Paris: Courcier, 1803. Two volumes. ,xvi,300;,-534,, plus two foldings maps and two folding plates. Half titles. Three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spines gilt, leather labels, all edges stained red. Hinges rubbed, edges and corners slightly worn. Bookplates on front pastedowns. A few scattered fox marks and small dampstains, but generally clean. About very good. Volney came to America to avoid imprisonment by the French government, and brought with him a large measure of education and sophistication, as well as a small bundle of prejudices: he was a vehement anticlericalist and opponent of things Rousseauian. Jefferson felt he might have been a catalyst for the Federalist Alien Acts. There is a small map of North America and a much larger map of the United States, all east of the Mississippi. The map of the continent, small as it is, still represents fairly advanced cartographical knowledge. This copy is of the variant (no priority) with the Miami vocabulary separately paginated. The work is valuable for its notes on French colonies in the Ohio and Mississippi valleys. HOWES V141. CLARK II:69. PILLING 4061. FIELD 2449. MONAGHAN 1472. BUCK 49. (Inventory #: WRCAM51639)
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