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Auction 144, Lot 79

"[Untitled - Bridge Plate]", Crevecoeur, Michel Guillaume De

Subject: Norwich, Connecticut

Period: 1787 (published)

Publication: Lettres d'un Cultivateur Americain

Color: Hand Color

9 x 7 inches
22.9 x 17.8 cm

Interesting plate from a French edition of Crevecoeur's important early collection of essays (Letters from an American Farmer), which shows a bridge over the Shetuket River near Norwich, Connecticut. Engraved by Pierre Francois Tardieu. At upper left above neatline is "Tome.III .Page 517.

Crevecoeur was a French-born surveyor who settled in New York, where he produced this classic collection of twelve essays that reflected on the nature of American life, particularly its customs and manners. His description of bountiful American lands spurred many French people to immigrate to America. Howes says that Crevecoeur's work is a: "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."

References: Howes #C883.

Condition: B+

Issued folding with light soiling.

Estimate: $120 - $150


Closed on 4/3/2013