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Kalm, Peter
Utrecht, 1772. Two volumes bound in one: [16],223,[1]; [4],240,[8]pp. plus engraved titlepage, four copper-engraved plates (one folding), and a large folding map. Lacks half-title and the three leaf subscribers list ("Lyst der Intekenaren") in the preliminary section of the second volume. Half title in first volume. Large quarto. Contemporary three-quarter vellum and Dutch patterned floral paper-covered boards, manuscript spine title. Foot of backstrip expertly repaired in matching vellum. Edges worn, boards rubbed, small area of paper loss at bottom corner of front cover. Short tear to large folding map near binding stub. Minimal edge toning to text, but mostly very clean internally. Overall very good. Untrimmed. A very nice, large copy in a handsome original binding of the first Dutch edition of Peter Kalm's travels in North America, after the Swedish first edition of 1753-61 and the rare first English edition published in Warrington in 1770-71. Lande repeated Sabin's assertion, itself taken from a Henry Stevens catalogue, that this Dutch edition is "far superior to the Swedish and English editions." ^Peter Kalm was in America from 1748 to 1751, and provided an account full of detailed and reliable observations. It is an important work for its commentary on colonial American social organization and natural history. Kalm made a notable trip into the back country of New York with the naturalist, John Bartram, as well as travelling in more settled regions. All four plates reflect Kalm's interest in the American natural world, as all show natural subjects: three depict N … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [United States]

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