New York. 1806. viii,181pp. Contemporary marbled boards, rebacked in modern red cloth. Corners heavily worn. Bookplate on front pastedown, ownership signatures on titlepage. Lightly foxed. Light dampstaining to upper corner of last half of text. Pp.179-180 provided in photographic facsimile. Fair. In a red morocco solander box. Item #WRCAM48560
The only English edition of an important work concerning Louisiana at the end of Spanish and French rule and the emerging American takeover. The author is known only as M. Berquin-Duvallon. He gives an unflattering picture of Spanish Louisiana, with descriptions of the flamboyant Creole lifestyle and the ill effects of slavery, as well as notes regarding agricultural productions (especially sugar), the look of New Orleans, and other aspects of the country. Despite the title of this translation, the author's experience was mostly confined to the area around New Orleans and not in West Florida. Authorities agree that this is an important, if jaded, source for Louisiana at the time. This edition is quite rare, far more so than the French first. CLARK II:79. STREETER SALE 1533. SABIN 4965. HOWES B389, "aa."