Place Published: A Londres
Publisher: Aux depens de la Compagnie
Date Published: 1766
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
A VERY SCARCE NOVEL
L'espion americain en Europe, ou lettres illinoises, qui renferment quantiteì d'anecdotes amusantes et instructives suivies d'un poëme intituleì la religion raisonnable. Par Mr. de V***. Londres: Aux dépens de la Compagnie, 1766.
First edition of the author’s first book. Text in French. , 332 pp., 8vo.; 1 A-U X . Dark brown leather, gilt tooling on the spine, all edges stained red, slight damage at the top of the spine, corners bumped, previous owner’s name written on the title page.
This is an epistolary novel containing 14 letters from Illinikopa, Chief of the Illinois Nation, to Kaboulkoe, his heir. Before the letters there is an “épitre dédicatoire aux curieux” in which the author opines on the ancestry of Illinikopa, the American spy. He suggests that given his white skin, he may have been English or French and adopted by the “sauvages”. He says at one point that possibly his name was Kennedy, a boy of six years who emigrated from Ireland to America. Illinikopa journeyed to Quebec and then went by ship to London and other parts of Europe. In his letters Illinikopa gives reports on politicians and people of high society in England and France such as William Pitt and Madame Pompadour. Illinikopa’s reports are sprinkled with bits of poetry and also contain his thoughts on European customs and beliefs.
A very scarce novel. Only a few copies located by WorldCat in European libraries, a few copies in North America (USA). The title translates into English as: The American spy in Europe, or Illinois letters: which contain a number of entertaining and instructive anecdotes followed by a poem entitled Reasonable Religion. According to Barbier, the author is Jean-Andreì Perreau. According to Weller, this is a false imprint produced in the Netherlands, possibly Amsterdam. See Barbier, A.A. Ouvrages anonymes, vol. 2, p. 292, #10297 (under title Lettres illinoises); Weller, E.O. Falschen Druckorte, vol. 2, p. 173; Queìrard, vol. 7, p. 63 (under title Lettres illinoises); ESTC N9288; and Brown, J.C. Bibliotheca Americana, III: 1506. Perreau was a French journalist, law professor and politician, man of letters, editor of Vrai Citizen (1791), member, then secretary and president of the Tribunat (1803), and inspector general of law schools (see Cioranescu, XVIIIe, 49565).
Biblio ref: ESTC, N9288
Collection on consignment with LDRB
Very Good. Item #8601