Voyages de M. Le Marquis Dans l'Amerique Septentrionale Dans les annees 1780, 1781 & 1782.
by Chastellux, Francois J.
Chez Prault, Imprimeur Du Roi,
First complete and authorized edition. 2 volumes. 390pp, folding map; 362pp, errata page, folding map, 3 folding plates. Later half leather, pages evenly browned, else very good. Chastellux was second in command of French forces in America during the Revolution. A member of the French Academy, he was an enlightened and perceptive man. His work describes his travels in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia, as well as his visits with Washington and Jefferson. Howes calls this "the first trustworthy account of life in the United States." Thomas d. Clark in Travels in the Old South says it is, "...one of the most notable of American travel accounts of the Revolutionary period not only because of Chastellux's keen observation and the directness of his narrative but also because of his acute comments on society and the character of the people in different walks of life." A classic American travel narrative. Howes C324, Clark l:212.
Book Id: 21591