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Vue De La Colonie Espagnole Du Mississippi, Ou Des Provinces De Louisiane Et Floride Occidentale, En L'Année 1802, Par Un Observateur Résident Sur Les Lieux
Paris: L' Imprimerie Expeditive, 1803., 1803. 8vo. pp. xx, 318, 5, [1]avis au relieur, [3]errata. complete with half-title. 2 folding hand-coloured engraved maps. contemporary mottled calf, rebacked retaining endleaves & spine label (corners worn). engraved bookplates of Robert R.Livingston of Clermont & John Bigelow. First Edition. An interesting account of Louisiana, published in the year of the Louisiana Purchase, including varied details and observations on climate and physical geography, trade, population, flora and fauna, the timber industry, the cultivation of cotton, indigo, tobacco, rice, and other products, native races, government, law, the refining of sugar, slavery, the Creoles, the Acadians, fashionable dress, social life in New Orleans, &c. The author was born in Santo Domingo, where he became 'procureur du roi' before the slave uprising. The present work is based on his two and a half years' residence in Louisiana. The two maps engraved by Blondeau, the royal engraver, depict (1) Lower Louisiana and West Florida, New Orleans and the mouth of the Mississippi, and (2) the Upper Mississippi as far south as Natchez. A wonderful association copy. Robert R.Livingston of Clermont [1746-1813] was a member of the Continental Congress, 1775-76, 1779-81, 1784-85. Serving on the congressional committee appointed to draft a declaration of independence, he was one of the principal speakers for its postponement, on the grounds that it was inexpedient. From 1781 to 1783 he acted as secretary of the newly created Department of Foreign Affairs. He was also active in New York affairs, notably serving on the committee to draft the first New York constitution, 1777, and holding the post of chancellor of New York State, 1777-1801. "Except for Alexander Hamilton, no individual contributed more towards New York's ratification of the Federal Constitution.As U.S. minister to France, 1801-04, he scored the greatest diplomatic success recorded in American history by seizing the opportunity offered the United States for the purchase of Louisiana." (Concise Dict. of Am. Biography) This copy later belonged to John Bigelow [1817-1911], who served as consul-general at Paris, 1861-65, and minister to France, 1865-66. Barbier IV 1115. Clark II 79. Howes B-389. Rader 352. Sabin 4962. Streeter III 1530. Winsor XII p. 550.. 1st Edition.
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