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FEYNES, Henri de, Voyage faict par terre depuis Paris jusques a la Chine, Paris: Pierre Rocolet, 1630, 230 pp.
This overland voyage seems to have gone via Alep, Babylone, Perse, Espan, Ormous. From 85p the voyage enters the Royaume du Grand Mogor, and discusses Cambaye and Sourate, Diou, Calicul (119p), Cannenor (123p), Bombasse (127p), Cochin (134p), Zeilan (139p), and then reaches Moloques on 146p and onto Maquau (154p) and Chine. The return journey from Canton to Macan and Pegou starts on 177p and goes via Camboge and Sion. From Sion the writer takes a Portuguese ship to Couchin and then overland to Bisnegat (182p), and then Goa to take a ship to Mosambicq and then back to Lisbonne. The voyage seemed to take 4 years, however it is not clear when it took place as no dates are mentioned.
LE TELIER, Jean, Voyage faict aux indes Orientales par Jean le Telier natif de Dieppe, reduit par luy en tables pour enseigner à trouver par la variation de l’aymant, la longitude és dites Indes & en quelques autres endroicts du Monde aussy asseurement comme on faict la latitude par la hauteur du soleil & des estoiles, avec plusieurs autres utilitez que l’on reçoit par la cognoissance de la variation de l’aymant, pour le soulagement des navigateurs, Dieppe: Acher, 1631, 27 pp.
This text is part of a book called Voyages DOU 1607 which also contains Histoire Universelle des Indes Occidentales and Histoire Universelle des Indes Orientales.
The page numbering in this reference is not continuous and seems to be out of order. However the first 11 numbered pages describe aspects of navigation including to the Indes Orientales. After that the pages feature a navigation table with text on the opposite page.
The text of the voyage now starts on p. 3 with the ship leaving Dieppe on 2 October 1619. By 15 February 1620 they are near Tristan de Cogne and by 16 May in Madagascar and heading towards the Red Sea. They get the first signs of the coast of Goa on 20 September 1620. They then continue down the Malabar coast (p. 11) and around Cap de Comory. The next dates listed are 1 February 1622 in Sumatra after nearly one year at Achin, 20 April 1622 when nearing the Cape of Good Hope, 6 July 1622 reaching Ascension Isle and 3 November 1622 when they arrive at the Lizard. It does not seem that the voyage stopped in Inde.
BERGERON, Pierre. Relation des voyages en Tartarie de fr. G. de Rubruquis, fr. J. du Plan Carpin, fr. Ascelin, & autres religieux de S. François & S. Dominique, qui y furent envoyéz par le Pape Innocent IV. & le roy S. Louys. Plus un traicté des Tartares … Avec un abrégé de l’histoire des Sarasins et Mahométans … Le tout recueilly par P. Bergeron. Paris: G. Josse, 1634, 871pp.
This book is divided into 3 parts, with each part having separate page numbering.
Part 1, 492p, is the relation of the voyage to Tarterie and does not mention Inde.
Part 2, 252p, is a tract about the Tartares, the people and their origins, but includes discussion of the spice trade and includes rivers, 155-164p, and places in Inde, 180p.
Part 3, 127p, is a history of the Sarasins and this has a section on the mores of “Mahometas es Indes Orientales”, 110p, which mentions places such as Malabar, Coromandel etc. and on 111-13p discusses l’Inde vers Decan and Deli etc.
BLAEU, Willem, and BLAEU, Jan. Le theâtre du monde, ou nouvel atlas, contenant les chartes et descriptions de tous les païs de la terre. Mis en lumière par Guillaume et Jean Blaeu. 2 vol. Amsterdam: G. & J. Bleau, 1635, ??pp.
There are multiple editions of this atlas from 1633 onwards which seem to be collector’s items and are not available online. The 2 volumes are in large format, approximately 50cm x 33cm. There is no page or chapter numbering.
Atlas I – At the start of the atlas there is a section on Asia with a map which includes Inde. There is a general description of Asia and how is it divided, including a description of its rivers including le Gange. The rest of this volume describes France and other countries in Europe.
Atlas II – continues with Europe but at about 3/4 of the way through the book there is a chapter on Chine and Japon and after that “Les Indes”. There are 3 pages in total for Les Indes with 2 pages of text and a map of “India Orientalis” in between – this includes Inde and is marked with many towns and cities in Inde. The text on page 1 of Les Indes commences with the “Bornes” and “Division” and then goes onto describe “Royaumes” including that of the Grand Mogol, followed by Cambaja, Decam, Goa and Malabar. Page 2 of the text continues with Marsingue, S. Thomas, Orixa, Bengala and then onto Aracum & Pegu and Siam. The following chapter is “Les Isles des Indes” which includes Les Maldives, Zeylon, Sumatra etc.