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VOYAGE DANS LA HAUTE PENSYLVANIE ET DANS L'ÉTAT DE NEW- YORK...PAR UN MEMBRE ADOPTIF DE LA NATION ONÉIDA. TRADUIT ET PUBLIÉ PAR L'AUTEUR DES LETTRES D'UN CULTIVATEUR AMÉRICAIN
Paris, 1801. Half title in each volume. Modern three-quarter tan calf and marbled boards, spines gilt, leather labels. Occasional age-toning, but very neat and clean. A near fine set. The first edition of this little-known work by Crèvecoeur, which was not translated into English until the 1960s. A German edition appeared in 1802. Despite the wording in the title, this is an original work by Crèvecoeur, offered under the guise of a translation. The author spent twenty-four years in North America and contributed some of the finest literature of the Revolutionary era. The present work is largely devoted to the Indians of the Pennsylvania frontier in the period before the arrival of Europeans in that region. Unfairly overlooked at the time of its publication, the work presents much interesting and important information. Modern scholars (see THE WILLIAM & MARY QUARTERLY issue cited below) have placed Crèvecoeur's LETTERS FROM AN AMERICAN FARMER... and his short study of the Caribbean firmly in the school of the 18th-century philosophers interested in "global anthropology" and "cultural geography." The present work, focused as it is on the characteristics and customs of American Indians, would seem to be a further important contribution by Crèvecoeur to that movement. "This work is distinguished by its valuable details on the aboriginal tribes, and their gradual disappearance. No other writer has so well described the Indian great councils, or assemblies, where they deliberate on their public interests" - Sabin. A number of the plates are handsome depictions of Indian chiefs and warriors, and ancient fortifications. The frontispiece portrait in the first volume is of George Washington, to whom the VOYAGE... is dedicated. The well-executed maps are detailed renderings of the eastern and southern United States, Niagara, and the Great Lakes region.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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