Paris: L'Imprimerie Royale, 1755. Three volumes. viii,lxxv,181,61,cvii,120; xiii,646; xvi,319pp. plus folding map in first volume. [bound with]: MÉMOIRE CONTENANT LE PRÉCIS DES FAITS, AVEC LEURS PIECES JUSTIFICATIVES, POUR SERVIR DE RÉPONSE AUX OBSERVATIONS ENVOYÉES PAR LES MINISTRES D'ANGLETERRE, DANS LES COURS DE L'EUROPE. Paris. 1756. vi,198,7pp. Quarto. Contemporary mottled calf, spines gilt with leather labels. A few leaves with some toning or foxing, but generally fresh and clean internally. Near fine. Item #WRCAM54311
A valuable collection of historical documents and official papers setting forth the opposing claims of France and England to North American territories. This is the most important contemporary source for the origins of the Seven Years' War. The commissioners, William Shirley (governor of Massachusetts), Sir William Mildmay (representing Great Britain), and the Marquis de la Galissonière and E. de Silhouette (acting on behalf of France), were appointed after the Treaty of Aix-La-Chapelle in 1748 to reach an agreement regarding the definition of the exact geographical boundaries of Acadia, ceded by France to Great Britain by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 under the vague definition of "its ancient limits." The documents and papers contained herein provide a significant historical record of Acadia, with a discussion of the first permanent settlement in Canada, early trading companies, and subsequent occupation of the country. Of particular and great importance is the continual discussion of the early maps, explorers, and geographers of America. Besides the Acadian question, the third and fourth volumes contain considerable material on disputes over St. Lucia and Tobago in the West Indies. Also included are Washington's 1754 journal and Braddock's letters, which had fallen into the hands of the French after the latter's defeat in 1755. The fourth volume, issued two years after the other three volumes, is quite rare and seldom found with the set, as is the case here. It contains extensive arguments, both French and British, regarding Cabot's 1497 voyage. In later editions and in the English version of these papers, this fourth volume was not reprinted. HOWES M508, "c." TPL 235. LANDE 148. VLACH 350. COX II, p.120. SABIN 47547 (incorrectly calling for 3 maps). JCB I:1074.