NATURAL AND CIVIL HISTORY OF THE FRENCH DOMINIONS IN NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA. With an Historical Detail of the Acquisitions, and Conquests, Made by the British Arms in Those Parts... Part I. Containing a Description of Canada and Louisiana [and] Part II. Containing Part of the Islands of St. Domingo and St. Martin, St. Bartholomew, Guadaloupe, Martinico, La Grenade and the Island and Colony of Cayenne

NATURAL AND CIVIL HISTORY OF THE FRENCH DOMINIONS IN NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA. With an Historical Detail of the Acquisitions, and Conquests, Made by the British Arms in Those Parts... Part I. Containing a Description of Canada and Louisiana [and] Part II. Containing Part of the Islands of St. Domingo and St. Martin, St. Bartholomew, Guadaloupe, Martinico, La Grenade and the Island and Colony of Cayenne

(London: For T. Jefferys; W. Johnston, et al., 1761; 1761).

RARE FIRST EDITION AND AN IMPORTANT ENGLISH WORK ON THE FRENCH COLONIES IN AMERICA. It includes many large and beautiful maps and plans provided by the "Geographer to King George III". The work has great historical value on many subjects of study, "giving a particular account of the climate, soil, minerals, animals, vegetables, manufactures, trade, commerce and languages, together with the religion, government, genius, character, manners and customs of the Indians and other inhabitants. In all this is "[A] monumental geographical work important equally for its text as well as its maps" (Streeter).
Issued during the French and Indian War, this work describes and maps many of the French possessions that were to pass to England at the War's conclusion in 1763. The 18 maps are all listed in Phillips and many (New Orleans, Louisburg) are the first maps listed or are among the earliest listed for the area. They are comprised of; A Map of Canada, with the North Part of Louisiana; A Plan of the City of Quebec the Capital of Canada; Plan of the Town and Fortifications of Montreal or Villemarie in Canada; A New Map of Nova Scotia and Cape Britain; A Plan of the City and Harbour of Louisburg; An Authentic Plan of the River St. Laurence from Sillery, to the Fall of Montmorenci; North America From the French of Mr. D'Anville Improved with the Back Settlements of Virginia and Course of Ohio; Plan of New Orleans The Capital of Louisiana; The West Indies Exhibiting the English, French, Spanish, Dutch & Danish Settlements; The Island of Hispaniola; An Authentic Plan of the Town and Harbour of Cap Francois; Guadaloupe one of the Caribbee Islands; Plan of the Town of Basse Terre; Martinico, one of the Caribbee Islands; Plan of the Town and Citadel of Fort Royal; Plan of the Town and Fort of Grenada; The Island and Colony of Cayenne; Plan of the Town of Cayenne. Item #30439

Two parts in one volume. First edition, second issue. Illustrated by maps and plans of the principle places, including nine fine and very large engraved folding maps and nine large folding and wonderfully detailed city or fortification plans. The maps and plans dated 1758 - 1760 and considered the first editions. Separate title-pages to each part are present. Folio. (14 x 9 1/4 inches), in very handsome full paneled calf to style, the boards with a large central panel in blind featuring an ornately tooled inner panel and a fine outer panel with corner-pieces, the spine with raised bands double-ruled in gilt, and a maroon morocco label double-gilt ruled and gilt lettered. Now housed in a handsome gilt lettered brown morocco backed slipcase with chemise. [vi], 168; [1], [ii], 246 pp. A very handsome and fine copy, the text-block fresh, sturdy, clean and unpressed, a little minor age toning to the prelims but otherwise surprisingly bright, the maps and plans all in fine state as well, the very attractive binding is very well preserved with only minor evidence of use.

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