Gallia sive Francorvm regis dominiis et opibus commentarius.

Lvgdvni Batavorvm: ex officina Elzeviriana, 1629. Second edition (correcting errors in the first edition, also published 1629), 24mo, pp. [12]. 443; handsome engraved title-page; ex-library copy in contemporary Dutch vellum with yapp edges, title in manuscript direct on spine, adhesive label at lower spine, purple stamps on title, p. 215, and p. 443 (letterpress nonetheless legible), mss. library notes on dedication page, and contemporary ownership signature in the bottom margin of title; the vellum soiled and stained, but overall good and sound or better. Laet (1581-1649) the Leiden-educated polymath who was the director of the Dutch West India Company and the Dutch royal family's official translator, edited 8--and possibly 11--of the 33 titles in the Elzevir Respublicae series. In Gallia, he offers chapters on several regions (including the Basque region), the monetary system, marriage and death, and a wide variety of other topics; he is silent, however, on French activities in the New World. Copinger 1324; Willems 311. Item #26523

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