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Rochefort, Charles de, 1605-1683.

Histoire naturelle et morale des iles Antilles de l'Amerique... Avec vn vocabulaire Caraïbe.

Rotterdam: Arnould Leers, 1658

Physical Description: [16], 527, [13] p., [1] leaf of plates : ill., port. ; 24 cm. (4to)

Call number: E658/ R674h cop. 1 & 2

Accession number: 0769, 1338

Notes: Includes "Vocabulaire caraïbe" by Raymond Breton (p. 515-527), listing several hundred French terms with Carib equivalents, grouped in ten thematic categories: Les parties du corps humain; Parenté & alliance; Conditions & qualitez; Actions & Passions; Ménage & trafic; Ornemens & armes; Animaus de terre, d’eau, et d’air; Arbres & plantes; Choses élémentaires & inanimées; Choses spirituelles ou de religion. Book II, chapter 10, consists of “Remarques sur la langues des Caraïbes” (p. 392-399), mainly addressing vocabulary (descriptive glosses in French with few Carib terms), with some notes on pronunciation, intonation, grammar, and registers of speech. Book II, chapter 8 contains brief remarks (p. 363) on the Apalachee language, different in content and placement from those found in some later editions.

Authorship from Echeverria & Wilkie; authorship has also been attributed to Louis de Poincy & to César de Rochefort. JCB has 2 copies, representing 2 different states.

Digital facsimile copy of copy 1 available.

Digital facsimile copy of copy 2 available.

Languages: Carib

Genre: Grammar / Vocabulary

Region: Caribbean Islands