Title: Voyages et Decouvertes des Compagnons de Colomb, 1846
Author: Henri Lebrun; Washington Irving
Publisher: Tours, Ad Mame et Cie
A mid 19th century French translation of Irving’s famous work History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus, being a fictionalized biographical account of Christopher Columbus originally published in 1828. The work was the most popular treatment of Columbus in the English-speaking world until the publication of Samuel Eliot Morison's biography Admiral of the Ocean Sea in 1942. It is one of the first examples of American historical fiction and one of several attempts at nationalistic mythmaking undertaken by American writers and poets of the 19th century, which also helped to perpetuate the myth of the flat Earth.
There are three plates present.
This edition is bound in a richly decorated and ornate cartonnage binding of the period, adorned with golden gilt set against white and blue.
One finely decorated cartonnage volume in 12mo, 143+4+4 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the boards, and peeling at the foot of the spine. There is little to no foxing or staining throughout.