AndrŽ Thevet's North America: A Sixteenth-Century View

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1986 - History - 292 pages
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André Thevet was one of the most widely travelled Frenchmen of the sixteenth century, visiting almost all the main countries and regions of western Europe, the Near East, and Brazil. He served four consecutive French kings, beginning with Henry II, as Royal Cosmographer and "garde des singularitez." As cosmographer, he wrote three major books dealing with the discovery and subsequent exploration of the New World: Les Singularitez de la France antarctique (1556), La Cosmographie universelle (1575), and the Grand Insulaire (unpublished, 1586). Although the portions of these works devoted to South America have received considerable attention from scholars, Thevet's work on North America has remained inaccessible to students of the Age of Discovery. Professors Schlesinger and Stabler have now added Thevet to the list of enjoyable books by early European explorers of North America.
 

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Maps xii Preface
xiii
Cosmographie universelle Book 23
23
On the Utility of the Said Country of Canada and
45
History of Three French Persons Being in NewLand
62
Grand Insulaire
70
Isle of the Assumption
87
Isle of the Assumption Continuation 709
109
Description de plusieurs isles
123
Grand Insulaire
159
On the Customs of the Country of the Mexicans
198
Description de plusieurs isles
270
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Page 273 - Histoire d'André Thevet Angoumoisin, cosmographe du Roy, de deux voyages par luy faits aux Indes Australes, et Occidentales. Contenant la façon de vivre des peuples Barbares, et observation des principaux points que doivent tenir en leur route les Pilotes, et mariniers, pour éviter le naufrage, et autres dangers de ce grand Océan, avec une response aux libelles d'injures, publiées contre le chevalier Villegagnon (Écrit en 1393).
Page 273 - Histoire des plus illustres et sçavans hommes de leurs siècles. Tant de l'Europe, que de l'Asie, Afrique & Amerique.
Page 272 - Les vrais pourtraits et vies des hommes illustres gréez, latins et payens, recueilliz de leurs tableaux, livres, médalles antiques et modernes, Paris, 1584. Pour plus de commodité, on abrégera ce titre en •Hommes illustres».

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