London: Henry Bonwicke, 1699. Second. hardcover. with a Description of the Great Lakes, Cataracts, Rivers... To which are added, Several New Discoveries in North America, not Publish'd in the French Edition. Complete with the frontispiece, 6 plates, and 2 large folding maps. 2 volumes, small 8vo, handsomely bound in later full mottled polished green calf, leather labels, gilt spines, all edges gilt, bottom edges of both volumes lightly rubbed. London: Printed for Henry Bonwicke, 1699. Second London Edition. Near Fine. near fine.
Internally a bright, clean set. Father Louis Hennepin, a Recollet missionary, arrived in New France in 1675. Three years later, he went on an expedition, headed by La Salle, through the Great Lakes and down the Mississippi River. After La Salle left the expedition, Hennepin went up the Mississippi, toward the area of what is now Minnesota. He was the first French explorer in this area and discovered the Saint Anthony Falls. Hennepin wrote of his visit to Niagara Falls, which was the first published account of a visit there. The illustration of the Niagara Falls is also the first published but is not accurate. This edition reprints Hennepin's Nouvelle Decouverte, his Nouveau Voyage, and there is a supplementary account of Marquette's Voyages. In Nouveau Voyage, Hennepin's used contemporary works to write of La Salle's further exploration of the Mississippi River, the founding of Fort Saint Louis, and La Salle's murder. Wing (STC) H1452. Howes H-416. Sabin 31372.