Dellon, Charles. Relation de l’Inquisition de Goa.

AUCTION 75 | Thursday, March 08th, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Auction of Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Antiquities, Ceremonial Objects & Graphic Art

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Lot 188

Dellon, Charles. Relation de l’Inquisition de Goa.

<<First French Edition and First Illustrated Edition.>> Six engraved plates (three double-page) by Cornelis I. Vermeulen after P. Sevin. Pictorial vignettes in text. Engraved printer’s device on title. pp. (24), 437, (25). Stained in places, one plate partially colored in red, one plate with marginal tear not affecting image. Contemporary mottled calf, rubbed. 12mo.


Est: $1,000 - $1,500
An important account of the ordeal of the French physician, Charles Dellon (1649-1709) who, while traveling in India in 1673, had the misfortune to fall into the hands of the Portuguese Inquisition in Goa. He underwent torture while imprisoned before he was finally released after two years by the Grand Tribunal, Lisbon. Dellon’s first edition was published in Leiden in 1687 (with no illustrations) and was subsequently published many times despite being placed on the Catholic Church’s Index Librorum Prohibitorum in 1690.