique, et de la Nouvelle Espagne, traduit de l’Anglois’, by Thomas Gages
[1] title ‘Histoire de l’ empire Mexicain ...’ (Paris: André Cramoisy)
[2] blank
1-45 ‘Histoire des Mexicains’ = 37 (of 45) full-page woodcuts, lacking quire E = 8 pp.
[46] blank
47-58 ‘Histoire du Mexique par figures expliquées en langue Mexicaine, et depuis en langue Espagnole’
1-18 ‘Voyage de la Tercere, fait par M. le commandeur de Chaste ...’
1-11 ‘Instruction des vents qui se rencontrent (...) entre les Païs bas & l’Isle de Iava’
11-12 ‘Avictuaillement des vaisseaux de guerre ...’ (1661)

Illustrations:
 
43 engravings:
* 13 folding maps:
- Colchis (I)
- Hindustan (I)
- Basra (I)
- Australia (I)
- Madagascar (II)
- 5 maps of the Indonesian Archipelago (II)
- China, Mindanao, Japan (II)
- ‘Route du voyage de Canton à Peking’ (III)
- China ‘Imperii Sinarum nova descriptio’ (III)
* 6 folding plates:
- Egyptian Pyramids (I)
- 3 plates with Chinese fruit (III)
- Chinese prisoners (III)
- Chinese ships (III)
* 6 double-page engravings:
- Aramaic text (I)
- Egyptian tomb + Mummy (I)
- Chinese animals and plants (III)
- Chinese military commanders (III)
- Chinese priests (III)
- Chinese princess + soldiers (III)
* 6 full-page engravings:
- portrait of Sitti Maani Gioerida Della Valle (I)
- Chinese street (III)
- Chinese ceremony (III)
- Chinese temples (III)
- Chinese temples (III)
- Chinese alphabet (IV)
* 2 large engravings:
- Japanese Emperor’s palace (II)
- execution in Japan (II)
* 6 half-page engravings:
- Dutch fortress (I)
- Indian dress (I)
- Indian animals (I)
- dodo (I)
- Japanese court of justice (II)
- palm leaves (IV)
* 4 small engravings:
- animals (I)
- inscription (I)
- Philippine alphabet (II)
- portrait of Adam Schall S.J. (IV)
Woodcuts: 38
1 (I) + 37 in ‘Histoire des Mexicains’ (IV) 
 

Melchisedech Thévenot (1620-1692)

Melchisedech Thévenot was a French diplomat, scientist, and travel writer. He was a scholar with interests in mathematics, physics, and medicine, acting as the patron of several early scientific societies and contributing to the formation of the Académie des Sciences. His early career included two missions to Italy in the 1640s and 1650s, and it was there that he first developed an interest in the study of Oriental languages. In 1663, he published the first part of “Relations de Divers Voyages”, a work that would secure his reputation as one of the essential travel compilers of the seventeenth century. He would publish a second and third part in 1666, a fourth in 1672, and a final fifth part was being assembled in 1692 when Thévenot died.

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Relations de divers voyages curieux, qui n'ont point esté publiées; ou qui ont esté traduits d'Hacluyt, de Purchas, & d'autres Voyageurs Anglais, Hollandois, Portugais, Allemands, Espagnols; et de quelques Persans, Arabes, et autres Auteurs Orientaux. Par

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[Travels] – THÉVENOT, Melchisedec (ed.) – Relations de divers voyages curieux, qui n’ont point esté publiees, ou qui ont esté traduites d’Hacluyt, de Purchas, & d’autres voyageurs anglois, hollandois, portugais, allemands, espagnols, et de quelques Persans, Arabes, et autres auteurs orientaux. Enrichies de figures de plantes non décrites, d’animaux inconnus à l’Europe, & de cartes geographiques de pays dont on n’a point encore donné de cartes. Première (- IV.) partie.

