New Voyages To North-America; Containing An Account of the several Nations of that vast Continent; their Customs, Commerce, and Way of Navigation upon the Lakes and Rivers; the several attempts of the English and French to dispossess one another; with the reasons for the Miscarriage of the former; and the various Adventures between the French and Iroquese Confederates of England, from 1683 to 1694. Etc. Louis Armand Lahontan, Baron de.

New Voyages To North-America; Containing An Account of the several Nations of that vast Continent; their Customs, Commerce, and Way of Navigation upon the Lakes and Rivers; the several attempts of the English and French to dispossess one another; with the reasons for the Miscarriage of the former; and the various Adventures between the French and Iroquese Confederates of England, from 1683 to 1694. Etc...

London: H. Benwicke, T. Goodwin, M. Wotton, B. Tooke, and S. Manship, 1703. First English edition. leather_bound. 280, 302 (13) pages [A8,a4,B-S8,T5 and Aa-Tt8,Uu7]. 19 x 12 cm. Twenty-three engraved plates, frontispiece, Vol.II.(not always found according to HOWES), folding maps, and with advert leaf in Vol.I rear. A Dictionary of the Algonkine Language appears in Vol.II. Index. The English edition has an added map of Newfoundland, not in the first French edition published the same year. His work is considered one of the first comprehensive descripions of the western part of the continent. HOWES L25. "Lahontan's narrative, of considerable value when confined to his actual sojournyings in the Lake region, was unfortunately disfigured by his inserting an account of a pretended trip west of the Mississippi, about as convincing as the legends of the sea-serpents." With all HOWES' first issue points -- on pages 280 (Vol.I) and 302 (Vol.II) respectively. LARNED 3642. "It will not serve as a text book nor a historic guide, but is of much value as a clear and fearless picture of Canada, and the Canadians of his day....For spirit and brightness there is nothing in Canadian literature which approaches it, save some othe earlier letters of Lamothe Cadillac." SABIN 38644. A few fold-out maps and plates professionally repaired; some repairs to bottom margins of a few text leaves, moderate foxing to text leaves with plates generally clean, text heads trimmed close, armorial bookplates, raised bands, some breaks in gilt spine lettering. A firm, tight set. 19th century three quarter brown calf, marbled boards with matching endpapers. 2 vols. Very good. Item #18412

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