Choix de voyages dans les quatre parties du monde,
ou précis des voyages les plus intéressants, par terre et par mer, entrepris depuis l'année 1806 jusqu'à ce jour.Paris: à la Librairie Nationale et Étrangère et chez Locard et Davi, 1821-22 Stock Code: 146684
First edition of this rich account of voyages worldwide up to the date of publication, with an expansive and detailed glossary, presented here in an attractive contemporary binding.
Originally from Ireland Jacques Mac Carthy (1785-1835) went into service in the French army in 1800, became a battalion commander, and in 1830 became head of the statistics section at the War Depot. He was a member of the Geographical Society and in this role published the present work and several other geographical texts. His wife, Alexandrine-Louise Mac Carthy née Rossignol, was patented as a bookseller on 6 April 1821.
10 volumes, octavo (201 x 127 mm). Contemporary green marbled paper covered boards, spines ruled in gilt in compartments, titles in gilt to black calf labels, plain endpapers, edges speckled brown, green silk book markers.
Frontispieces, 5 of which folding maps, and 15 engraved plates.
Neat repair to tear to map in vol. I., small tear at fold to map in vol. V, marginal tear to map in vol. VII, tear to pp. 423-4 of vol. I and pp. 165-68 of vol. VII, pp. 183-6 and plate slightly loose in vol. VII damp marks to first few leaves of vol. VI. Small piece of tissue paper with manuscript inscription tipped in to first page of vol. IX, Spines and boards rubbed, wear to ends and tips, a little soiling and faint browning to covers, light foxing and occasional marking to varying levels across contents; remaining an attractive set in very good condition.
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