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Nouveaux Voyages aux Indies Occidentales, Contenant une Relation des differens Peuples qui habitent les environs du grand Fleuve Saint-Louis, appellé vulgairement le Mississipi; leur Religion; leur gouvernment; leuis mœurs; leurs guerres & leur commerce

Bossu, Jean Bernard


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2 vols. in 1. xx, 244; 264 pp. Illustrated with 4 copper-engraved plates, including 2 frontispieces. (12mo) 6¾x3¾, period calf, spine tooled in gilt, raised bands, morocco lettering piece, marbled endpapers. First Edition. Important work on the exploration of the interior parts of North America, consisting of a series of twenty-one letters by Bossu, a French army officer, relating his life and travels from 1751 to 1762 in the Louisiana country to as far north as Fort Chartres in what is now Illinois to as far east as the French post at Mobile. Streeter notes that "Bossu wrote well and his letters not only give an interesting picture of life and travels in the Mississippi Valley and the Mobile country to the east at the beginning of the second half of the eighteenth century, but incorporated also are many sketches of events of the preceding years. Bossu came to New Orleans only thirty-three years or so after its founding and only eighty years after La Salle's journey down the Mississippi, and the first and second hand recollections were still fresh." Bossu's criticism of the ministry led to his imprisonment, and the temporary banning of the book in France, which contributed to its scarcity. In the present copy, the second part does not have the half-title or title-page, they not having been retained when the book was bound.

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Some scuffing and wear to the covers; front hinge cracking with front free endpaper and flyleaf coming loose, else very good.

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