Paris. 1802-1803. Three volumes total. viii,382pp. plus folding map; ,xvi,414,; ,410,pp. Lacks folding table in third volume. Half title in each volume. Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, spines gilt, leather labels. Hinges cracked and worn, head and foot of each spine chipped. Some light scattered foxing to first volume, light dampstaining to upper corner of last few leaves. Map backed on later paper. Light age toning and foxing to second and third volumes. A serviceable set. Good. Item #WRCAM47462
One of the classic early views of Louisiana at the beginning of the 19th century, together with the sequel work. It has been suggested that this work was written when it was first thought that Louisiana would be returned to France, in an effort to demonstrate its importance as a colony. While less a work of personal observation than a collection of contemporary data and reports, the text includes some discussion of Texas, the resident Indian tribes and their languages, accounts of slavery and colonial administration, etc. SECOND VOYAGE A LA LOUISIANE has been overlooked or disregarded by most bibliographers, without justification as far as we can see. It contains further observations regarding the conditions in and situation of the French American colonies, including all of the West Indies but especially Louisiana, as well as "the military life of General Grondel, commander of the French armies in Louisiana, and his services against the English and Indians, &c....." Also included is a quite extensive "Vocabulaire Congo" consisting of words and phrases of the dialect of the Congo, and a "Manuel Botanique" describing over 100 species of plants found in the region. A valuable narrative, apparently not listed in TAXONOMIC LITERATURE. WAGNER-CAMP 1a, 2a. FIELD 99. CLARK II:76. HOWES B243, B242, "aa." MONAGHAN 149, 150. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 319. STREETER SALE 1571. SABIN 3980. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 23.