3 December 2007
LE PAGE DU PRATZ, Antoine Simon. Histoire de la Louisiane Contenant la Decouverte de ce vaste pays. Paris: Bure, Delaguette and Lambert, 1758.
3 volumes, 12o (163 x 96 mm). Half-titles, errata leaf at end of vol. 3. 2 folding engraved maps (as in the Streeter copy) and 40 engraved plates (several folding). Contemporary French mottled calf, smooth spines gilt, morocco lettering pieces (some minor wear).
A VERY FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. Le Page du Pratz is one of the most useful authorities on French Louisiana. The author arrived in Louisiana in 1718 and stayed there sixteen years observing the men, events, and Indian tribes he describes in this book. He also recounts the strange story of Monocacht-Apé, who is supposed to have crossed the plains from the Missouri to the Pacific Ocean in the early 1700's." He gives minute descriptions of the different Indian Tribes, particularly the Natchez, with accounts of their wars, manners, customs, language, government, religion, &c." (Stevens, Rare Americana). Clark Old South I:75; Field 910; Graff 2462; Howes L-266; Rader 2219; Raines p. 73; Sabin 40122; Streeter sale I:127; Wagner-Camp 2b note and 2e note; Wheat Mapping the Transmississippi West 158. (3)
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