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CREVECOEUR, Michel Guillaume St. Jean de (1735-1813
Lettres d'un Cultivateur Américain, écrites a W. S. ecuyer, Depuis l'Année 1770, jusqu'a 1781. Traduites de l'Anglois par ***
1785. Two vols., 12mo. xxiv, 422, [2]; [2], 400, [2] pp. Both vols. uncut, vol. II partially unopened. Contemporary "temporary" binding of patterned paper over flexible boards, all-over decoration of green and pink leaves, traces of original paper labels on spines lettered in MS, inside all 4 covers are printed waste sheets (see below). Preserved in a rust-colored cloth box. Very good. Fascinating copy of this justly famous, highly objective perspective of America from 1770-1781, preserved in original decorated paper boards, and containing printed waste sheets. Vol. I (lower cover): Missal, in Latin, a reading from II Mark 6. Vol. 2 (upper cover) a reading from Proverbs 8 (left column) and Matthew I (right column). Vol. II (lower cover) a reading from Pluchon-Destouches' "Le petit-neveu de Bocace: ou Contes nouveaux, en vers" (cf. the 1787 "Amsterdam" edition, Vol. 2, p. 49, beginning "Jetaient des cris!") and the (first?) chapter heading (cf. ibid., Vol. I, p. 14). Whereas the text from this work is certain, the printer has yet to be identified; it is likely that he was the anonymous printer of the present edition of Crevecoeur. ¶ THE TEXT: Crevecoeur's Letters "had a greater influence in attracting its readers to America than any other book of the period" (Vail). According to Joseph Sabin, "The author was a native of Normandy, of noble birth, and came to the British Colonies at the age of sixteen. Having established himself on a farm near the frontier, he became one of the first victims of the War of Independence, the Indian allies of Great Britain setting fire and destro … [Click Below for Full Description]
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