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Nouveaux Voyages Dans L'Amerique Septentrionale.

BOSSU, Jean Bernard.

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BOSSU, Jean Bernard. Nouveaux Voyages Dans L'Amerique Septentrionale.Amsterdam [i.e.Paris], 1777. xvi, 392pp. plus 4 plates (1 folding) including frontis. Half title. Contemporary full calf, internally crisp and clean. A near fine copy. Howes B-627, "aa." Streeter Sale 1520. Monaghan 267. Graff 362. Field 158. Hubach, p.13. Alvin 6470. Bossu, an officer in the French army, first came to Louisiana in the 1750's. He travelled mainly in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, although he ascended the Mississippi as far as the French settlements in Illinois. His first book, not to be confused with this one (as Clark does), covers his first two trips to Louisiana and was issued in 1768. It caused the author a good deal of trouble with the authorities and he was imprisoned briefly; however, the book was a great success and was widely reprinted. The present work, with a slightly different title, is in fact an entirely new book, and describes Bossu's third trip to Louisiana, in 1771-72. His previous trouble with the government probably accounts for the false imprint of Amsterdam, and possibly for the rarity of the book in general. Both Rich and field remark that this is a "much scarcer work" than Bossu's more famous volume, a notion which is born out of our experience. Bookseller Inventory # 50206

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