• 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 219

    HENNEPIN, Louis (1640-?1705). A New Discovery of a vast Country in America, Extending above Four Thousand Miles, between New France and New Mexico. With a Description of the Great Lakes, Cataracts, Rivers, Plants, and Animals. London: Printed for M. Bentley, J. Tonson, H. Bonwick, T. Goodwin, and S. Manship, 1698.

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    HENNEPIN, Louis (1640-?1705). A New Discovery of a vast Country in America, Extending above Four Thousand Miles, between New France and New Mexico. With a Description of the Great Lakes, Cataracts, Rivers, Plants, and Animals. London: Printed for M. Bentley, J. Tonson, H. Bonwick, T. Goodwin, and S. Manship, 1698.

    2 volumes in one, 8o (182 x 115 mm). 2 engraved folding maps, engraved title and 6 engraved folding plates (some browning and staining). 19th-century marbled calf, spine with gilt-lettered red label.

    Second English edition, considered typographically superior to the first. Two editions appeared in 1698, this is the so-called "Tonson" edition (with the first line of the printers on the title-page ending in "Tonson") and with the alterations of the page numbers on the plates. This work includes A continuation of the New Discovery... with separate title-page. Hennepin, a Franciscan missionary, travelled with René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle, into the interior of North America. In 1679 they penetrated the area of the Great Lakes into Illinois, after which Hennepin wrote the first published account of the region. They reached the site of Peoria, Illinois where they established Fort-Crèvecouer. Hennepin and the remaining men explored the upper Mississippi when La Salle returned to Fort Frontenac for supplies. They were captured by Sioux Indians, and went with them on several hunting expeditions. During the course of one expedition they reached what Hennepin named the Falls of St. Anthony (site of Minneapolis, Minnesota). Hennepin was rescued by the French voyageur Daniel Greysolon, Sieur Dulhut, in July 1680 and returned to write his accounts in 1682. Alden & Landis 698/100; Church 773; Howes H-416; Graff 1862; Sabin 31370; Vail 278; Wing H-1451.


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