19 December 2002
HENNEPIN, Louis (1640- ca 1705). A New Discovery of a vast Country in America, Extending above Four Thousand Miles, between New France and New Mexico. With a Description of the Great Lakes, Cataracts, Rivers, Plants, and Animals. London: Printed for M. Bentley, J. Tonson, H. Bonwick, T. Goodwin, and S. Manship, 1698.
2 volumes in one, 8o (183 x 111 mm). 2 engraved folding maps, engraved title and 6 engraved folding plates (folding maps darkened, torn and repaired, with minor loss to image). 19th-century red morocco gilt, edges gilt. Provenance: Edward Sullivan (bookplate).
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, the so-called "Bon" issue (from the imprint). Hennepin "was the undoubted discoverer and explorer of the Upper Mississippi" (Sabin). Howes H416; Graff 1862; Church 772; Sabin 31371; Vail 278.
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