New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1846-1853. Five volumes. [x],222; ,301; 8,-252; lxxx,268; viii,291pp., plus folding map in two volumes and frontispiece in three volumes. Later three-quarter morocco and marbled boards, spines gilt, marbled endpapers, t.e.g. Spines of first and fifth volumes skillfully and unobtrusively rebacked, original spines laid down. Titlepage of first volume repaired along top edge from a removed signature. Small ownership embossed stamp on titlepage of fourth volume. Some scattered foxing. Very good. Item #WRCAM48988
First editions of four volumes of this important set, with the second volume in a second edition. Contains a wealth of material concerning Louisiana, with "contributors" including La Salle, Joutel, Hennepin, Marquette and Joliet, De Soto, Daniel Coxe, La Harpe, Charlevoix, and many more. "This collection is remarkable for the immense amount of material relating to the aborigines of America, being almost wholly composed of memoirs and narratives, in the language of the original explorers" - Field. The fifth volume is entitled HISTORICAL MEMOIRS OF LOUISIANA, FROM THE FIRST SETTLEMENTS OF THE COLONY TO THE DEPARTURE OF GOVERNOR O'REILLY IN 1770.... This is the first collected publication, in English, of some of the most important narratives of the early South and Mississippi Valley. HOWES F372. STREETER SALE 1608. FIELD 567. CLARK I:11. SABIN 25852, 25853.