viaLibri Requires Cookies CLICK HERE TO HIDE THIS NOTICE

Recently found by viaLibri....

[AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED BY ANTOINE LOUIS ROUILLÉ, PRESENTING A LETTER OF INTRODUCTION FOR SWEDISH BOTANIST PETER KALM TO CARL FREDRIK SCHEFFER, SWEDISH DIPLOMAT]
Versailles, 1750. [1]p. Remargined with archival paper, repairing two small closed tears at right edge. Lower left corner of original letter sheet lacking, small section of upper left corn town away, neither affecting text. Composed in a neat hand. Good plus. An interesting letter relating to the explorations in colonial America conducted by Peter Kalm, Swedish botanist and naturalist, in the mid-18th century. Kalm travelled in the British colonies and French Canada from 1748 to 1751. Streeter calls Kalm's writing on his experiences, first published in Stockholm in three volumes between 1753 and 1761, "One of the most reliable 18th-century accounts of American natural history, social organization, and political situation." The Swede spent most of 1748 and 1749 in the British colonies, before heading north to Québec, then returning to Sweden in February 1751. This letter, written by French diplomat Antoine Louis Rouillé in April 1750 to a Swedish counterpart in Paris, Carl Fredrik Scheffer, encloses a letter of introduction (not present) promising Kalm "toutes les facilités qu'il pourra raisonnablement desirer," intended to resemble another letter sent directly to Canada on his behalf. The letters apparently had their intended effect, as Kalm was much taken with life in Canada and his treatment by the French colonial government: "His diary shows that his impression of Canadians was much higher than his book suggests. In his published account he speaks glowingly of their personal qualities. He praises the politeness and cheerfulness he found at all levels of society and contrasts the industrious women with the colonial Englishwomen 'who have indeed taken the liberty of throwing all the burden of housekeeping upon their husbands.' In his manuscripts he is even more favourable, comparing Canada with the British colonies as heaven compares with earth, white with black. No doubt part of this feeling stemmed from the royal treatment he had received in New France, thanks to the intervention of the Swedish minister to Paris" - DCB. A letter that provides interesting background on the travels of an important writer on colonial America. "Pehr Kalm," DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN BIOGRAPHY, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/kalm_pehr_4E.html.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana ]
Last Found On: 2017-04-03           Check availability:      ABAA    

LINK TO THIS PAGE: www.vialibri.net/years/items/1884251/1750-kalm-peter-rouille-antoine-louis-autograph-letter-signed-by-antoine-louis

Browse more rare books from the year 1750


      Home     Wants Manager     Library Search     561 Years   Links     Contact      Search Help      Terms of Service     


Copyright © 2017 viaLibri™ Limited. All rights reserved.