Paris, 1784. ,511,pp. 12mo. Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt, all edges stained red. Rebacked with original spine laid over. Bookplate on front pastedown. Light tanning, otherwise internally tight and very good. A long and comprehensive French language almanac of the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the European colonies there, expanded from previous editions. Of special interest are several lists giving the names of the colonial administrators and military officers of numerous French colonies in the Caribbean and South America. Also contains a description of each American state, as well as lists of military officers and members of Congress. Writing of the 1783 edition, Sabin says, "It appears by a note on the back of the title that this work was edited by M. [Poncelin] de la Roche-Tillac [sic]. It was continued annually." He also notes notes that he saw none dated later than 1787, but that it may have been continued until 1791. Poncelin de la Roche-Tilhac (1746- 1828) was a French lawyer and counsel for the French admirality, who maintained correspondence with several important American figures, including Benjamin Franklin. BEINECKE LESSER ANTILLES COLLECTION 358. ECHEVERRIA & WILKIE 784/83. SABIN 941 (note). CIORANESCU (XVIII) 50984. (Inventory #: WRCAM51647)
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