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[CRÈVECOEUR, Michel Guillaume St. Jean de]

Lettres d'un Cultivateur Américain, écrites a W.S. ecuyer, Depuis l'Année 1770, jusqu'a 1781. Traduites de l'Anglois par ***.

Paris,, chez Cuchet, 1784 Stock Code: 46388
£1,250.00

Letters from an American Farmer

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First edition in French, first issue with errata preceding the text in both volumes, the author's own free translation with additional material, of his Letters from an American Farmer, first published at London in English in 1782, the first literary success by an American author in Europe. Crèvecoeur served in the French and Indian War as a surveyor in the French colonial militia. Following the British defeat of the French army in 1759 he moved to New York, took out citizenship, adopted the name of John Hector St. John, and began farming in Orange County, NY, meanwhile observing the emergence of an American society. "Description of American life of great influence in attracting European immigration in the post-revolutionary period. As literature unexcelled by any American work of the eighteenth century" (Howes). This French edition is a substantial rewrite of the English version, greatly enlarged, and more pro-American and anti-British in tone.

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2 volumes, octavo. Contemporary pale tan quarter calf, smooth spines with citron and blue goatskin labels, wide gilt rolls, centre tools in blind, blue marbled sides, marbled edges, vellum tips.

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Errata precede text in both vols.

Condition

A little wear to paper sides, an attractive set.

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