CHAMPIGNY, Colonel Chevalier de. La Louisiane Ensanglantée, avec toutes les Particularities de cette horrible Catastrophe, redigées sur le serment de Témoins dignes de soi. A Londres: aux depens de l'Editeur, chez Fleury Mesplet, 1773.
8o (7 5/8 x 4 1/8 in.; 300 X 162 mm). I2 (pp.65-66) is a cancel, loosely laid in. Collation: Title,  (blank), dedication to "Mylord Romney, Président de la Société des Arts,"  (blank), [1-3] dedicatory letter of the author dated Westminster, 1 October 1773,  (blank), i-iv (Préambule de l'editeur), [v]-viii (Preface de l'auteur), ix-xii (Avant-propos), 1-123 (text), i-xxxi (Notes), -31 (Mémoire des habitans...). Early (near contemporary) marbled paper boards, edges sprinkled red, gilt-lettered morocco label (trifling wear to corners). Provenance: Count Fredrik Sparre (1731-1803), judge of the Supreme Court, Prime Minister of Sweden (1792-1800), from the library at the chateau of Akero.
FIRST EDITION. An excessively rare account of the suppression by General Alexander O'Reilly (1725-1794), of the revolt of the inhabitants (largely French) against the first Spanish Governor, Antonio de Ulloa (1716-1795) in the wake of the transfer of Louisiana from France to Spain in the aftermath of the Seven Years War. Ulloa had been forced to flee; Reilly arrested and placed on trial the leaders of the revolt. Oddly, Champigny dedicates his very detailed but highly colored account to the celebrated painter George Romney (1734-1802), appealing for British military intervention on humantarian grounds. In the extensive notes appended to his work he reviews the various early voyages to the southern parts of North America, describes the founding of New Orleans, and its connections, by the Mississippi to the Illinois and Canada, citing authorities like Le Page de Prat, and prints letters and other documents relating to the cesssion of Louisiana. The book is the first from the press of Fleury Mesplet who later moved to Canada and established the first press at Montreal. Sabin 11825 (citing a later edition); J.C.B. III 1857 (copy lacking the 3-page dedicatory letter, present here); Howes C279; Streeter sale 3:1568.
VERY RARE. The last copy offered at auction was the Streeter copy in 1967.