16 June 2016
PROPERTY FROM THE CHARLES E. SIGETY COLLECTION
[LOUISIANA]. An Account of Louisiana, Laid Before Congress by Direction of the President of the United States, November 14, 1803: Comprising an account of its boundaries, history, cities, towns, and settlements... Providence: Heaton & Williams, n.d. [1804?].
12° (160 x 90 mm). 72 pp. (Some browning or staining.) Contemporary sheep-backed marbled boards (some light wear).
A rare Providence edition of a popular compilation on Louisiana "furnished to the Executive by several individuals" (p. 1) and laid before Congress during its consideration of the ratification of the Louisiana Purchase Treaty. The principal author was probably John Sibley, who corresponded with Jefferson on the region. The fact that editions are recorded from Philadelphia, Wilmington and Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1803 attests to the American citizenry's widespread interest in the newly acquired territory. SCARCE: according to American Book Prices Current, only one copy of this work has appeared at auction in the last 40 years: Christie’s New York, 26 January 1996, lot 182.
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