Amsterdam: Michel Colin, 1622. First Latin edition. Hardcover. An extremely important account of the New World and the Pacific, publishing for the first time the true account of Le Maire - Schouten's expedition around the world. Schilder cites this expedition as "the last expedition of the 17th century to search for Terra Australis from the East". In entering the Pacific from this direction, the expedition avoided the VOC monopoly of the Straits of Magellan by rounding and naming Cape Horn. It recounts the first voyage around Cape Horn and has the first image of California as an island.
First Latin edition which is greatly expanded from the original Spanish edition of 1601 and published in the same year as a French and Dutch edition. All 1622 editions used the same maps. LeMaire's significant discoveries are illustrated in four of the finely engraved maps including the large folding map of the Pacific. Besides deriving a new route into the Pacific, the discoveries were used by all the great explorers that followed: Tasman, Bougainville and Cook.
The first two parts of the book concentrate on knowledge of the New World. The added engraved title page has the first depiction of California as an island. The very fine maps of Central and South America and the Pacific coast added a great deal of new geographical knowledge.
The second part contains the description of Le Maire's (1585 - 1616) voyage. The third part, "Descriptio Indiae Occidentalis," is by Pedro Ordonez de Ceballas, and the fourth part, "Brevis ac Succinta Americanae," is by Petrus Bertius.
Folio, 4 parts in one. Printed and bound in leaves, i.e. one leaf is 2 printed pages. Added engraved title, printed title, (ii) Preface, 44 leaves, (i) (45) 46 - 81, (1), 9, 11. 17 engraved folding maps (one a larger folding chart) and 5 large text engravings. Without the Le Maire portrait only found in some copies (not called for in the list of plates). Handsomely rebound in period style full calf boards by Courtland Benson. Some light marginal browning, overall a very nice copy.
References: European Americana 622/70; Wagner Spanish Southwest 12C; Sabin 31540; Borba de Moraes I: 400; JCB Vol. II, p. 165-166; Kroepelien 561; Schilder 'Australia Unveiled' p. 32 -36; Burden (maps) p. 195 - 198, p. 201 - 206. A very nice copy. Item #23617