A complete topography of Portugal and the Portugese colonies

(CORMATIN, P.M.F.D. DE.) Voyage du ci-devant Duc du Chatelet en Portugal, ou se trouvent Des détails très intéressans sur ses Colonies, sur le Tremblement de terre de Lisbonne, sur M. de Pombal et la Cour; revue, corrigé sur le manuscrit, et augmenté de Notes sur la situation actuelle de ce Royaume et de ses Colonies, Par J.Fr. Bourgoing, ci-devant Ministre plénipotentiaire de la République française en Espagne, ….. Avec la Carte de Portugal, et la Vue de la Baie de Lisbonne. Tome Premier [-Tome Second]. A Paris, Chez F. Buisson, An VI de la République (1797). With two folding plates, one a large detailed plate of Portugal, the other a view of Lisbon Bay. Two volumes in one. [2], viii, 268 pp; [2], 260 pp. 8vo. Contemporary half calf, marbled boards, spine gilt in compartments, label with gilt lettering.

€ 900

JFBL C-622 (under Cormatin); Borba de Moraes, vol. i, p. 179 (under Chatelet): “This is a classic work about Portugal, with several chapters on Brazil, ….”; Chadenat 2058 (under Bourgoing). First edition and quite scarce, of this interesting work on Portugal: a complete topography of Portugal and the Portugese colonies in the world with interesting sections on Brazil, but deals also with Portugese possessions or settlements in Africa, with Madeira and the Azores, Cape Verde, etc. “A general survey of the political and economic situation in Portugal, with extensive infomation on overseas trade” (JFBL). Over time, various names have been suggested as author but today most copies listed in library catalogues give Cormatin as the author, usually based on the following: “Le véritable auteur de ce livre est Desotteux, officier de l’état-major de l’armée de Rochambeau, plus connu sous le nom de Cormartin. Le duc du Chatelet n’a jamais été en Portugal” (Barbier IV, 1080.) However, the preface of the work claims that this work was based on a manuscript by the Duc de Chatelet, edited, improved and with added notes by the anonymous editor. Other names given as possible authors are (obviously) the Duc de Chatelet and J.F. Bourgoin.