Publisher: Paris: Chez Maradan, 1801.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Sabin 17501; Howes C884; Field, Indian Bibliography, 388.
Condition: Edges rubbed; hinges starting; a few tears in the maps at the folds; very nice copy.
Book ID: 23888
Description3 vols, 8vo, contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards, brownleather labels, gilt rules and lettering. Seven plates (three folding), four folding maps, four folding tables.
CommentsA study of the Indians of Pennsylvania and New York before the arrival of Europeans. Crevecoeur, who spent almost 25 years in North America, wrote Letters from an American Farmer (1782), widely considered to be one of the finest works of literature about the American Revolution. Field notes that the present work can be considered a continuation of Letters. Several of the plates are fine portraits of Indian chiefs, warriors and Indian fortifications. The frontis portrait in volume one is of George Washington, to whom the work is dedicated. Attractive book-label of Odier-Chevrier on the front paste-downs. Later bookplate of Rodman Wanamaker on the front free endpapers.