5 April 2016
BERNARD, Jean Frédéric (1683-1744), editor. Relations de la Louisiane, et du fleuve Mississipi. Amsterdam: Jean Frédéric Bernard, 1720.
12° (159 x 96 mm). Two engraved folding maps and thirteen plates. (I3 with marginal tear.) Contemporary calf, spine gilt (rebacked preserving original spine). Provenance: Peter DuCane (bookplate, note on pastedown recording purchase at the DuCane sale 2 July 1725).
FIRST EDITION. This work forms volume V of Bernard's Recueil de voiages au nord and is a collection of four relations describing Louisiana, Mississippi and Virginia, seemingly to boost the Mississippi Company. This copy contains 1 engraved folding map and 14 plates; other copies are described with 2 folding maps and 13 plates (see Sotheby's London, 13 May 2004, lot 260). The sections are titled: Relation de la Louisiane par un Officier de Marine; Relation de la Louisiane & du Fleuve Mississipi; Voiage en un pays plus grand que l'Europe . ou troisième Relation du Pere Hennepin (translation of Tonti's Dernieres decouvertes dans l'Amerique septentrionale); and Voiages de Gosnol, Pringe & Gilbert aux Côtes de la Virginie (a translation from John Brereton's A brief and true relation, London, 1602). The map after de l'Isle depicts Louisiana and the course of the Mississippi river. The map, measuring 365 x 410 mm, is an early reissue of Delisles 1718 Carte de la Louisiane et du Cours du Mississipi, on a smaller scale and without the inset. This version of Delisle's map is not noted by Tooley in The Mapping of America, but appears to be Cumming, The Southeast in Early Maps, 175. The plates depict Native Americans. This separately issued volume does not contain the Frobisher and Jeremie, which were included in some copies of the complete set (of 5 volumes); a second map of the Atlantic illustrating the Frobisher section is included in these copies. Alden & Landis 720/19; Sabin 4936, 69299; Staton & Tremaine/TPL 177.
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