3 December 2007
BERNARD, Jean Frédéric, editor. Relations de la Louisiane, et du fleuve Mississipi. Amsterdam: Jean Frédéric Bernard, 1720.
12o (179 x 107 mm). Engraved folding map and fourteen plates. Contemporary marbled wrappers, uncut (spine with chips and losses); blue quarter morocco slipcase.
FIRST EDITION, A VERY FINE COPY IN ENTIRELY ORIGINAL CONDITION. This work forms volume V of Bernard's Recueil de voiages au nord and is a collection of four relations describing Louisiana, Mississippi and Virginia, seemingly to boost the Mississippi Company. This copy contains 1 engraved folding map and 14 plates; other copies are described with 2 folding maps and 13 plates (see Sotheby's London, 13 May 2004, lot 260). The sections are titled: Relation de la Louisiane par un Officier de Marine; Relation de la Louisiane & du Fleuve Mississipi; Voiage en un pays plus grand que l'Europe &c. ou troisième Relation du Pere Hennepin (translation of Tonti's Dernieres decouvertes dans l'Amerique septentrionale); and Voiages de Gosnol, Pringe & Gilbert aux Côtes de la Virginie (a translation from John Brereton's A brief and true relation, London, 1602). The map after de l'Isle depicts Louisiana and the course of the Mississippi river. The map, measuring 365 x 410 mm, is an early reissue of Delisles 1718 Carte de la Louisiane et du Cours du Mississipi, on a smaller scale and without the inset. This version of Delisle's map is not noted by Tooley in The Mapping of America, but appears to be Cumming, The Southeast in Early Maps, 175. The plates depict native Americans. This separately issued volume does not contain the Frobisher and Jeremie, which were included in some copies of the complete set (of 5 volumes); a second map of the Atlantic illustrating the Frobisher section is included in these copies. The present is a very fine example, entire unsophisticated and in original condition. Alden & Landis 720/19; Sabin 4936, 69299; Staton & Tremaine/TPL 177.
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