Volume 11 of the "Histoire générale des Voyages" published by Abbé Prévost, devoted to travels in Guinea, Penin and the entire Coast of Sierra Leone to the Cape of Lope-Consalvo, decorated with a beautiful geographical map filled with the region and eight filled plates representing different period views engraved on wood: Fort St Sebastien in Schama, Fort of Badensteine in Boutri, Fort of Nassau in Mauri, Castle of Anamabo...
Contemporary binding, full marbled tawny sheepskin, decorated spine with raised bands, gilded fleurons and compartments. Title and volume number labels. Red edges. - Lack of fragment at the head cap, two pierced corners, friction of use. A sound volume. Damp stain on all the sheets (see photos), the map is torn (without lack).
The Histoire générale des voyages is a sum in between the travelogue and the historical, geographical and even anthropological treatise. Abbé Prévost carried out a work of "reduction" on the travel accounts compiled by John Green: he translated, cut and harmonised them, added historical links and other narratives, until he created a system where everything is answered. This collection in twenty volumes (15 vols. from 1746 to 1759, followed by 5 posthumous vols. until 1789) reflects the knowledge of the cultured man of the eighteenth century. A great success with his contemporaries, this company was also supported by the royal power, which continued to expand its commercial network throughout the world.
Provenance: ex-libris with coat of arms engraved by Jeanjean.
Histoire générale des voyages ou Nouvelle collection de toutes les relations de voyages par mer et par terre, qui ont été publiées jusqu'au
présent dans les différentes langues de toutes les nations connues : contenant ce qu'il y a de plus remarquable, de plus utile et de mieux avéré dans les pays ou les voyageurs ont pénétré : avec les mœurs des habitans, la religion, les usages, arts, sciences, commerce, manufactures, etc.
Paris, Didot, 1747
Duodecimo (17 x 10 cm) 429pp.