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LAFITAU, Joseph-François (1681--1746)
Mœurs des sauvages ameriquains, comparées aux mœurs des premiers temps. Par le P. Lafitau, de la Compagnie de Jesus. Ouvrage enrichi de figures en taille-douce. ...
A Paris chez Saugrain l'aíné. Charles Estienne Hochereau, 1724.
2 vols ; 24.9 cm. (4º)
I: [22], 610 p., engr. frontis., 19 pl., [1] engr. map.: [1] etch. illus.
II: [12], 490, [42] p., 21 pl.

Vol. I dedication has etched vignette lettered in the plate; plates 5, 11 and 15 incorrectly labelled 6, 2, and 16 respectively. The author was a Jesuit missionary who had been sent to Canada in 1711 to study the customs and manners of the Iroquois Indians. Lafitau was a prominent figure in the development of the literary figure of the 'noble savage' and eighteenth-century primitivism, equating 'uncivilized' peoples with the virtues of antiquity. Soane paraphrased Lafitau's account of the primitive dwellings of 'the American Savages' in a notebook labelled on the spine 'Extracts 180[1]' (Soane Case 142), probably in or after November 1812 on the evidence of the extracts on the preceding leaves. Hooked on Books 2.2.

Copy Notes With pl. 14 of vol. I misbound in vol. II (at p. 302). Inscribed in ink on the verso of the title-page in both volumes J. Girardot Delhancourt. Front free-endpaper of both volumes inscribed in ink John Soane. Volume I inscribed in ink on the front paste-down 1/5/0 bought of Boone. Purchased from Thomas Boone on 24 December 1805 (paid 25 December 1806). (Spier's Box).

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-panelled spine with dolphin tool and coronet, red and black morocco spine-labels, spine of vol. I stamped 'Hookham's / Library' and 'No. 100 / New Bond Street'.

Reference Number 371


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