Paris, Jacques Langlois for himself and for Gaspard Meturas, Simon Piget, Emanuel Langlois, Thomas Jolly and Louis Billaine [II: Jacques Langlois; III: Sébastien Mabre-Cramoisy; IV: André Cramoisy], 1663 (I)-1664 (II)-1666 (III)-1672 (IV).

Folio: 4 parts in 2 volumes: (I) [8]-52-26-40 [= 44]-12-80-30 [= 28]-24-35-[1]-56-xxv-[2, 1 bl.] pp.; (II) [16]-20-60-128-40-16-48-4 pp.; (III) [12]-68-27-[1]-216-12 pp.; (IV) [4]-14-24-23-[1 bl.]-23-[1]-24-16-4-16-8-[2]-4-40-[2]-58-18-12 pp.

(lacking - as always -: quire E = 8 pp. of woodcuts of ‘Histoire des Mexicains’ in vol. IV).

Comment:

 The scarce first edition of Melchisedec Thevenot’s (1620-693) “Accounts of several voyages” with several rare and essential maps: the first French map of Australia, Eastern Africa, Southeast Asia and China. Amongst travel collections, Thevenot occupies a distinguished place, being one of the most complete and lavishly produced; its scope includes Africa, the Far East, South East Asia, and America, amongst other places. The relationship with Australia is undoubtedly one of the most significant and primary sources of information on the island. The first three volumes deal predominantly with the Middle and the Far East, including China, Japan, the Philippines, Egypt, India/Mogul Empire, Africa, East Indies, Australia etc.; volume IV deals with China, Ethiopia, Egypt, Mexico, and Java.

 “This first large-scale French travel collection, which was widely read during the Enlightenment, reflected a popular interest not so much in France’s expanding imperial pretensions but rather in collecting and comparing exceptional data concerning foreign lands, a cosmographical precursor to imperialist strivings of later times.”

(Nicolas Dew, Reading travels in the culture of curiosity: Thévenot’s collection of voyages, Journal of Early Modern History, 10, 2006, 39-59 - pdf joined)

 The collection is also of great American interest; it contains Palafox’s study on the natives, Acarette du Biscay’s relation to La Plata and Gage’s relation, which includes an essential passage on Mexico profusely illustrated.

The Tasman map is a cornerstone of Australian cartography, both as the earliest obtainable map of the region and the predominant depiction from which the World would know the island for about a century.


Brunet V, col.810-813

References:

 * Alden/Landis (European Americana): xerox copies added

 * Cordier (Japonica)

 * Cordier (Sinica) 1944-1945

 * DBS (De Backer/Sommervogel): Jesuits

 DBS I:193-194 Emmanuel de Almeyda (1578-1646) - Thévenot IV; DBS II:69-73 Michel Boym (1612-1659) - Thévenot III; DBS III:149 Albert Dorville (1622-1662) - Thévent IV ;DBS III:1884-1886 Johann Gruber (1623-1665) - Thévenot IV; DBS IV:640-643 Prosper Intorcetta (1626-1696) - Thévenot IV; DBS IV:1894-1897 Hieronymys Lobo (1594-1678) - Thévenot IV

 * Landwehr (VOC) 258: extensive description of the share of Dutch travellers

 (VOC) 258 (Ia): Dutch mission of 1656-1657 - Thévenot I; (VOC) 258 (Ib): Joost Schouten - Thévenot I; (VOC) 258 (Ic): Willem IJsbrantsz Bontekoe - Thévenot I; (VOC) 258 (IId): 3 accounts of trade in the Indies - Thévenot II; (VOC) 258 (IIe): François Pelsaert - Thévenot II; (VOC) 258 (IIf): François Caron - Thévenot II; (VOC) 258 (IIIg): missions to China and the Indies, 1653-1657 - Thévenot III

 * Sabin 95333

 * Nicolas Dew, Reading travels in the culture of curiosity: Thévenot’s collection of voyages, Journal of Early Modern History, 10, 2006, 39-59 - pdf joined

 

Contents and illustrations:
 
Volume I: [8]-52-26-40 [= 44]-12-80-30 [= 28]-24-35-[1]-56-xxv-[2, 1 bl.] pp.
 
