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Tachard (Guy)


Published: t’Amsterdam, Aart Dircksz Oossaan,, 1687

Edition: First Edition

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Gedaan door den ridder de Chaumont, Gezant van zyn allerchristelykste majesteit aan den koning van Siam.

In 't Fransch beschreeven door den vader Guy Tachard, reisgenoot van den gemelden gezant; en uit die taal in 't Nederduitsch gebracht door G.V. Broekhuizen.

Vercierd met schoone kopere figuuren.

First edition: xvi, 294 [14] pages, 13 plates - 8 folded, 4 folding maps, folding plan, rebound in full brown leather with blind tooling on the covers, brown title label gilt on the spine, a very good copy

Additional engraved title page Cape of Good Hope Pages 38 -79, 248 -249

Together with: Chaumont (Alexandre de) Verhaal van het gezentschap der Ridder de Chaumont aan het hof des konings van Siam : met het gedenkwaardigste 't geen geduurendezijn uit het reis voorgevallen is, uit het Fransch in 't Nederduitsch gebracht door G.v. Broekhuizen ... Alexandre de CHAUMONT
84 [4] pages, a very good copy.

Cape of Good Hope pages 3-6, 61 -63

4 copies listed in A South African Bibliography vol 4 page 455

Guy Tachard, Jesuit scientist and missionary, entered the order in 1668. He taught grammar and rhetoric, and studied mathematics in the congregation (fraternity) of St Ignace in the province of Guyenne, in south-western France. During 1680-1684 he accompanied Marshall d'Estres to South Afmerica, for a stay of nearly four years. In 1685 he was included in an expedition sent to the East by King Louis XIV of France. The expedition, led by Chevalier de Chaumont, comprised an embassy to the King of Siam (now Thailand) and a mission of six Jesuit priests who would try to reach China from Siam to study its arts and sciences. The expedition arrived in Table Bay on 31 May 1685 and stayed to 7 June, a period which coincided with a visit to the Cape by Commissioner H.A. van Reede. De Fontaney and Tachard were well received by van Reede and Governor Simon van der Stel and allowed to set up a temporary observatory in a pavilion in the Dutch East India Company's garden, a site where Government House was later built.

  • Overall Condition: A Very Good Copy
  • Size: 8vo (200 x160mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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