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The Works of Samuel DeChamplain. Reprinted, Translated & Annotated by Six Canadian Scholars.Edited by H.P. Biggar.
Toronto. Champlain Society. 1922-1936. - 8vo.23.5cm, in 7 volumes, containing 82 maps and plates, many folding,(including separate portfolio of plates and maps), limited and numberededition, this being 72, in the original crested red cloth, t.e.g., formerowner's bookplate in volumes one & seven, spines slightly faded as usual(titles clear), else a fine set. (cgc) With the text in French andEnglish. T.P.L. 30. Waterston p203. Champlain's vigorous descriptions ofQuebec, Tadoussac, the St. Lawrence and Acadian regions were not fullyavailable in English translation until 1936. He presented his commentson trade, exploration and climate in a series of official reports between1604 and 1632. Samuel de Champlain, explorer and colonizer, was born atBrouage, France, about 1567. Visiting America in 1601, he was appointedroyal geographer on his return to France; and in 1603 he made his firstvisit to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In 1604 he accompanied Monts'expedition to Acadia, and he spent the next three years exploring andmapping the coasts of Acadia and northern New England. In 1608 hecommanded the expedition which founded the post of Quebec and the restof his life was mainly devoted to making this settlement a success. In1612 he was appointed commandant in New France; and in 1627 he becameGovernor of the Colony under the Company of One Hundred Associates. Hiswork as an explorer and geographer, was, however, no less noteworthy thanhis work as a colonizer. In 1613 he visited the upper Ottawa Valley, andin 1615-16 he reached Georgian Bay, by way of the Ottawa River and LakeNipissing; spent a winter among the Huron Indians; followed the Trentvalley south to Lake Ontario; and penetrated into the Iroquois countryin Northern New York. Here Champlain had an encounter with the Iroquoiswhich proved later disastrous for the French colonists; but this resulthe could hardly have foreseen. Champlain died at Quebec on December 25,1635 but with the satisfaction of seeing the colony of New France firmlyestablished. His writings are classics of early North American travel.Wallace DCB. The definitive edition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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