3 December 2007,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 13,750
Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000
JEFFERYS, Thomas. The Natural and Civil History of the French Dominions in North and South America. London: Thomas Jefferys, 1760.
2 parts in one volume, 2o (358 x 226 mm). Titles printed in red and black, 18 engraved folding maps and plans by and after Jefferys and others (some offsetting, a few occasional short tears along folds). (Some light marginal discoloration to title, some pale browning.) Contemporary English calf (rebacked).
FIRST EDITION OF JEFFERYS'S DESCRIPTION OF CANADA AND LOUISIANA, AND OF FRENCH POSSESSIONS IN THE WEST INDIES. This copy contains the seldom-seen leaves numbered *129-*138 (Part I) concerning the French siege of Quebec in September 1759 which were added on the receipt of fresh news of the event, received after printing of Part I had been completed. This copy also includes the errata overslip (twice: at Part I, p.55 and at Part II, p.80) listing 22 Guadeloupe parish names.
Geographer to the Prince of Wales, Jefferys produced maps and plans after his own surveys and from existing plans by others, including Richard Gridley, d'Anville, de la Tour and de Caylus, "Engineer General of the French Islands." Part I of this work, based on the Jesuit Relations, Labat, Charlevoix and others, describes Canada and Louisiana, and includes detailed plans of Quebec, Montreal, New Orleans and the Seige of Quebec; and Part II describes the West Indies and South America, with maps of Quadaloupe, Grenada and "Martinico." Field 775; Howes J-83; Lande 471; Sabin 35964; Staton & Tremaine/TPL 319; Streeter sale I:128; Waldon p.454. A TALL COPY.
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