Paris: Chez Pierre-François Giffart, 1744. Six volumes. ,viii,454; ,501; ,465; ,388; ,456; ,434,pp. plus twenty-eight maps, and ninety-six plates on forty-four sheets. 12mo. Contemporary speckled calf, raised bands, spines gilt, leather labels, marbled endpapers, all edges red. Slight wear at joints, spine ends, and corners. 19th- century bookplate on each front pastedown. Internally clean. Very good. Item #WRCAM25316
First duodecimo edition, printed the same year as the three-volume quarto edition of this classic work of Canadian history, including important material on French settlement in the Mississippi Valley. The journal consists of thirty-six letters, six of which relate to the southern colonies. "The principal work of this great Jesuit traveller and historian and the pre-eminent authority on the French period in the West" - Howes. "This work is one of the best authorities concerning various Indian tribes, some of which no longer exist. The laborious accuracy with which the work was executed can be estimated by the fact that the maps, dated 1743, are marked with the latest discoveries, in 1742, in the extreme north of America" - Lande. Most of the maps in this work were drawn by French cartographer Nicholas Bellin, including his important rendering of North America, a frequent source for later mapmakers, as well as some of the most definitive and up-to-date maps available of Canada. Besides its great importance as a historical and cartographical work, Charlevoix's narrative is also of considerable interest for the section entitled "Description des Plantes Principales de l'Amerique Septentrionale," which in the duodecimo edition occupies much of the fourth volume. Here the author describes ninety-six plants, mainly ones native to Canada, but including herbs of the Mississippi Valley as well. Most of the plants described are of medicinal value. The text is accompanied by forty-four folding plates illustrating all ninety-six species discussed. LANDE 125. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI 120. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 756. TPL 188. HOWES C307, "b." MICHIGAN RARITIES 8. CLARK I:59. SABIN 12136. KARPINSKI, p.137. GREENLY, MICHIGAN 11. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 744/56. ARENTS 730. CUMMING & DE VORSEY 259. SERVIES 380.