LESCARBOT, Marc (1570-1642)
[Histoire de la Nouvelle-France. Contenant les navigations, decouvertes, & habitations faites par les Francois es Indes Occidentales & Nouvelle-France...Troisiesme Edition enrichie de plusieurs choses singuliere]
[Paris: Chez Adrian Perier, 1618]. 8vo. -56, 970, pp. Lacks the title page and all four maps.
The desirable third edition of Lescarbot: textually the most complete, with the final corrections and additions by the author.
Lescarbot was a French writer and lawyer who spent the winter of 1606-7 at Port Royal, Acadia. He gives accounts of early French voyages and discoveries in America such as those of Villegagnon to Brazil, Verrazzano, Ribaut and Laudonnière to Florida, Champlain, sieurs de Poutrincourt and de Monts, Cartier, and Roberval. Also included is much information concerning the Indian tribes, especially those of northeastern Canada, to whom the second book in this English edition is devoted. Much of the material Lescarbot collected himself, interviewing members of the early expeditions and recording his own observations and experiences. Field, in describing the first French edition, states: "His descriptions of Indian Life and peculiarities are very interesting, an account both of their fidelity, and from being among the first authentic relations, we have of them after Cartier."
Church 372, 373; Harisse 31; European Americana 618/74; Sabin 40173-74.