Paris: A l'Imprimerie Expeditive, 1803. xx,318,,[4, errata]pp. plus two colored folding maps. Half title. Contemporary tree calf, spine gilt, leather label, marbled endpapers. Minor shelf wear to the binding. Later bookplate on front pastedown, small hole and repaired tear to half title, minor foxing, a few leaves toned. A mostly clean copy in good condition. Item #WRCAM48798A
First edition of this "entertaining and gossipy first-hand picture of life in New Orleans at the turn of the century....At the end are general accounts of the natural features of Louisiana, its commerce, and other general subjects. Its two colored maps, one of lower, the other of upper Louisiana...are well worth-while" - Streeter. "This resident observer has given a good description of Louisiana and West Florida...[during] the year in which the dominion of this region passed to the United States" - Raines. The work was immediately popular. Two more editions appeared before the 1806 New York translation, with an 1804 German translation as well.
The Streeter copy was bought by Goodspeed's for $375 in 1968. HOWES B389, "aa." SABIN 4962. STREETER SALE 1530. CLARK II:79. RAINES, p.74. SERVIES 766. REESE, FEDERAL HUNDRED 94. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 23 (note).