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Auction: Auction 08.10.1991
was auctioned on: 8 October 1991
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CHAMPLAIN, SAMUEL DE. Les Voyages de la Nouvelle France occidentale, dicte Canada, faits par le Sr Champlain Xainctongeois, Capitaine pour le Roy en la Marine du Ponant, & toutes les Descouvertes qu'il a faites en ce païs depuis l'an 1603. Iusques en...

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Estimate: US$20,000 - US$30,000
Price realised:  US$52,800
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CHAMPLAIN, SAMUEL DE. Les Voyages de la Nouvelle France occidentale, dicte Canada, faits par le Sr Champlain Xainctongeois, Capitaine pour le Roy en la Marine du Ponant, & toutes les Descouvertes qu'il a faites en ce païs depuis l'an 1603. Iusques en l'an 1629. Paris: chez Louis Sevestre 1632. Small 4to, seventeenth-century calf, covers WITH THE GILT ARMS OF CLAUDE DU SAUZAY, Seigneur de Varennes and Conseiller du Roi (Olivier 2383), spine gilt, covers scraped, joints rubbed, inner hinges weak, red morocco pull-off case (top broken), foxing and browning, some spotting, dampstains to upper margins of most leaves, extending into text of approximately 30 leaves, some small stains on fols. G4-H3 of part 1 blotting out up to 7 letters, marginal repairs to fol. T4 of part 1 and G3 of part 2, the latter affecting the text, with 9 letters supplied in facsimile, 3 tiny wormholes to fols. Z1 & 2 of part 2, affecting 10 letters, one or two other minor marginal paper defects, the folding map with a 3-inch tear at the mount edge and one long but unobtrusive repaired tear across the top half, a few folds weak, some spotting . SECOND ISSUE OF THE MOST COMPLETE EDITION OF CHAMPLAIN'S VOYAGES WITH THE FOLDING MAP "CARTE DE LA NOUUELLE FRANCE...1632," 3 parts in one, reviewing all of the preceding French expeditions as well as Champlain's own nine voyages to the New World, with a history of Canada from 1619 to 1632, a treatise on navigation (bound in at the end in this copy), and the Doctrine Chrestienne and Oraison Dominicale in French and in Indian language, part 1 with the cancels D2.3 as usual, original blank leaves Qq4 at end of part 2 and G4 at end of part 3, large engraved folding map, sheet size 549 x 858 mm. (21 9/16 x 33 7/8 in.), 6 engravings in the text, one large woodcut map and one woodcut text diagram, woodcut head-pieces and initials. The book was dedicated to Cardinal Richelieu and the cancelled leaves replace a five-line passage which was supposed to be held objectionable by him, namely that great princes might know well how to conduct the government of a kingdom, and yet not know how to sail a ship. "This work gives us the first accurate accounts we have of the Indians of the interior of the present State of New York... The most remarkable event in Indian history was caused by Champlain's first visit to the shores of the lake bearing his name. In a conflict between the two named races of savages, he gave the victory to his friends the Abnaquis, by the use of his musket. The Iroquois never forgave the injury, and thousands of Frenchmen were slaughtered to avenge it. The Six Nations always fought with the English against their enemies, and twice nearly destroyed the French colonies with their warriors alone"--Field 268 (Sevestre imprint). The map of the Le-Mur and Sevestre issues is larger than that of the Collet issue, and bears the legend "Faict en l'an 1632 par le sieur de Champlain." Sabin 11839; Church 420; Lande 118 (map in facsimile), the 3 latter with the Collet imprint; Streeter sale VI, 3631 (Le-Mur imprint). Alden (632/22) lists only one copy of this issue, at the Bibliothèque Nationale. Provenance : Claude du Sauzay, Seigneur de Varennes, as above; two largely effaced nineteenth-century French bookplates.

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Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 08.10.1991
Date of the auction: 8 Oct 1991
Address: Christie's
New York, Park Avenue