[1] general title, in red and black
[2] blank
[3-7] ‘Avis, sur le dessein, & sur l’ordre de ce Recueil’
[8] ‘Table’, in red and black
1-13 ‘Relation des Cosaques’
14-30 ‘Relation des Tartares’
1 folding map (Colchide) bound between pp. 30-31
31-52 ‘Relation de la Colchide ou Mengrellie’, by Archange Lamberti
1-14 ‘Informatione della Giorgia’, by Pietro Della Valle (1627)
15 full-page engraved portrait of Sitti Maani Gioerida Della Valle
15-16 ‘Eloge de Sitti Maani Gioerida’
17-26 ‘Nel funerale di Sitti Maani Gioerida’, by Pietro Della Valle
[1-16] lacking [apparently in all copies, according to Brunet]
17-28 ‘Avis sur la Navigation d’Anthoine Ienkinson en la Mer Caspienne’
29-28 [= 32] ‘Extrait du voyage des Hollandois enuoyez es années 1656. & 1657. ...’
28 [= 32]-40 [= 44] ‘relation de la prise de l’Isle Formosa ... 1661.’
1-12 ‘Relation de la cour du Mogol par le capitaine Hawkins’ (with pp. 7-12 ‘Discours sur les Memoires de Thomas Rhoë)
(p. 12 woodcut of plant)
1-80 ‘Memoires de Thomas Rhoe ... pour les affairs de la Compagnie Angloise des Indes Orientales’
1 folding map facing p. 1 (Indostan) + half-page engraving p. 43 (Dutch fortress)
1-30 [= 28] ‘Voyage de Edouard Terri aux Indes Orientales’ (pagination jumping from ‘6’ to ‘9’)
2 half-page engravings pp. 17, 20 (Indian dress, animals)
1-9 Greek text, by Cosmas Monachus (or Cosmas Indicopleustes [‘Indian voyager’], 6th-c. Greek merchant who travelled to India), p. 8 in red and black
10-24 ‘Description des animaux et des plantes des Indes’, by Cosmas Monachus
p. 2 engraving (animals), p. 23 engraved inscription
double-page engraving (Aramaic text) bound after p. 24
1 folding engraved map (‘Vera delineatio civitatis Bassorae’, Basra)
1-15 ‘Relation des royaumes de Golconda ... Golfe de Bengale’, by Will. Methold
[16] blank]
17-27 ‘Iournal de Pierre Will. Floris. Son voyage à Patane & à Siam’
27-35 ‘Relation du royaume de Siam’, by Joost Schuten
[36] half-page engraving (dodo) 
1-49 ‘Relation ou Iournal du voyage de Bontekoe aux Indes Orientales
50-56 ‘La terre Australe descouverte par le capitaine Pelsart
folding engraved map of Australia (bound between pp. 50-51)
j-xxv ‘Description des Pyramides d’Egypte’, by ‘Iean Greaues’
folding engraved plate facing p. ‘j’ (Egyptian Pyramids) + double-page engraving (Egyptian tomb + mummy, as pp. xxvi-xxvii, p. ‘xxviii’ blank)
 
Volume II: [16]-20-60-128-40-16-48-4 pp.
 
