[BAUDRY DES LOZIÈRES, Louis Narcisse]
Voyage à la Louisiane, et sur le continent de l'Amérique sepentrionale, fait dans les années 1794 à 1798; contenant un tableau historique de la Louisiane, des observations sur son climat, ses riches productions, le caractère et le nom des Sauvages, des remarques importantes sur la navigation, des principes d'administration, de législation et de gouvernement propres à cette colonie
Paris: Dentu, 1802. Octavo. (7 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches). viii, 382pp. Engraved folding map.
Contemporary pink cloth boards, spine titled in manuscript at an early date on a mounted slip of yellow paper
Provenance: Early bookplates on the front pastedown
One of the classic early works on Louisiana from the beginning of the 19th century.
It has been suggested that this work was written when it was first thought that Louisiana would be returned to France, in an effort to demonstrate its importance as a colony. While less a work of personal observation than a collection of contemporary data and reports, the text includes some discussion of Texas, the resident Indian tribes and their languages, accounts of slavery and colonial administration, etc. Pages 348-62 include important Dakota and Chippeway vocabularies. A wonderful Louisiana item and an important book on the early American West.
Wagner-Camp 1a; Field 99; Clark II:76; Howes B243; Monaghan 149; Pilling 319; Streeter Sale 1571; LeClerc 124; Sabin 3979; Monglond V, 1207.