JEFFERYS, Thomas (d.1771, publisher)
The Natural and Civil History of the French Dominions in North and South America
London: printed for Thomas Jefferys, 1760. 2 parts in one volume, folio. (14 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches). Titles printed in red and black. , 168; , 246pp. 18 engraved folding maps and plans, by Jefferys.
Contemporary calf, expertly rebacked to style, spine gilt with raised bands, red morocco lettering piece in the second compartment, marbled endpapers
Provenance: John Clevland (early booklabel)
An important mid-18th century work on French Canada, Louisiana and the French colonies in the Caribbean: "A monumental geographical work important equally for its text as well as its maps" (Streeter).
The introduction to the first part makes clear the reasons for the publication of the work at the end of the French and Indian War: "The Possessions of the French upon the Continent of North America, were always an interesting object to Great-Britain, as it is always necessary to know the Situation, Strength and Resources of contiguous Dominions that belong to a powerful State, whose Opposition of Interest makes her a natural Enemy, and whose military and commercial Knowledge makes her formidable as well in Peace as in War. But the Knowledge of this Territory is now become yet more important, as Providence has thought fit by a Series of Successes almost miraculous, to make it our own."
The editor goes on to note that the text is compiled from the "best Accounts that are already extant, either in our own or other Languages, and improved by Materials that have from Time to Time been communicated to the Editor." The text includes notes on the geography and history of the area described together with useful notes on the natural history and the economic potential of the newly acquired lands. The maps by Thomas Jefferys are justly celebrated for their accuracy, as well as aesthetic appeal.
First edition, corrected second issue. This copy matches the second issue in that it includes the inserted pages *129-*138 which give an account of the French attempt to retake Quebec in 1760, and includes the overslip on p.80 in the second part, listing the parishes of Guadeloupe.
Lande 471; Sabin 35964; Field 775; Howes J83; Staton & Tremaine/TPL 319; Streeter sale I:128; Waldon p.454; Reese, Struggle for North America 51.