BOSSU, Jean-Bernard (1720-1792)

Nouveaux voyages dans l'Amérique septentrionale, contenant une collection de lettres écrites sur les lieux...

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... par l'Auteur, à son ami, M. Douin, Chevalier, Capitaine dans les troupes du Roi, ci-devant son camarade dans le nouveau Monde.

8vo (200 x 125 mm) ; xvj, 392 pp. 4 plates of which 1 folding. Contemporary marbled calf, smooth spine with gilt decoration and black title, triple gilt fillet on the boards, red spotted edges. (Several small defects to the paper,  corners bumped, crack to the upper spine, small loss at the head).

First edition of Jean-Bernard Bossu's third voyage to Louisiana. A French naval captain and explorer, Bossu made a first voyage in 1751 during which he befriended the Amerindian populations on the banks of the Mississippi, and more particularly the Arkansas Indians (Akanças). 

He made a second trip in 1759 and a third in 1770. In the present work, the author relates this third trip. Written in the form of letters, this account deals in particular with New Orleans, the Indian tribes and more particularly the Akanças, Cuba, St-Domingue, slavery, etc. The work is illustrated with 4 plates in original colour, one of which is folding, drawn by G. de Saint-Aubin and finely engraved by J. B. Louvion or Le Tellier.

Cohen, 178 ; Leclerc, 825 ; Sabin, 6470 ; Howes, B627.

BOSSU, Jean-Bernard (1720-1792)