22 May 2001
JOUTEL, Henri (?1640-1735). A Journal of the Last Voyage Perform'd by Monsr. de la Sale to the Gulph of Mexico, to find out the Mouth of the Missisipi River. London: Printed for A. Bell, B. Lintoss and J. Baker, 1714.
8o (190 x 115 mm). Engraved folding map. (Some light browning.) Modern red morocco gilt.
First edition in English, with the map showing the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, portions of Texas and the east coast of America. Along with Tonti's account (see lot 298), Joutel's is an important narrative of La Salle's ill-fated expedition. La Salle received royal approval for his plans to establish a French colony in Louisiana in 1684. Intending to establish a settlement at the mouth of the Mississippi, his ship instead went off course from France and landed in Texas. He established a colony there which eventually failed, resulting in La Salle's assasination by his own men. Joutel survived the insurgence and his account is the best description of La Salle's last expedition to Louisiana and Texas. Alden and Landis 714/40; Church 859; Field 808; Howes J266; Sabin 36762.
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