[BERQUIN-DUVALLON, PIERRE-LOUIS], translated by DAVIS, JOHN. Travels in Louisiana and the Floridas, in the Year 1802, Giving a Correct Picture of Those Countries.
New York: I. Riley & Co., 1806. First American edition, and the only edition in English. Period sprinkled calf, spine gilt lettered and decorated, all edges speckled red. 6 3/4 x 4 inches (17.5 x 10.25 cm); viii, 181 pp. Light wear to boards and rubbing to spine, spine ends chipped, corners softened, occasional toning and spotting to contents.
The Frank T. Siebert - Herschel V. Jones copy, in its contemporary sprinkled calf binding. A scarce and amusing, though oftentimes unflattering, picture of Spanish Louisiana and Florida at the beginning of the 19th century, just prior to the Louisiana purchase. It contains a wealth of information on New Orleans and Creole culture, as well as details about the region's agriculture, population, flora, fauna and history, as well as commentary on slavery, the Haitian Revolution, the region's Native American tribes, and General William Augustus Bowles. The translator's preface and notes provide corrections, precisions, asides and an American perspective on the original French text. Howes B389, Streeter sale 3:1533, Jones 712, Monaghan 208, Servies 784, Clark II: 79, Sabin 4965; American Imprints 9959, Siebert II 684 (this copy).
C The Collection of Jay I. Kislak sold to benefit the Kislak Family Foundation
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