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    Ex Libris Jean R. Perrette: Important Travel, Exploration & Cartography

    5 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 319

    CHAMPLAIN, Samuel de. Les Voyages de la Nouvelle France occidentale, dicte Canada faits par le Sr Champlain Xainctongeois, Capitaine pour le Roy en la Marine du Ponant, & toutes les Descouvertes qu'il a faites en ce paos depuis l'an 1603. Iusques en l'an 1629. Paris: Pierre le Mur, 1632.

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    CHAMPLAIN, Samuel de. Les Voyages de la Nouvelle France occidentale, dicte Canada faits par le Sr Champlain Xainctongeois, Capitaine pour le Roy en la Marine du Ponant, & toutes les Descouvertes qu'il a faites en ce paos depuis l'an 1603. Iusques en l'an 1629. Paris: Pierre le Mur, 1632.

    Three parts in one, 4° (218 x 163 mm). Large engraved folding map, "Carte de Nouvelle France" (532 x 873 mm sheet), and 6 engraved illustrations in text (map with a few small holes along folds). 18th-century speckled calf, later morocco lettering piece (some light rubbing); quarter brown morocco slipcase.

    WITH THE RARE AND IMPORTANT MAP: "THE FIRST TO DEPICT THE EXISTENCE OF THE ENTIRE GREAT LAKES NETWORK" (Burden)

    FIRST COLLECTED EDITION, second issue, with the cancelled leaves D2-3 replacing the offensive passage regarding Richelieu. The book was dedicated to Cardinal Richelieu and the cancelled leaves replace a five-line passage which was supposed to be held objectionable by him, namely that great princes might know well how to conduct the government of a kingdom, and yet not know how to sail a ship.

    "This work gives us the first accurate accounts we have of the Indians of the interior of the present State of New York... The most remarkable event in Indian history was caused by Champlain's first visit to the shores of the lake bearing his name. In a conflict between the two named races of savages, he gave the victory to his friends the Abnaquis, by the use of his musket. The Iroquois never forgave the injury, and thousands of Frenchmen were slaughtered to avenge it. The Six Nations always fought with the English against their enemies, and twice nearly destroyed the French colonies with their warriors alone" (Field).

    The map of the Le Mur and Sevestre issues is larger than that of the Collet issue, and bears the legend "Faict en l'an 1632 par le sieur de Champlain." The present example is state 2, with the changes to the eastern side of the Grand Banks, and Cape Breton now depicted with a chain of mountains rather than a lake. The map covers the same territory as Champlain's of circa 1616, but with far greater detail, extending as far south as the Virginia colonies. The Hudson River is here called "Riuere des trettes" and Long Island "Isle de l'Ascension." Alden & Landis 632/22; Bell C246; Burden 237; Church 420; Field 268 (Silvestre imprint); Gagnon 1766; Harrisse 51; Jones Adventures, 101; Jones Checklist, 236; Lande 118 (map in facsimile); McCorkle 632.1; Pilling Algonquian, p. 79; Staton & Tremaine/TPL 26; Streeter sale VI:3621.


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