London, South Kensington
25 November 2014
LAHONTAN, Louis Armand, Baron de (1666-1715). New Voyages to North-America. Containing an account of the several nations of that vast continent … A geographical description of Canada, and a natural history of that country … Also a dialogue between the author and a general of the savages … to which is added a dictionary of the Algonkine language… London: for John Brindley and Charles Corbett, 1735. 2 volumes, 8° (200 x 212mm). 4 engraved maps (2 folding) and 16 plates (6 folding). (Both titles browned, light browning in upper margin of some leaves, occasional marginal soiling, light spotting.) Contemporary calf (very rubbed). Provenance: John Clevland (bookplate).
Second edition in English, Brindley issue. Lahontan came to New France in 1683 as captain of a regiment that he led in expeditions against the Iroquois. He travelled 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. This English edition expands the French edition of the same year, adding a map of Newfoundland and correcting the engravings. Although it (erroneously) states on the title that the work contains 23 plates and maps, both Sabin and Howes call for 20 only, as present in our copy. Howes L-25; Sabin 38644.
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