3 December 2007
LE PAGE DU PRATZ, Antoine Simon. The History of Louisiana, or the Western Parts of Virginia and Carolina. London: T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1763.
2 volumes, 8o (168 x 98 mm). Half-titles. 2 engraved folding maps. Contemporary calf (rebacked). Provenance: J.H. Benton (sold American Art Association, 11 March 1920, lot 193); Thomas W. Streeter (bookplate; his sale part I, Sotheby's Park Bernet, 25 October 1966, lot 130).
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Field notes that this leaves out important details contained in the original and adds some material that probably was not there. This edition aimed at strengthening British claims to Louisiana. The map of Louisiana shows the Mississippi and tributaries from the Appalachians to the Rockies. Clark Old South I:75; Field 911; Graff 2463; Howes L-266; Rader 2219; Sabin 40123; Streeter sale I:130 (this copy); Wheat Mapping the Transmississippi West 158.
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