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Book Number 5413 
Author Louis Armand de Lom d'Arce Lahontan; Nicolas Gueudeville 
Title Voyages du baron de La Hontan dans l'Amerique Septentrionale : qui contiennent une rélation des différens peuples qui y habitant… (Vol I-II) 
Date c. 1705 
Publisher Jonas l’Honore  
Place of Publication La Haye  
Edition  
Volume Information 2 volumes 
Cover Contemporary full calf. Spine in six compartments of raised bands. Gilt text on morocco label on 2. Gilt text on 3. Gilt ornamentation on 1, 4, 5, and 6. All edges speckled. 
Illustration Illustrated with engraved title and frontispiece map as well as 3 maps (2 folding) and 19 plates (4 folding). Does not include the 2 large folding maps.  
Size 12mo (158x93mm).  
Condition Rubbing on edges of binding and spines are worn, otherwise in very good condition.  
Provenance  
Pagination P.Vol I: blank, engraved title, title, preface (8), contents (8), 1-376, blank; Vol II: blank, frontis, title, 5-336, index (2), blank (2) 
Reference Sabin 38641-42; Howes L25,  
Translation Info  
Notes A two volume series about the voyages and adventures of Louis Armand de Lahontan in North America during the late 17th century. Baron de Louis Armand Lahontan (1666 – c. 1716) served in the French military in Canada where he traveled extensively in the Wisconsin and Minnesota region and the upper Mississippi Valley. Upon his return to Europe he wrote an enormously popular travelogue. He wrote at length and in very positive terms about Native American culture, portraying Indian people as free, rational and generally admirable. Volume I provides a thorough and detailed account of de Lahontan’s life and stay in New France, while Volume II describes his observations of geography, institutions, commerce as well as information about native tribes. Volume III lambasts institutional Christianity by means of a dialogue between de Lahontan and a Huron Chief named Adario (The Rat). The author attempts to contrast the injustice of Christianity with the freedom and justice of native people. His idealized view of "natural humanity" as a vehicle for criticizing European civilization was a forceful early expression of the "noble savage" trope associated with the Enlightenment. 
Price (US$) 1250  
Short Description Book Americas Indians; Book Americas U.S General; Book Canada General; Book Voyages General;  
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