Louisiana Territory History Ethnography Indians Geography 1763 Page du Pratz bkBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 18th Century Books, Leather Books, Americana, Louisiana Territory, Ethnography, Geography).
The History of Louisiana, or of the Western Parts of Virginia and Carolina. Containing a Description of the Countries that Lye on Bother Sides of the River Mississippi. With an Account of the Settlements, Inhabitants, Soil, Climate, and Products, by M. Le Page du Pratz.
Published 1763, London for T. Becket & P.A. De Hondt.
264 pages (incomplete). Text in English. 1779 owners (John Braley) inscription on title.
On verso of half title is John Braley's hand written inscription he bought the book in Wilmingtown, price seven and six pence.
Antiquarian full leather binding, raised bands, gilt title lettering & compartment decorations. Front & rear covers detached (please see photos).
With immensely interesting accounts of animals, topography and particularly the habits and social life/ customs of the native Indian tribal peoples.
Volume 2 of a 2 volume set. This volume stands complete unto itself. Volume ends on page 264 (of 272), and is thus incomplete. Offered "as is/ defective" due to rarity and interest of content.
Book is physically old and shows some signs of handling and time.
Binding heavily age worn, covers both detached, spine chipped, remains overall very attractive as an object.
Text block paper is well age toned as typical, manuscript writing to margin of title leaf, edge tears seen throughout, internally book remains mostly tight and sound. A book which has been taken care of but may/ does not look like new.
Still attractive on the shelf. Book displays a unique age patina, the age flaws seem to us easy to overlook or forgive.
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Book Measures c. 6 3/4" H x 4" W.