New Orleans. 1824. ,327,pp. plus errata slip. Contemporary blue boards, rebacked at an early date with a crude sheep spine. Spine faded and worn, head of spine chipped. Modern bookplates on front endpapers. Faded institutional ink stamp on titlepage and page one; pp.[iii]-v loose. Minor foxing. Untrimmed. Good. Item #WRCAM19774C
The rare first edition, in French, of this Italian's adventures in America. "[Beltrami] found his way to the upper reaches of the Mississippi River, where he joined an expedition led by Maj. Stephen Long. The latter wrote of him, 'an Italian whom we met at Fort St. Anthony, attached himself to the expedition and accompanied us to Pembina.' Beltrami subsequently traveled down the Mississippi to New Orleans" - Wagner-Camp. "He undertook a hazardous and lonely journey in his search for the sources of the Mississippi and other rivers, in which he claimed success" - Clark. An expanded English translation was printed in London in 1828, and included a folding map illustrating the routes travelled in America, detailing Beltrami's view of the geography of the headwaters of the Mississippi. The inclusion of the map in the later edition was in response to the criticism the author received for not providing a map in this, the first edition of the work. WAGNER-CAMP 26a:1. JUMONVILLE 417. FIELD 110. HOWES B338, "aa." BUCK 181. LeCLERC 135. CLARK II:182. MONAGHAN 178A. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 340. SABIN 4604. ROSENBACH, AMERICAN JEWISH 255. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 50 (note).