FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR
Mémoires des Commissaires du Roi et de Ceux de sa Majesté Britannique, sur les Possessions & les Droits Respectifs des Deux Couronnes en Amérique
Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1755-1757. 4 volumes, quarto. (10 x 7 1/2 inches). Woodcut head- and tailpieces. viii, lxxv, , 181,, 61, ,cvii,120; xiii, , 646; xvi,319, ; , xxv, , 654pp. 2 engraved folding maps.
Contemporary mottled calf gilt with arms of the duke of Sutherland on upper covers, spine gilt in compartments with fleurs-de-lys and crowned L monogram, red morocco lettering-pieces, red speckled edges
Provenance: George Granville Leveson-Gower, Duke of Sutherland and Marquis of Stafford (gilt arms on binding, armorial bookplate)
Critical work on the French and Indian War, particularly respecting Canada: with the very rare fourth volume, seldom found with the set.
A valuable collection of historical documents and official papers setting forth the opposing claims of France and England to North American territories. This is the most important contemporary source for the origins of the Seven Years' War. The commissioners, William Shirley (governor of Massachusetts), Sir William Mildmay (representing Great Britain), and the Marquis de la Galissonière and E. de Silhouette (acting on behalf of France), were appointed after the Treaty of Aix-La-Chapelle in 1748 to reach an agreement regarding the definition of the exact geographical boundaries of Acadia, ceded by France to Great Britain by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 under the vague definition of "its ancient limits." The documents and papers contained herein provide a significant historical record of Acadia, with a discussion of the first permanent settlement in Canada, early trading companies, and subsequent occupation of the country. Of particular and great importance is the continual discussion of the early maps, explorers, and geographers of America. Besides the Acadian question, the third and fourth volumes contain considerable material on disputes over St. Lucia and Tobago in the West Indies. The fourth volume, issued two years after the other three volumes, is quite rare and seldom found with the set, although is present here.
Howes M508; TPL 235; Lande 148; Vlach 350; COX II, p.120; Sabin 47547 (incorrectly calling for 3 maps); JCB I:1074.