Histoire et Description Generale de la Nouvelle France, avec Le Journal Historique d'un Voyage fait par ordre du Roi dans l'Amerique Septentrionale. de CHARLEVOIX, ierre Francois Xavier.

Histoire et Description Generale de la Nouvelle France, avec Le Journal Historique d'un Voyage fait par ordre du Roi dans l'Amerique Septentrionale.

Paris. Chez Didot, quai des Augustins, a la Bible d'or. 1744. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to. 25.5cm, the First Edition, in three volumes, xxvi,664 & xv,[1],582,56 & xiv,543pp. complete with half titles, (titles printed in red and black with engraved vignettes), 3 elaborate copper engraved headpieces and numerous woodcut head-pieces and initials. With 28 maps and plans (26 folding) by Jacques Nicholas Bellin and 44 engraved plates on 22 folding sheets (showing 96 varieties of American flora). in contemporary full calf, raised bands, gilt decorated in the panels, double crushed red and green morocco labels, a fine set, unrestored. (cgc) T.P.L. 4697. Lande 125. Sabin 12135. Streeter I-123. Gagnon I- 793. Dionne II-439. Howes 307. Vlach 144. This famous work on which the author spent 20 years of research is the first narrative history of New France and covers the period from 1500-1739. Charlevoix made a two year expedition through the French territories in North America, from Quebec to New Orleans, visiting missions and fur-trading posts in 1720-23. The work is full of information about the Indian tribes and settlements, especially those of the Mississippi country. It contains the first bibliography of New France; an illustrated descriptive catalogue of the principal plants of North America and an annotated calendar of major voyages and discoveries. The distinguished cartographer Nicholas Bellin prepared the 28 fine maps & plans especially for this publication and includes Acadia, Louisbourg, Port Royale Quebec, Rivers St. Lawrence and Saguenay, Montreal, Hudson's & James Bay, Great Lakes, Louisianna etc. The `Histoire' was issued by a number of booksellers but the collation of different sets of this first edition does not vary greatly. `La veuve Ganeau' is the most common imprint; others encountered are Giffart and Rollin. The imprint of Didot is the least common, of the references listed above it is cited only by Vlach. Item #37605

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