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    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 14

    [MISSISSIPPI COMPANY]. Historische und Geographische Beschreibung des an dem grossen Flusse Mississipi in Nord-America gelegenen herrlichen Landes Louisiana; in welches die neu-aufgerichtete Frantzosische grosse Indianische Compagnie Colonien zu schicken angefangen; worbey zugleich einige Reflexionen uber die weit-hinaus sehende Desseins gedachter Compagnie und des daruber entstandenen Actien-Handels eroffnet; auch uber dieses noch einige curiose Beylagen so zu der Historie dieser Angelegenheit gehoren mitgetheilet warden. Leipzig, 1720.

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    [MISSISSIPPI COMPANY]. Historische und Geographische Beschreibung des an dem grossen Flusse Mississipi in Nord-America gelegenen herrlichen Landes Louisiana; in welches die neu-aufgerichtete Frantzosische grosse Indianische Compagnie Colonien zu schicken angefangen; worbey zugleich einige Reflexionen uber die weit-hinaus sehende Desseins gedachter Compagnie und des daruber entstandenen Actien-Handels eroffnet; auch uber dieses noch einige curiose Beylagen so zu der Historie dieser Angelegenheit gehoren mitgetheilet warden. Leipzig, 1720.

    Small 8o (159 x 95 mm). Engraved folding map of Louisiana. (Pale stain in upper margin, some pale browning.) Modern calf antique.

    FIRST EDITION of a "historical and geographical description of Louisiana, 'on the great river Mississippi,' to which the newly organized, powerful 'French India Company' had begun to send colonies. Together with sundry reflections on the far-reaching designs of that company and the stock-jobbing incident thereto. It closes with a French squib in verse" (JCB). Three editions appeared in 1720, the other two entitled Aufsfürliche Beschreibung... Sabin and Howes call for a frontispiece portrait of John Law, but as the copy at the John Carter Brown Library does not have one, it is unclear whether it was issued with a portrait or not. VERY RARE: according to American Book Prices Current, only a copy of one of the later editions of 1720 has appeared at auction in the last thirty years, sold Montreal, 22 April 1976, lot 124, also without the portrait. Alden & Landis 720/122; Howes H-520; JCB 277; Sabin 32104.


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