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    Sale 1922

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 11

    JOUTEL, Henri. A Journal of the Last Voyage Perform'd by Monsr. de la Sale to the Gulph of Mexico, to find out the Mouth of the Missisipi River. London: Printed for A. Bell, B. Lintoss and J. Baker, 1714.

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    JOUTEL, Henri. A Journal of the Last Voyage Perform'd by Monsr. de la Sale to the Gulph of Mexico, to find out the Mouth of the Missisipi River. London: Printed for A. Bell, B. Lintoss and J. Baker, 1714.

    8o (191 x 114 mm). Engraved folding map. Modern morocco by Bayntun. Provenance: Eugene and Sadye Power (bookplate; sold Christie's East, 22 February 1995, lot 273).

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, with the map showing the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, portions of Texas and the east coast of America. Along with Tonti's account (see lot 6), Joutel's is an important narrative of La Salle's ill-fated expedition. La Salle received royal approval for his plans to establish a French colony in Louisiana in 1684. Intending to establish a settlement at the mouth of the Mississippi, his ship instead went off course from France and landed in Texas. He established a colony there which eventually failed, resulting in La Salle's assassination by his own men. Joutel survived the insurgence and his account is the best description of La Salle's last expedition to Louisiana and Texas. Alden & Landis 714/40; Church 859; Clark Old South I:14; Field 808; Graff 2252; Howes J-266; Sabin 36762; Streeter sale I:112; Wagner Spanish Southwest 79b.


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