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Sammlung mehrer Geschichte, etc., Brandenburg, 1783. In English: Purchas's Pilgrimes; Harris's Collection of Voyages, vol. 1 ; The World Displayed, London, 1774-8, vol. 10 ; Duncan's Mariner s Chronicle, 1805, vol. 4.
A few words are necessary upon the authorship of these volumes. Prone as bibliographers are to the discovery of mare's-nests, it will certainly surprise all readers, who are even tolerably acquainted with the geographical and ethnographical knowledge of the period, to learn that Pyrard figures in the blacklist of M. Querard's Supercheries Litteraires DevoiUes. On investigation of this charge, it is found to rest upon several authorities of the seventeenth century, though none of them can be assigned to an earlier period than 1650. They would seem to be independent, and are certainly conflicting. None of these dicta are dated ; approximately, however, they come in the following order:
(1.) Samuel Sorbiere [b. 1615, d. 1670] has this note on Pyrard in his Sorberianal:
aLes voiages de Pirard, en deux volumes, ou Pauteur saamuse e nous raconter beaucoup de petites avantures parti-eulieres, que le lecteur lit avec autant de degout quail les ecri-voit sans doute avecque plaisir. Tout ce que jay apris fut Thistoire du Cocos, dont il parle fort long. On maassure que
le livre avoit ^te compost par Mr. B......sur les memoires
de Pirard Chirurgien, assez idiot, et qui naeut pas 4t6 capable de former un diseours de longue balame^ (p. 195).
The two vol. edition referred to, of which Sorbiere
1 Sorberiana, sive Excerpt a ex ore Samuel is Sorbiere. Toulouse, 1694.1 Sorberiana, sive Excerpt a ex ore Samuel is Sorbiere. Toulouse, 1694.