Place Published: [Paris]
Date Published: [1715 & 1728]
Edition: Very early edition
Binding: No binding
Two copper engravings from 1715 snd 1728 editions, each 3-3/4 x 6-1/2 inches approximately. Very good condition.
Prints of the Battle of English and the French at Placentia, September 1692, at Fort St. Louis (Castle Hill) in Placentia, Newfoundland at “Grande Baye de Plaisance”. Legend or table of 16 identifies the the positions of the warships involved, route of the vessels, and several important geographical details.
Baron Lahontan (1666-1713), entered the French military and arrived in the New World in 1683 as a teenage soldier. He spent most of the next 20 years exploring the Great Lakes region, and he became adept in the Indian languages. A writer for the North American Review (quoted in Sabin) states "the Baron seems to have been an ardent and enterprising character, with more wit than discretion, but that his accounts bear every mark of authenticity, and are quite confirmed by contemporary as well as subsequent writers on the same country."
Very Good. Item #8661