LES LOUISIANAISES POÉSIES NOUVELLES ... PREMIER VOLUME
by [Creole Poetry]: Saint-Céran, Tullius
Nouvelle-Orleans: Imprimé par J. L. Sollée, 1840. 90,pp. Contemporary cloth backed marbled boards. Scattered foxing and tanning, boards edgeworn, with cracking to inner hinges, rear free endsheet excised, but still, a good or better copy. First edition of St.-Céran's last volume of poetry published in his lifetime (1800-1855) - - no further volume appeared. St.-Céran was born in Jamaica to French parents who then moved to New Orleans in 1805 due to the civil unrest. He trained in the printer's trade, and after a brief but unsuccessful attempt at a career in Cuba, he returned to New Orleans. In 1825 he established a private school and was appointed editor of the French sections of the GAZETTE DE LA LOUISIANE. He wrote fluently in French, Spanish and English, and taught languages and undertook translations as a sources of income. He published four volumes of verse, as well as part of an autobiographical novel. Jumonville cites two variants of this book, the second of which includes only 80pp. but otherwise appears to be functionally identical. OCLC locates two copies of that variant, with the source copy for the entry being imperfect, with only a typed title-page. Given that page 80 in this copy marks the conclusion of the penultimate signature, it is just possible that the 80pp. variant simply lacks the concluding signature. Laid into this copy is an undated (but ca. 1930s) a.l.s., 1 1/2pp., from Louisiana literary doyen, Edward L. Tinker, to a former owner, about St.-Céran and the book. A similar typed letter, from R. Usher, the Librarian of the Howard Memorial Library in New Orleans, 28 January 1931, one page, is also laid in, covering some of the same territory. JUMONVILLE 1175. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 5929. THOMSON 2111. OCLC 198367834. (Inventory #: WRCLIT76219)
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