Place Published: Paris
Publisher: chez L. Cellot, imprimeur-libraire, rue Dauphine
Date Published: 1768-69
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
First editions. Four volumes, 6, 7, 8, & 9. in duo decimo format, 16.5 × 9 cm. (3-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches). Full contemporary dark calfskin bindings, ribbed spines with gilt tooling, damaged caps lacking leather at the top of the spines. Marbled endpapers, all edges in red. Previous owner’s name written on fly leaves. A good set. Each vol. has a nice summary of the contents (table des matiéres).
Laporte’s letters regarding Canada, Hudson’s Bay, Newfoundland, and Acadia give the impression that he wrote these letters in situ between 13 July 1747 and 15 April 1749.
The contents, for example, discuss the customs of the Hurons, the arrival of the Ursuline nuns, and the character of the French people in New France. A member of the Society of Jesus, Laporte was a prolific literary critic, poet, playwright, and expert on travel literature. But he was never a traveller, and his accounts, based on the voyages of genuine explorers, are now considered to be fiction This entire work is a compilation of travelogues, presented in letter form, from a gentleman to a lady, about everything he sees and observes. Vols. 1 to 26 in 12 volumes were compiled by Joseph de Laporte. Vols. 27 and 28 were compiled by Abbot de Fontenai (1736-1806). Vol. 28 appeared by Moutard in 1787. Vols. 29 to 42 were compiled by Louis Domairon (1745-1807).
• Vol. 6, 1768: le Japon – la Corée – la Tartarie orientale – la Tartarie occidentale. 454 pp. + 1 unnumbered leaf (extrait du catalogue des livres qui se trouvent chez Vincent).
• Vol. 7, 1768: la Sibérie – la nouvelle Zemble – la Russie. 504 pp
• Vol. 8, 1768: la Laponie – la Norvège – l’Islande – le Groenland – la baye d’Hudson – l’Isle de Terre-Neuve et ses environs – l’Acadie. 455,  pp.
• Vol. 9, 1769: le Canada – Colonies angloises (Boston, New-York, Pensylvanie, Virginie, etc.) – la Floride – Jamaïque. 503,  pp.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.
Good. Item #8490