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HENNEPIN, Louis. [An Italian edition of Hennepin's account of Louisiana]
Descrizione della Luigiana, paese nuouamente scoperto nell'America settentrionale... Tradotta dall' Idoma Francese nell' Italiano. dal P. D. Casimiro Frescot Benedittino. Parma: Valerio Zani, 1691. 12mo, later boards; pp. [32], numbered 423-455; folding map, neatline 215 x 285mm. Map trimmed close to neatline on left side for binding.
Interesting edition of Reverend Father Louis Hennepin's 'Description de la Louisiane', first published in Paris in 1683. Usually seen as part of Zani's 'Il Genio Vagante Biblioteca Cusioa', a collection of 23 accounts of voyages in four parts, this example was an extract, separately issued to satisfy interest in America. The text is an abridgement of Casimir Frescot's translation, first published by Monti in 1686. Hennepin's work contained the first published account of La Salle's journey past Niagara Falls into the Illinois country and onto the Upper Mississippi River, including the first to use the name Louisiana. Here Louisiana is written across a blank region, with only a dotted line suggesting the route of the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. The river is called 'R. Colbert' after Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683), French finance minister. BURDEN: 682, state I of II.
[Ref: 15809]    £1,900.00 ($2,489 • €2,147 rates)


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