3 December 2007
TONTI, Henri de (1650-1704). An Account of Monsieur de la Salle's last Expedition and Discoveries in North America. London: J. Tonson, 1698.
2 parts in one volume, 8o (161 x 98 mm). (M2 trimmed closely just touching signature mark and catchword.) 18th-century speckled calf (a few minor repairs); blue quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Deburgh, Earl of Clanricarde (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, FIRST STATE with "Grown" instead of "Crown" in the imprint. The first account in English of La Salle's last, fatal voyage. After travelling the length of the Mississippi and claiming the territory for France, La Salle returned to France and mounted a second expedition which mistakenly landed at Matagorda Bay, Texas (Fort Saint Louis). Tonti remained in charge of the outpost in Illinois territory and later led several missions down the Mississippi from there, hoping to find the missing La Salle. Graff 4163; Howes T-294; Rader 19; Sabin 96171; Wagner Spanish Southwest 67a.
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