Paris. [ 1799]. Eight volumes. Three folding maps, nine folding tables. Uniformly bound to style in three-quarter calf and marbled boards. Unobtrusive old blindstamps on each title. Scattered foxing. Map of the U.S. has a very narrow strip of loss (1/16 inch) along the center fold, replaced with reinforcing tissue. Maps of northern and southern sections of the country have some reinforcing tissue on folds. Overall a very good set. Item #WRCAM14166
An important travel narrative of the United States and Canada in the last decade of the 18th century. The Duc de La Rochefoucauld fled France after his father was killed by a mob in 1793, and spent two years in North America from 1795 to 1797. Arriving in Philadelphia, he travelled overland to Upper Canada, and the latter half of the first and all of the second volume is devoted to his stay there. His published account was considered highly offensive by Lieut.-Gov. Simcoe. The third volume describes his travels in New England, as does the second part of the fifth volume. The fourth volume and the first part of the fifth narrate his southern tour, which took him as far as Charleston and Savannah, but was largely spent in Virginia, where he stayed for a week with Jefferson at Monticello in the summer of 1796. The author comments extensively on agriculture. A later southern tour, recounted in the sixth volume, took him around Maryland and to the site of the future capitol of Washington. The seventh volume describes travels in New Jersey and his stay in New York, while the last volume offers general discussions of law, culture, etc. Clark refutes judgments of La Rochefoucauld as prejudiced, blaming the poor English translation of 1799, and lauding the book as "a sound, informative account." He also praises La Rochefoucauld's capacity for gathering detailed information, his clear descriptions, and his naming of informants, who include some of the most distinguished men in America. Clark concludes: "It is a profitable work to read." The maps show the North; the South; and all of the United States to date, respectively. CLARK II:103. HOWES L106. MONAGHAN 915. LANDE SUPPLEMENT 1227. TPL 681. CARSON, TRAVELLERS IN TIDEWATER VIRGINIA 133. SERVIES 735 (another ed).