6 December 2013
[CROZAT, Anthony]. A Letter to a Member of the P--t of G--t= B--n, Occasioned by the Priveledge granted by the French King to Mr. Crozat. London: J. Baker, 1713.
8o (165 x 101 mm). 44 pages. 18th-century marbled boards, leather spine renewed to style; quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Thomas Hamilton, Sixth Earl of Haddington (1680-1735), politician and forester (armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE RAREST BOOKS ON THE CENTRAL WEST. With the letters patent granted by Louis XIV to Mr. Crozat, the first attempt to develop the central region of the United States was established. Crozat was given permission to trade with all "Louisiana," then an immense and unexplored region. He had an exclusive French trading monopoly in Louisiana for fifteen years but gave it up after five years. EXTREMELY RARE: according to American Book Prices Current no copies have appeared at auction in at least thirty years and only one other copy is recorded on the market in the twentieth century, sold twice by Rosenbach (1913 and 1950). RLIN lists copies only at Yale, the Bell Collection (University of Minnesota) and the Clements Library (University of Michigan). Bell L-329; Howes C-933 ("one of the earliest, if not the earliest, on the subject"); Vail 318.
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