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Rare Books

Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Curator of Rare Books

In addition to the Kane and McCormick Collections (see AMERICANA in this Guide), the Library has a substantial number of such accounts, which are classified between Ex 1003 and Ex 1999. The following notes only hint at what the Library has.

The Julian W. Feiss '27 Collection of Africana concentrates on works dealing with African travel experiences of Europeans (19th century). See: Edward A. Tiryakian '52, "An important addition to Princeton's Africana" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXIII, 4 (Summer, 1964) pp. 178-181 [ full text].

A collection purchased from Gilbert Chinard (some 500 volumes) ranges over a very broad area of subjects but includes noteworthy volumes of travel accounts and imaginary voyages. It includes, among others,


1. Anacharsis Brissot de Warvill. Voyage au Guazacoalcos, aux Antilles et aux Etats-Unis (Paris, 1837).

2. Dralsé de Grandpierre. Relation de Divers Voyages Faits dans l'Afrique, dans l'Amérique, & aux Indes Occidentales (Paris, 1718).

3.Relation d'un Voyage du Pole Arctique au Pole Anarctique par le Centre du Monde (Amsterdam, 1723).

4. Simon Tyssot de Patot. La Vie, les Avantures, & le Voyage de Groenland du Révérend Père Cordelier Pierre de Mésange (Amsterdam, 1720).

5. Gabriel de Foigny. Les Aventures de Jacques Sadeur (several editions).

6. Simon Tyssot de Patot. Voyages et Aventures de Jacques Massé (several editions).


The accounts also include, as a gift from Timothy N. Pfeiffer '08, the handsomely printed and illustrated Historiale description de l'Afriqve, published by Jean Temporal at Lyons in 1556 [(Ex) 1804.579.11q]; the first French edition (Paris, 1686) of Exquemelin's famous history of the buccaneers (the fountain-head of all pirate stories) [(Ex) 1330.332.12]; and the author's presentation copy of Claude Le Beau's Avantures du Sr. C. Le Beau, avocat en parlement, ou Voyage curieux et nouveau parmi les Sauvages de l'Amérique Septentrionale (Amsterdam, 1738) [(Ex) 1070.569].