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An extremely negative and colourful description of New Orleans, just before the Louisiana Purchase
Vue de la colonie Espagnole du Mississipi, ou des provinces de Louisiane et Floride occidentale, en l'année 1802.Paris, Imprimerie Expéditive, 1803. 8vo. With 2 folding engraved maps by Blondeau after the designs by Pierre Louis Berquin-Duvallon, depicting lower and upper Louisiana, both coloured by hand. Blue paper wrappers, paper title label on spine, uncut. XX, 318, 5, [5] pp. First edition of a work on Louisiana and the western part of Florida, by Pierre Louis Berquin-Duvallon, a Saint-Domingue planter and writer who lived in Louisiana from 1799 until 1802. He was one of the French colonists who fled devastated torn San Domingo in 1803, after black slaves had been successful in their revolt, known as the Haitian Revolution, which resulted in the abolition of slavery on Haiti. The author gives a general survey of the area, with special attention to the river Mississippi and the city of New Orleans, and deals with the climate, soil, flora and fauna, production of sugar, cotton, indigo, tobacco, rice and wood of the area, as well as with its trade and commerce, law, and government. Spine worn; one map slightly stained. Good copy. Barbier IV, col. 1115; Chadenat 1247; Leclerc 1038; Sabin 4962.
Bookseller: ASHER RARE BOOKS [Utrecht, The Netherlands]

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