• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 205

    COLDEN, Cadwallader (1688-1776). The History of the Five Indian Nations of Canada on the Province of New-York in America, and are the Barrier between the English and French in the Part of the World. London: T. Osborne, 1755.

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    COLDEN, Cadwallader (1688-1776). The History of the Five Indian Nations of Canada on the Province of New-York in America, and are the Barrier between the English and French in the Part of the World. London: T. Osborne, 1755.

    2 volumes, 12o (167 x 98 mm). Engraved folding map (some minor browning). Contemporary calf (some abrasions to sides). Provenance: John Montresor (1736-1799), military engineer (his signature on title).

    Third English Edition of the "first history of the Iroquois Confederation" (Howes) published with considerable alterations and additions from the 1727 first edition printed in New York. Colden offers a sympathetic view of the Iroquois confederacy, provides a list of tribal names used by the French, discusses the form of government among the Five Nations and relates the history of contacts between them, the French and the English settlers, often drawing on French authorities. John Montresor was an important British military engineer and cartographer. "He was with General James Wolfe at Quebec the following year [1759], and with General James Murray on the final Quebec campaign. In 1761 and 1762 he made difficult overland trips from Quebec to the old colonies, mapping hitherto unexplored territory in the process. His maps and diaries formed the guide for Benedict Arnold's 1775 expedition against Quebec" (DNB). Howes C-560; Sabin 14275. (2)


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