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(FOIGNY, Gabriel de). Nouveau voyage de la Terre Australe One of the earliest and best imaginary voyages to Australia in a mysterious, dated binding.
“Paris, Claude Barbin, 1693. 12mo. Contemporary mottled calf, spine ribbed and gilt, front cover with a mysterious decoration, probably an anagram: three lines each with three gilt letters: first line: ‘V.G.G.’ second line ‘L.D.S.’, third line ‘M.Z.B.’, and below the date ‘1694’ in gilt, red sprinkled edges. Title printed in red and black. (12), 177 pp.
Revised edition of Gabriel de Foigny’s famous utopian novel and imaginary voyage by the hermaphrodite Jacques Sadeur to Australia (Terre Australe), where he met with an utopian society. This is the first time the term ‘Australiens’ is used for the inhabitants of Terre Australe, the southern continent. The present edition is revised by the abbot François Raguenet, who made many alterations in the text and omitted many (impious and licentious) passages. The first edition was published by Jacques Verneuil at Geneva (‘Vannes’) in 1676 titled: La Terre Australe connue … A second, revised edition appeared at Paris in 1692 at the same publisher as the present copy. “