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    Sale 2059

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    5 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 264

    LAHONTAN, Louis Armand, Baron de (1666-1715). New Voyages to North-America. Containing an Account of the several Nations of that vast Continent... A Geographical Description of Canada, and a Natural History of the Country... London: H. Bonwicke, T. Goodwin, W. Wotton, B. Tooke, 1703.

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    LAHONTAN, Louis Armand, Baron de (1666-1715). New Voyages to North-America. Containing an Account of the several Nations of that vast Continent... A Geographical Description of Canada, and a Natural History of the Country... London: H. Bonwicke, T. Goodwin, W. Wotton, B. Tooke, 1703.

    2 volumes, 8o (191 x 117 mm). 4 engraved maps (2 folding) and 19 (of 20) engraved plates (6 folding) (lacking frontispiece to vol.II, repairs to a few maps, plate at p.86 in vol.II misbound in vol.I). (Some minor spotting and slight dampstaining.) Modern panelled calf.

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Lahontan came to New France in 1683 as captain of a regiment that he led in expeditions against the Iroquois. He travelled west in 1687 with Duluth and was given command of Fort St. Joseph on the St. Clair River. He left this post in 1688, venturing further west by the Fox-Wisconsin portage and reached the upper Mississippi. His work is considered one of the first comprehensive descriptions of the western part of the continent. This English edition expands the French edition of the same year, adding a map of Newfoundland and correcting the engravings. Alden & Landis 703/86; Arents Tobacco 454; JCB (1) III:36; Pilling Algonquian pp.290-91; Sabin 38644; Staton & Tremaine/TPL 6357; Streeter sale I:107.


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