6 December 2013
DUMONT, Georges Marie. Mémoires historiques sur la Louisiane. Paris: J.B. Bauche, 1753.
2 volumes, 8o (174 x 113 mm). Half-titles. 7 engraved folding maps and plates. (Some pale dampstaining in upper margin at beginning of vol. 2.) Contemporary marbled boards, modern rebacking in calf, uncut. Provenance: Frank T. Siebert (his sale Sotheby's New York, 28 October 1999, lot 674).
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST ACCURATE ACCOUNT OF LOUSIANA, containing the important account of Moncacht-Apé, the Yazoo Indian whose narrative is the first of an overland trip up the Missouri River to the Pacific Northwest Coast. "Dumont served 25 years as an officer and his memoirs cover the period from La Salle's death in 1687 down to 1740. The first volume treats of the natural history of the country and the manners of its natives. The second volume contains an historical narrative of the vast territory then known as Louisiana, with a description of the founding of New Orleans; the wars with the various tribes; also the earliest reliable account of the country watered by the Upper Mississippi and Missouri" (Eberstadt 123:25).
RARE: according to American Book Prices Current, no copy has sold at auction since this copy was sold at the Siebert sale in 1999. Field 463; Graff 1173; Howes L-250; JCB III:996; Rader 1233; Sabin 9605; Streeter sale I:125.
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