Engraved vignette on each title, three engraved plates after Gravelot, & several engraved headpieces. xix, 324 pp.; 1 p.l., viii, 359 pp. Two vols. Small 8vo, cont. red morocco, triple gilt fillets round sides, spines gilt, arms in gilt on each cover of Anne Catherine de Paule Lefèvre d'Ormesson, a.e.g. Paris: Duchesne, 1765. First edition of a rather interesting and varied book. Lafargue (1728-95), born in Dax in southwestern France, was a lawyer to the parlement of Paris and a member of a number of academies (Bordeaux, Lyon, and Caen). This work contains a translation of the anonymous A Geographical History of Nova Scotia, which was written for prospective settlers and based on the author's own observations. It is one of the first statements of the rival claims of the French and British to Nova Scotia. The book also prints a letter from Lafargue to Voltaire with Voltaire's response, a number of poems and epigrams, translations of classical texts, a "Traité de la Prononciation Oratoire," etc. Fine and handsome set, printed on thick paper. The owner of this copy (see above), was the daughter of the dedicatee, Marie François de Paule Lefèvre d'Ormesson. ❧ N.B.G., Vol. 28, cols. 684-85. (Inventory #: 5785)
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