LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-LIANCOURT, François-Alexandre Frédéric, duc de (1747-1837). Voyage dans les États-Unis d'Amérique, fait en 1795, 1796, et 1797. Paris: Du Pont, 1799.
8 volumes, 8° (200 x 123 mm). 3 engraved folding maps (some creasing at folds and edges, first map with short tear at gutter) and 8 folding letterpress tables. (A few leaves with paper flaws touching letters, a few leaves lightly spotted, lacking one preliminary leaf vol.VIII, small wormhole in gutter vol.II.) Contemporary French tan quarter calf, marbled boards, spines gilt, brown morocco lettering pieces, edges marbled (some light rubbing or wear, some light loss to spine ends). Provenance: Edward Livingston (1764-1836) United States Secretary of State, 1831-1833, Congressional Representative for Louisiana and New York (presentation inscription from the author’s son verso half-title vol.I); by descent to Cora Livingston Barton (1806-1873) (Montgomery Place bookplate on pastedown); by descent to John Ross Delafield (1874-1964) American Lawyer (bookplate, sold Christie’s New York, 16 May 1986, lot 47).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY inscribed on verso of half-title: “offert a M. Edouard Livingston envoyé extraordinaire et Ministre Plénipotentiaire des États d’amérique, prés S.M. le Roi des François en 1834: par le fils ainé de l’auteur.” An important account of voyages in the United States and Canada during the last decade of the 18th century. La Rochefoucauld, a humanist, open to agricultural and industrial progress (he built a model farm and schools at Liancourt), emigrated to the United States during the French Revolution after his father was killed by a mob in 1793, and spent two years in North America between 1795 and 1797. He arrived at Philadelphia, traveled overland up to Upper Canada, and the second half of the first as well as the whole second volume are devoted to his stay there. The third volume describes his travels in New England, as well as the second part of the fifth volume; the fourth volume and the first part of the fifth volume describe his travels to the South of the United States. He traveled as far as Charleston and Savannah, but spent the greater part of his time in Virginia, where he was the guest of Jefferson at Monticello during the summer of 1796. The maps show the Northern, Southern parts, and the United States completely. Howes L-106; Sabin 39056; Staton & Tremaine/TPL 681. AN IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY.