5 April 2016
SAGARD-THEODAT, Gabriel. Histoire du Canada et voyages que les freres mineurs recollects y ont faicts pour la conuersion des infidelles. Paris: Claude Sonnius, 1636.
8° (166 x 107 mm). (Upper fore-corner of title restored, headline of Gg3 shaved.) Late 19th-century dark green morocco, richly tooled in gilt, edges gilt, by W. Pratt. Provenance: Elihu Dwight Church (1835-1908), New York collector whose library is celebrated by bibliographers George Watson Cole and Henrietta Barlett in the Church Catalogue (bookplate).
THE E.D. CHURCH COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, issue with the music on pages - of the 8 unnumbered pages of plates usually inserted between pages 312 and 313 of the text. Pages , - of the plates are blank. “Cette musique est le chant noté d'une chanson huronnie et d'un autre chant... L'exemplaire de la Bibliotheque du jardin des Plantes content en outre quatre pages de musique à quatre voix, qui ont été ajoutéees à la réimpression que Tross a donnée de cet ouvrage en 1866” (Harrisse, pp. 74-75).
The present work includes an expanded version of this first work as Part II, and is preceded by a history of the mission during its nine years prior to Sagard’s arrival. Book III is a reproduction of the second part of the Grand Voyages, with new matter increasing it from 85 to 135 pages. Book IV contains the history of the Recollect missions to the end of 1629.
VERY RARE: according to online databases, the only other copy of this work to appear at auction in at least the last 40 years is the Harmsworth copy, sold Sotheby’s London, 23 June 1988, lot 259. Church 435 (this copy); Cioranescu XVII, 60639; JCB (1919) II, p. 261; Pilling Iroquoian, p. 148; Quaritch General Catalogue V: 30013; Sabin 74885 (“extremely rare”); Streit II: 2508.
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