RELATION DU VOYAGE DU PORT ROYAL DE L'ACADIE, OU DE LA NOUVELLE FRANCE. DANS LAQUELLE ON VOIT UN DETAIL DES DIVERS MOUVEMENS DE LA MER DANS UNE TRAVERSEE DE LONG COURS...
by Diereville, N. de
Rouen, 1708. ,236,,7pp. Half title. 12mo. 19th-century three-quarter green morocco and cloth, spine gilt. Spine discolored to brown (but not unattractively). Bookplate ("Mercatoris S. Henrici") on front pastedown of noted collector Henry Marquand on front free endpaper. Quite clean internally. Very good. Diereville went to New France with a boat load of trade goods for a French merchant firm, and spent a year at Port Royal from the fall of 1699 to the fall of 1700. His account of the trip includes descriptions of flora and fauna, life in New France, tribes of Indians encountered, and particularly the beaver and the trade in beaver pelts. The work is unusual in that it is partly written in verse. Evidently the author originally intended the whole as a poem, but his friends convinced him it would not be credible unless some of it was in prose. This is the third and best of three Rouen editions, distinguished by containing a seven-page supplement describing the unsuccessful British attack on Port Royal in 1707, with an altered titlepage noting the addition. LANDE 183. TPL 125 (1710 ed). SABIN 20128. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 708/39. ARENTS ADDITIONS 596. LANDE 183.
(Inventory #: WRCAM39709)
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