9 December 2009
JOUTEL, Henri (ca 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 116 mm). Engraved folding map (with short tear). Contemporary calf (rubbed). Provenance: Peter A. Porter (bookplate).
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, 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 assassination 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 & Landis 714/40; Church 859; Clark Old South I:14; Field 808; Graff 2252; Howes J-266; Sabin 36762; Wagner Spanish Southwest 79b.
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