(8 x 5 inches). 20 engraved maps and plates (8 folding), as issued, and EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with 3 engraved plates from the 1703 first edition. Later mottled calf by Morrell, gilt triple-fillet borders with circular floral corner designs on the covers, spine with raised bands in six compartments, decoratively tooled in gilt, morocco gilt lettering pieces in the second and third compartments, all edges gilt. Provenance: Jonathan Carter (contemporary signature on title) The principal early-18th century description of Canada: this beautiful copy of the second edition extra-illustrated with three additional plates from the first. Lahontan's narrative is of considerable value for his travels in the Lake region. There is much accurate information about the region, including an Algonquin dictionary at the rear of the second volume. The additional Letter XVI, which details a fictional journey west of the Mississippi, has often placed this work in a poor light. Historian Reuben Gold Thwaites suggests, however, that it can be read as "an anticipation of Swift;" that is, that the chapter was an intentional parody. "In simple sentences, easily read and comprehended by the masses, Lahontan recounted not only his own adventures and the important events that occurred beneath his eyes in the much-talked-of region of New France, but drew a picture of the simple delights of life in the wilderness, more graphic than had yet been presented to the European world. His idyllic account of manners and customs among the savages in the heart of the American forest . was a picture which fascinated the 'average reader' in that romantic age, eager to learn of new lands and strange peoples" (Thwaites, "Introduction" in his 1905 edition of Lahontan's New Voyages). Although the title describes the work as complete with 23 engraved "maps and cuts," this second edition of Lahontan's New Voyages was only issued with 20 (the title statement being a holdover from the first edition). This copy, however, contains the three plates supplied from a copy of the first edition. All three plates appear in the first volume, facing pages 55, 161 and 185 respectively. Howes L25; Sabin 38645; Pilling 2184. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: New Voyages to North-America. Containing an ...
Publisher: Printed for J. Osborn [vol I]; Printed for J. Walthoe, R. Wilkin, J. and J. Bonwicke, J. Osborn, S. Birt, T. Ward and E. Wicksteed [vol II]
Publication Date: 1735
Binding: 2 volumes, 8vo
Book Description 2018. Softcover. Condition: New. This is a reprint of the original work published in 1703. We are professionally publishing these works using the classic text and artwork. The content of this print on demand book has not been changed. The book is printed in black and white. Illustrations if any are also in black and white. Re-sized. Sewn perfect bound for longer life. Fold-outs if any not included. This is a reprint of a very old book so there might be some imperfections like blurred pages poor images or missing pages which we were not able to remove. If the book is a multi volume set then this is only a single volume. We are proud to offer numerous titles all at incredible prices with worldwide delivery to over 100 countries. Printed on acid free paper. The image if shown any is for reference only so that you can be sure of the book title before buying. Original Publisher: London : Printed for H. Bonwicke ., T. Goodwin, M. Wotton, B. Tooke .; and S. Manship . Language: eng Pages: 348 Volume: v.1 (1703). Seller Inventory # S990002182261