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

    5 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 376

    SMITH, William (1727-1803). Relation historique de l'expédition, contre les indiens de l'Ohio en MDCCLXIV. Commandée par le chevalier Henry Bouquet... Translated from English into French by C.G.F. Dumas. Amsterdam: Marc-Michel Rey, 1769.

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    SMITH, William (1727-1803). Relation historique de l'expédition, contre les indiens de l'Ohio en MDCCLXIV. Commandée par le chevalier Henry Bouquet... Translated from English into French by C.G.F. Dumas. Amsterdam: Marc-Michel Rey, 1769.

    8° (220 x 138 mm). Half-title. (Last leaf mounted and with lower fore-corner restored, E5-6 partially loose.) 6 engraved plates, two after Benjamin West [at pp. 49 and 73, signed “P.V.S. Sculp”], and including 2 scenes of Bouquet with Indians and 4 folding maps. Original marbled wrappers, contemporary manuscript title labels on spine, uncut (some losses at ends of spine); tan cloth folding case.

    FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH of Smith's An historical account of the expedition against the Ohio Indians, originally published in Philadelphia: William Bradford, 1765. "The introduction described Bouquet's successful expedition of 1763, to relieve Fort Pitt from the siege of the Shawnees, Delawares, and other Indian tribes. Because of lack of men, he was unable to follow up his victory at Bushy Run, and depredations by the Indians continued. He was dispatched by General Gage in 1764, to force them to make treaties of peace, and to release their prisoners, in both of which aims he was successful" (Sabin). This edition contains the first appearance in print of a biography of Colonel Bouquet, which “adds some very desirable information to our previous knowledge of the skillful officer and wise negotiator” (Field 1443). Echeverria & Wilkie 769/18; Howes S-693; Sabin 8464.


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