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Journal d'un Voyage à la Louisiane fait en 1720. Par M***, Capitaine de Vaisseau du Roi
The Hague, 'et se trouve à Paris': Chez Muiser, Fils, & Fournier, 1768. 12mo. Contemporary sheep-backed figured paper-covered boards, spine in six compartments with raised bands, the bands flanked by double gilt fillets, lettering-piece in the second compartment A fine copy of the first edition of one of the rarest early publications about Louisiana. The author of this work, De Vallette-Laudun, was the commander of the Toulouse , and led the French government-backed scientific expedition of 1720 to Louisiana, the French West Indies and Gulf of Mexico. It resulted in the first detailed survey of Louisiana, just three years after the founding of New Orleans, at the height of enthusiasm over John Law's Mississippi Company. The present epistolary narrative contains 132 letters addressed to an unnamed lady, which together provide a vivid picture of the expedition and include interesting details concerning Santo Domingo, Cuba and the French settlements in Louisiana and the Mississippi valley. This is one of the rarest early works on Louisiana: just five copies are located by the Catalogue Collectif de France, and only two copies are listed as having sold at auction in France in the past fifty years. We could locate only the Littell copy selling at auction in the U.S. (Parke-Bernet, 1945). The present copy (like the Littell copy) is without the two final leaves (the 'approbation censoriale' and the 'privilège'); the catalogue of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France notes that these leaves are "absents de certains exemplaires, ont dû être ajoutés après". Bell V14; Clark I:164; Howes V12; Sabin 98393. (6 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches). [1]-8, 1-316 pp. Half-title. (Without the two final leaves giving the 'approbation censoriale' and the 'privilège' issued later [see below]).
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