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lalnde Orientale, daAfrique e du Bresil, il en fait une bien particuliere des Isles Maldiues, qui naestoient quasi cognues que de nom auparavanta (p. 195).
This is followed by a note on Mocquet, the well-known voyager whom Pyrard met in India.
In neither of these passages does Bergeron drop the slightest hint that he was personally responsible for Pyrardas book. This omission is by Tallemant des Reaux attributed to modesty, and the voyages of Vincent le Blanc are instanced as an example of like magnanimity. Now the first edition of Le Blanc was published in 1648. The title-page informs us, a Le tout recueilly de ses mcmoires par le sieur Coulon.a The so-called second edition was issued in 1649, but this is the same as the former in all respects except the title-page, where, in place of the above, we have a Redigez fidellement sur ses mcmoires et registres tirez de la Bibliotheque de Monsieur de Peiresc, conseiller au Parlement de Provence et enrichis de trcs-curieuses observations par Pierre Bergeron Parisien.a Peiresc died in 1637; and thus the sting of Tallemantas gibe, that Bergeron wrote the real Le Blanc, and that a some onea after Peirescas death added the worthless matter, is removed. Either Bergeron edited the edition of 1648 under the name of Coulon, or his name was used in 1649 to sell the aremaindera of a book which had not gone off well.
Even assuming that Bergeron did write or edit the Le Blanc voyages, a superficial comparison of that hook with Pyrardas will prove, independently of theEven assuming that Bergeron did write or edit the Le Blanc voyages, a superficial comparison of that hook with Pyrarda s will prove, independently of the