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    Ex Libris Jean R. Perrette: Important Travel, Exploration & Cartography

    5 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 371

    LE PAGE DU PRATZ, Antoine-Simon (1695?-1775). Histoire de la Louisiane, Contenant la Découverte de ce vaste Pays. Paris: Bure, Delaguette, and Lambert, 1758.

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    LE PAGE DU PRATZ, Antoine-Simon (1695?-1775). Histoire de la Louisiane, Contenant la Découverte de ce vaste Pays. Paris: Bure, Delaguette, and Lambert, 1758.

    3 volumes, 12° (167 x 95 mm). Half-titles, errata at end of vol.I. 2 engraved folding maps, and 40 engraved plates, including one folding plan. (Large folding map with 4 ½-in irregular tear crossing image repaired on verso, some mostly marginal dampstaining vols.II and III, a7 and a8 vol.I and T12 vol.III with strip excised not affecting text.) Provenance: Verrier (manuscript bookplates on half-titles, bookplates on pastedowns); G.S. Sauveur (ex-libris stamps on titles).

    FIRST EDITION. Le Page du Pratz is one of the most useful authorities on French Louisiana. The author arrived in Louisiana in 1718 and stayed there sixteen years observing the men, events, and Indian tribes he describes in this book. He also recounts the strange story of Monocacht-Apé, who is supposed to have crossed the plains from the Missouri to the Pacific Ocean in the early 1700's." He gives minute descriptions of the different Indian Tribes, particularly the Natchez, with accounts of their wars, manners, customs, language, government, religion" (Stevens, Rare Americana). Clark Old South I:75; Field 910; Graff 2462; Howes L-266; Rader 2219; Raines p. 73; Sabin 40122; Streeter sale I:127; Wagner-Camp 2b note and 2e note; Wheat Mapping the Transmississippi West 139.


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