[1] title (dated 1664) [p. (6) ‘Acheué d’imprimer ... le 25. Octobre 1664.’]
[2] blank
[3-5] ‘Au Roy’, signed Thévenot
[6] blank
[7-8] ‘Avis sur l’ordre des pieces ...’
[9] ‘Extrait du Privilege’, dated 18 February 1663, registered 23 April 1663
[10] blank
[11-13] ‘Relation de l’estat present du commerce des Hollandois & des Portugais dans les Indes Orientales’
[14-16] ‘Discours sur le profit ... du commerce du Iapon ...’, by Leonard Camps
[16] ‘Extraict d’une lettre ... sur le sujet du commerce du Iapon’
1-20 ‘Tres-humble remontrance ... sur le commerce des Indes Orientales’, by François Pelsa(e)rt
folding map (Madagáscar, here ‘Ilha de São Lourenço’, and the Eastern coast of Africa and the Indian Ocean)
1-60 ‘Routier pour la nauigation des Indes Orientales’, by Aleixo da Motta
1-128 ‘Memoires du voyage aux Indes Orientales’, by General Beaulieu
5 folding engraved maps (Indonesian Archipelago)
1-29 ‘Relation des Isles Philippines’, by Hieronymo de Bañvelos y Carrillo
30-40 ‘Memoire pour le commerce des Isles Philipines’, by Iuan Grau y Montfalcon
1-13 ‘Relation des Isles Philipines, faite par un religieux qui y a demeuré 18. ans’
sm. engraved alphabet (p. 5)
14-16 ‘Relation de la grande Isle de Mindanao’ (1637)
folding engraved map (China, Mindanao, Japan)
1-33 ‘Relation de l’empire du Iapon’, by François Caron
34-48 ‘Recit de la persecution des Chrestiens du Iapon’, by Reyr Gysbertz
half-page engraving (p. 19 - Japanese court of justice)
2 large engravings (p. 30 & 45 - Emperor’s palace, and execution)
[46] blank
1-4 ‘Relation de la découuerte de la Terre d’Eso, au Nord du Iapon’
 
Volume III: [12]-68-27-[1]-216-12 pp.
 
[1] title (dated 1666)
[2] ‘Table des pieces de cette troisiéme partie’
[3] part-title “Ambassade des Hollandois ) la Chine (...)” (dated 1666)
[4] blank
[5-12] ‘Avis ...’
[12] ‘Errata’ & ‘Extrait du Privilege du Roy’
1-14 ‘Briefve relation de la Chine et de la notable conversion ...’, by Michel Boym S.J. (1652)
15-30 ‘Flora Sinensis ...’, by Michel Boym S.J.
3 folding engravings (Chinese fruit) + 1 double-page engraving (Chinese animals and plants)
31-66 ‘Voyage des ambassadeurs de la Compagnie hollandoise des Indes Orientales ... 1656’
2 full-page engravings (Chinese street, and Chinese ceremony)
67-68 ‘Explication des figures’
2 full-page engravings (Chinese temples) + 3 double-page engravings (Chinese military commanders, priests, Chinese princess + soldiers) + 2 folding engravings (Chinese prisoners, Chinese ships)
folding engraved map ‘Route du voyage de Canton à Peking’
1-27 ‘Route du voyage des holandois à Pekin’
[28] ‘Grammaire de la langue des Tartares’
large folding engraved map ‘Imperii Sinarum nova descriptio’
1-214 ‘Description geographique de l’empire de la Chine’
214-216 ‘Addidtion au Royaume du Iapon’
1-10 ‘Rapport que les directeurs de la Compagnie Hollandoise des Indes Orientales ont fait ...’ (1664)
11-12 ‘Chargement des onze navires ... 1664’
 
Volume IV: [4]-14-24-23-[1 bl.]-23-[1]-24-16-4-16-8-[2]-4-40-[2]-58-18-12 pp.
 
