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VOLNEY, Constantin-François CHASSEBOEUF, comte de.
Tableau du climat et du sol des Etats-Unis d'Amerique. Suivi d'à claircissemens sur la Floride, sur la colonie Française au Scioto, sur quelques colonies canadiennes et sur les sauvages.
1796. Paris: Courcier and Dentu, 'An XII. - 1803'. 8vo (197 x 124mm). Contemporary French green calf over marbled boards, spines gilt in compartments, lettered directly in 2, others decorated in blind, decorative gilt rolls at foot of spine, patterned endpapers, all edges speckled, blue silk markers; pp. I: [4 (half-title, publisher's advertisement on verso, title, verso blank)], xvi, 300; II: [4 (half-title, errata on verso, title, verso blank)], [301]-534, [2 (errata and 'Avis au lecteur', 'Avis au relieur'); 2 engraved folding plates and 2 folding engraved maps by E. Collin; extremities lightly rubbed and bumped, first 4 ll. ff vol. II lightly browned, a few light marks, maps slightly creased, one with skilfully-repaired tear, nonetheless a very fresh and attractive set in a contemporary binding; provenance: Stuart Wells Jackson (1875-1957, etched bookplate by Bernhardt Wall signed in the plate 'Wall '24' on upper pastedown of vol. I). First edition, Sabin's issue A. Tableau du climat et du sol des Etats-Unis d'Amerique is based upon a three-year expedition throughout North America undertaken by the French philosophe, politician, historian and traveller Volney (1757-1820). Although the work was originally intended to be composed of two parts - the present text and a second part on the political and moral characteristics of the United States - Volney eventually decided to restrict himself to the subjects covered in these volumes, and the resulting work is one of the earliest accounts of the geology and climatology of the United States. ‘Volney’s book [however] is not … [Click Below for Full Description]
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