La Decouverte des Sources du Mississippi et de la Riviere Sanglante. Description Du Cours entier du Mississippi ...
New Orleans: Benj. Levy, 1824. 8vo. (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches). , 327, pp. Errata slip. Uncut.
Original blue paper-covered boards, expertly rebacked to style, paper spine label.
The rare first edition of this Italian explorer's adventures in America.
"[Beltrami] found his way to the upper reaches of the Mississippi River, where he joined an expedition led by Maj. Stephen Long. The latter wrote of him, 'an Italian whom we met at Fort St. Anthony, attached himself to the expedition and accompanied us to Pembina.' Beltrami subsequently traveled down the Mississippi to New Orleans" (Wagner-Camp). "He undertook a hazardous and lonely journey in his search for the sources of the Mississippi and other rivers, in which he claimed success" (Clark). An expanded English translation was printed in London in 1828, and included a folding map illustrating the routes travelled in America, detailing Beltrami's view of the geography of the headwaters of the Mississippi. The inclusion of the map in the later edition was in response to the criticism the author received for not providing a map in this, the first edition of the work. However, the present first edition, in French, is considerably more rare.
Wagner-Camp 26a:1; Jumonville 417; Field 110; Howes B338, "aa"; Buck 181; Leclerc 135; Clark Ii:182; Monaghan 178a; Pilling, Proof-Sheets 340; Sabin 4604; Rosenbach, American Jewish 255.