Paris: J. Richer, 1605. Engraved additional title page, [4 lvs.], 498 leaves, [2 lvs.]. (Leaves incorrectly numbered: 113, 152, 175, 196, 209, 216, 241, 286, 317, 385, 389, 405, 409, 414, 482). Engraved title with vignette of Henri IV, signed I de Weert. 16mo. Full contemporary vellum with manuscript title. First edition, second issue. Very good, vellum soiled, lacking free endpapers, a few leaves soiled, very minor dampstaining to a few corners; remnant of later bookseller ticket on verso of engraved title, modern dealer's tag on front pastedown, notations on verso of title crossed through. European Americana 605/21; JCB II:34; Palau 50667; Sabin 11627n. Harrisse 395. Alden 117. Item #43908
The rare first edition (second issue with leaves 20 and 207 numbered correctly, and leaf 207 correctly foliated. A second edition was also published in 1605). The final two unnumbered leaves are errata, extract of the privilege and permission to print, and signed in print Maclot, dated Paris, February 28, 1605. Spine title is: Histoire de la paix sovs Henri IV. "Contains details of voyages to the East and West Indies, more particularly Canada. from 1598 to 1604. The first edition was Paris. 1605" (Sabin). Contains one of the earliest accounts of Champlain's voyage to North America. The detailed account is is based on Champlain's book "Des Sauvages: ou voyage de Samuel Champlain, de Brouages, faite en la France nouvelle l'an 1603, which discussed the expedition to North America on a fur-trading trip led by François Gravé Du Pont for Aymar de Chaste, in which Champlain mapped the Saint Lawrence River. There is also much on the activities of the Jesuits in New Grenada, Peru, the Philippines, Japan, China, and other areas. This issue with the engraved title found is some copies, but not mentioned by Sabin or Alden & Landis.