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Description De La Louisiane, Nouvellement Découverte au Sud-Ouest de la Nouvelle France.

HENNEPIN, Louis [1626-c1705].

Published by Paris: Amable Auroy, 1688., 1688
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12mo. pp. 6 p.l., 312, 107. 2 woodcut headpieces & initials. woodcut monogram on title. folding map in facsimile. contemporary calf, gilt back (spine ends & corners worn). Second Edition (first: 1683) of the first and most important of Hennepin’s narratives. A Recollet missionary, Father Hennepin came to New France in 1675, and in 1678, he set out with La Salle to explore the fertile basin of the Mississippi River. While La Salle turned back to raise funds to continue the voyage, Hennepin went on to ascend the river from Fort Crevecoeur (Chicago) and penetrated further north-west into the interior than any white man before him. He discovered St. Anthony’s Falls (at Minneapolis, Minnesota) and provided the first eye-witness account of Niagara Falls. He was subsequently captured by the Sioux and after several months’ wandering, was rescued by Daniel De Lhut. "[This] was the first book to use the name Louisiane, albeit that name had been given to this region previously by La Salle and was not Hennepin’s invention as claimed by him." (Howes) "The first account in print of La Salle’s journey to the Illinois country in 1678 and 1679, and the first description in print of the Falls of Niagara, as well as the first account in print of the Mississippi above its confluence with the Wisconsin River. Jean Delanglez in his Hennepin’s Description of Louisiana, a Critical Essay, 1941 has demonstrated now that Hennepin did not write the first two-thirds of the Description de la Louisiane but had plagiarized it from the first third of the Abbé Claude Bernous’s manuscript account of the same voyage instead of the other way around as long thought." (Streeter, citing the first edition of 1683) The Paris 1683 and 1688 editions of the Description are rarer and more valuable than Hennepin’s later accounts, and are rated ‘c’ and ‘b’ by Howes. As often, this copy is lacking the map, which is replaced by an excellent facsimile on watermarked laid paper. Dionne II 215. European Americana 688/121. Howes H-415. Gagnon II 977. Harrisse 160. JCB p. 192. Paltsits li. Sabin 31348. TPL 81. Vail 222. Vlach 375. cfBell H114. cfLande S1057. cfStreeter I 102. DCB II pp. 277-82 & I pp. 256-59. Bookseller Inventory # elala1059

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Title: Description De La Louisiane, Nouvellement ...

Publisher: Paris: Amable Auroy, 1688.

Publication Date: 1688

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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