6 December 2013
LAHONTAN, Louis Armand, Baron de. Nouveaux voyages de Mr. Le Baron de Lahontan, dans l'Amerique septentrionale. -- Memoires de l'Amerique septentrionale, ou la suite des voyages. The Hague: Les Fréres Honoré, 1703. -- Suite du voyage de l'Amerique, on Dialogues de Monsieur le Baron de Lahontan et d'un sauvage, dans l'Amerique. Amsterdam: the wife of Boeteman, 1704.
Together 3 volumes, 12o (158 x 95 mm). Titles printed in red and black. Four frontispieces, 28 engraved plates and three maps (two folding) (large maps skillfully backed with rice paper). Contemporary speckled calf (rebacked). Provenance: Philip, Earl of Harwicke (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST (OR "ANGEL") ISSUE, of the "Nouveaux Voyages," and the FIRST EDITION, second issue of the "Suite du Voyage." The latter is a re-issue of the original sheets of the 1703 edition with a new title-page. This edition is frequently found with the "Angel" issue of the former. This copy also includes the exceedingly rare "L'Autheur au Lecteur, A Londres ce 26 Novembre. V. Stile," 12 pages, after Table in vol. 1. Sabin notes that this material was recast as the preface to the Suite, which is found in the third volume here. Lahontan came to New France in 1683 as captain of a regiment which he led in expeditions against the Iroquois. He traveled west in 1687 with Duluth and was given command of Fort St. Joseph on the St. Clair River. He left this post in 1688, venturing further west by the Fox-Wisconsin portage and reached the upper Mississippi. His work is considered one of the first comprehensive descriptions of the western part of the continent. Alden & Landis 703/88 and 704/87; Greenly 342-3; Sabin 38635, 38636, 38638.
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