[1] title (dated 1672)
[2] blank
[3-4] ‘Avis sur la suite du recueil’
1-14 ‘L’Indien ou Portrait au naturel des Indiens’, by Juan de Palafox
1-24 ‘Relation des voyages du sieur *** dans la riviere de la Plate ... Perou ...’
1-23 ‘Voyage à la Chine des PP. I. Grueber et d’Orville’
(p. 23 small engraved portrait of Adam Schall S.J.)
[24] blank
1-23 ‘Viaggio del P. Giovanni Grueber ... da China in Europa’
[24] full-page engraving (Chinese alphabet)
[1] title ‘Sinarum scientia politico-moralis ...’, i.e. Confucius in Latin translation by Prosper Intorcetta S.J. [large Chinese characters on title-page]
[2] blank
3-24 ‘Sinarum scientia ...’
1-16 ‘Histoire de la Haute Ethiopie’, by Manuel d’Almeida S.J., after Baltasar Tellez S.J.
1-4 ‘Remarques sur les relations d’Ethiopie des RR.PP. Ieronimo Lobo, & de Balthasar Tellez Iesuites’
1-16 ‘Relations du R.P. Ieronymo Lobo de l’empire des Abyssins, des sources du Nil, de la Licorne, &c.’
(p. 16 half-page engraving (palm leaves))
1-8 ‘Decouverte de quelques pays qui sont entre l’empire des Abyssins & la Coste de Melinde’
[1] part-title “Relation du voyage du Sayd ou de la Thebaide ... 1668. par les PP. Protais & Charles-François d’Orleans, Capucins Missionaires’ (dated 1673)
[2] ‘Extrait du Privilege du Roy’
1-4 ‘Relation du voyage du Sayd, ou de la Thebayde ...’
1-40 ‘Relation du Mexique, et de la Nouvelle Espagne, traduit de l’Anglois’, by Thomas Gages
[1] title ‘Histoire de l’ empire Mexicain ...’ (Paris: André Cramoisy)
[2] blank
1-45 ‘Histoire des Mexicains’ = 37 (of 45) full-page woodcuts, lacking quire E = 8 pp.
[46] blank
47-58 ‘Histoire du Mexique par figures expliquées en langue Mexicaine, et depuis en langue Espagnole’
1-18 ‘Voyage de la Tercere, fait par M. le commandeur de Chaste ...’
1-11 ‘Instruction des vents qui se rencontrent (...) entre les Païs bas & l’Isle de Iava’
11-12 ‘Avictuaillement des vaisseaux de guerre ...’ (1661)

Illustrations:
 
43 engravings:
* 13 folding maps:
- Colchis (I)
- Hindustan (I)
- Basra (I)
- Australia (I)
- Madagascar (II)
- 5 maps of the Indonesian Archipelago (II)
- China, Mindanao, Japan (II)
- ‘Route du voyage de Canton à Peking’ (III)
- China ‘Imperii Sinarum nova descriptio’ (III)
* 6 folding plates:
- Egyptian Pyramids (I)
- 3 plates with Chinese fruit (III)
- Chinese prisoners (III)
- Chinese ships (III)
* 6 double-page engravings:
- Aramaic text (I)
- Egyptian tomb + Mummy (I)
- Chinese animals and plants (III)
- Chinese military commanders (III)
- Chinese priests (III)
- Chinese princess + soldiers (III)
* 6 full-page engravings:
- portrait of Sitti Maani Gioerida Della Valle (I)
- Chinese street (III)
- Chinese ceremony (III)
- Chinese temples (III)
- Chinese temples (III)
- Chinese alphabet (IV)
* 2 large engravings:
- Japanese Emperor’s palace (II)
- execution in Japan (II)
* 6 half-page engravings:
- Dutch fortress (I)
- Indian dress (I)
- Indian animals (I)
- dodo (I)
- Japanese court of justice (II)
- palm leaves (IV)
* 4 small engravings:
- animals (I)
- inscription (I)
- Philippine alphabet (II)
- portrait of Adam Schall S.J. (IV)
Woodcuts: 38
1 (I) + 37 in ‘Histoire des Mexicains’ (IV) 
 

Melchisedech Thévenot (1620-1692)

Melchisedech Thévenot was a French diplomat, scientist, and travel writer. He was a scholar with interests in mathematics, physics, and medicine, acting as the patron of several early scientific societies and contributing to the formation of the Académie des Sciences. His early career included two missions to Italy in the 1640s and 1650s, and it was there that he first developed an interest in the study of Oriental languages. In 1663, he published the first part of “Relations de Divers Voyages”, a work that would secure his reputation as one of the essential travel compilers of the seventeenth century. He would publish a second and third part in 1666, a fourth in 1672, and a final fifth part was being assembled in 1692 when Thévenot died.