DERNIERES DECOUVERTES DANS L'AMERIQUE SEPTENTRIONALE DE M. LA SALE...
by [Tonti, Henry de]
Paris, 1697. ,333,pp. including the leaf of privilege and three leaves of publishers' advertisements. 19th-century calf, spine gilt, leather label. Bookplate on front pastedown. Minor edge and corner wear, a few small nicks to boards. Minor worming to about a third of the text at upper and inner margins, just touching some letters, mostly in the headlines. Good. This work is generally considered the most reliable account of La Salle's last expedition, describing events from 1678 to 1691, particularly the fatal attempt to establish a colony in Texas and the explorations along the Gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana from 1685 until La Salle's murder in 1687. Tonti spent some time among the Indians of Louisiana and Texas, and accounts of those tribes are included as well. He later denied authorship of this book, but existing manuscripts suggest it was either written by him or compiled from his letters. A decade after La Salle's death, his many powerful enemies still provided incentive for the use of caution. This is the first issue of this work, including the account of pearl fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, which appears on pages 185-188. Those leaves were suppressed by the French government, and most copies have cancel leaves, easily recognizable because they are in smaller type, and omitting the reference to pearl fishing. A most important work for the French exploration of the Gulf Coast, Louisiana, Texas, and the Mississippi. HOWES T294, "c." STREETER SALE 105. GREENLY, MICHIGAN 7. WAGNER SPANISH SOUTHWEST 67. HARRISSE NOUVELLE FRANCE 174. SABIN 96172. GRAFF 4164. CLARK I:27 (note). JONES 361.
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