Jefferson Collection in the Library of Congress
Historiques sur la Louisiane, contenant ce qui y est arrivé
de plus mémorable depuis l’année 1687... Paris, 1753.
2 Volumes. ,x,261; ,338pp. Plus two double-sheet plates,
five plans (on four plates), and folding engraved map of Louisiana.
12mo. Contemporary mottled calf, leather labels, spines gilt.
A rare and important early history of French Louisiana. One
of the best contemporary histories based on the author’s twenty-five
year residence in the colony as an army officer, engineer,
and planter. The first volume describes the natural history
and life of the inhabitants, Europeans and Indians; and the
second volume is devoted to the military and political history
of the colony from about 1717 to 1740, especially the Indian
wars. Dumont’s work is the finest reliable account of much
of Louisiana. The engraved plates depict four different tree
specimens, while the wonderful plans show New Orleans and
Fort Rozalie des Natchez, as well as a typical Louisiana house
plan. The handsome folding map of Louisiana notes the different
Indian tribes and villages in the regions. This is one of
the few reliable first-hand accounts of French Louisiana in
the mid-nineteenth century, and far rarer than the other works
on Louisiana fron the period.