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A new discovery of a vast country in America extending above four thousand miles, between New France and New Mexico ... With a description of the Great lakes, cataracts, rivers, plants, and animals: also, the manners, customs, and languages, of the several native Indians; and the advantage of commerce with those different nations. With a continuation: giving an account of the attempts of the Sieur de la Salle upon the mines of St. Barbe, &c. The taking of Quebec by the English; with the advantages of a shorter cut to China and Japan. Both parts illustrated with maps and figures, and dedicated to his Majesty K. William / By L. Hennepin, now resident in Holland. To which is added, several new discoveries in North-America, not publish'd in the French edition.

  • Hennepin, Louis, active 17th century.
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London : Printed for M. Bentley, J. Tonson, H. Bonwick, T. Goodwin, and S. Manship, 1698.

Physical description

299 pages; 16 preliminary leaves, 178 pages, 1 leaf, 303-355 pages, 6 folded engr. plates : engr. frontispiece, 2 folded maps ; (8vo)


Engraved half-title: A new discovery of a large country in America by Father Lewis Hennepin
Signatures: A⁸, a⁴, B-T⁸, V⁶, Aa⁶, Bb-Ee⁸, *ee², Ff-Nn⁸, Oo⁴ (last leaf probably blank, wanting) 2 leaves (unsigned) X-Z⁸, Aa²
First English edition. Shea's no. 1, with t.-p. of his no. 2. cf. Shea, Descr. of Louisiana, 1880, p. 392
[Part 1] is a translation of the "Nouvelle découverte"; [pt. 2] of "Nouveau voyage", with special t.-p. and pagination; A continuation of the new discovery of a vast country in America, extending above four thousand miles, between New France and New Mexico; ... By L. Hennepin ... London, Printed in the year, 1698
Appended to the 2d part: Joliet's account, with half-title "An account of several new discoveries in North-America": 1 l., p. 303-306; "An account of M. la Salle's voyage to the river Mississippi ": p. 307-317; "A discovery of some new countries and nations in the Northern-America. By Father Marquette", etc., p. 318-355

References note

Wing H1450
ESTC R6723
Pforzheimer, 461
Sabin, 31370
Wing (CD-Rom, 1996), H1450


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