Utrecht. 1772. Two volumes bound in one: ,223,; ,240,pp. plus engraved titlepage, four copper-engraved plates (one folding), and a large folding map. Lacks half-title and the three leaf subscribers list ("Lyst der Intekenaren") in the preliminary section of the second volume. Half title in first volume. Large quarto. Contemporary three-quarter vellum and Dutch patterned floral paper-covered boards, manuscript spine title. Foot of backstrip expertly repaired in matching vellum. Edges worn, boards rubbed, small area of paper loss at bottom corner of front cover. Short tear to large folding map near binding stub. Minimal edge toning to text, but mostly very clean internally. Overall very good. Untrimmed. Item #WRCAM54963
A very nice, large copy in a handsome original binding of the first Dutch edition of Peter Kalm's travels in North America, after the Swedish first edition of 1753-61 and the rare first English edition published in Warrington in 1770-71. Lande repeated Sabin's assertion, itself taken from a Henry Stevens catalogue, that this Dutch edition is "far superior to the Swedish and English editions." ^Peter Kalm was in America from 1748 to 1751, and provided an account full of detailed and reliable observations. It is an important work for its commentary on colonial American social organization and natural history. Kalm made a notable trip into the back country of New York with the naturalist, John Bartram, as well as travelling in more settled regions. All four plates reflect Kalm's interest in the American natural world, as all show natural subjects: three depict North American birds and rodents and one shows a waterfall in the Mohawk River. The engraved titlepage shows inset views of New York, Philadelphia, Montreal, and Quebec, surrounding a scene of two caucasian travellers and a Native American near a dock. ^"Kalm's voyage was undertaken at the instigation of Linnaeus for the purpose of discovering whether any North American plants could be introduced advantageously in Sweden. It contains the most trustworthy description of the Swedish colonies of Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, and is especially important for its natural history" - Nebenzahl. ^The large folding map contained herein is vastly enlarged and improved over that of previous editions. Engraved by Carel Jacob de Huyser, the map depicts northeastern North America from the mouth of the Saint Laurence River near Quebec down to northern Virginia, and is entitled, "Nieuwe en Nauwkeurige kaart van een gedeelte van Noord Amerika, behelzende Nieuw Engeland, New York, Pensylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, een Stuk van Virginia, Kanada en Halifax." The engraved titlepage, not often present, includes vignette views of Philadelphia, New York, Montreal, and Quebec. ^"One of the most important and reliable eighteenth-century accounts of American natural history, social organization, and political situation..." - Streeter. HOWES K5, "aa." STREETER SALE 823 (1st English ed). HOWGEGO K2. LANDE 483. TPL 214. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 2250e. NEBENZAHL 9:177. FELCONE, NEW JERSEY BOOKS 118. SABIN 36988. TIELE 577.