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JOURNAL D'UN VOYAGE A LA LOUISIANE, FAIT EN 1720.
Paris: Chez Musier, Fils, & Fournier, 1768. - 8,316,[3]pp. Half title. 12mo. Contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spine gilt, leather label. Extremities lightly rubbed. Old cancelled institutional stamps on half title. Bookplate on front pastedown. A fresh, clean copy. Very good. A rare account by the commander of the 1720 French scientific expedition to Louisiana, the French West Indies, and the Gulf of Mexico. Vallette Laudun led the first detailed survey made of Louisiana by the French government, three years after the founding of New Orleans and at the height of enthusiasm over John Law's Mississippi Company. "Vallette was the commander of the TOULOUSE, which sailed from Toulon in March, 1720, and reached Dauphin Island, on Mobile Bay, early in July" - Clark. The text consists of 132 letters to an unnamed French lady, which collectively provide a vivid picture of Vallette Laudun's voyage, the French dominions in Louisiana and the Mississippi Valley, and the things Vallette Laudun saw there. The same voyage is described in Laval's sumptuous work of 1728. Not in Servies but should be, as the author led the survey described by Laval, which Servies does include. One of the rarest early publications about Louisiana. HOWES V12. CLARK I:164. BELL V14. SABIN 98393. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 4 (note).
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