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BUTEL-DUMONT (George Marie)
BUTEL-DUMONT (George Marie) Histoire Et Commerce Des Colonies Angloises, Dans L`Amerique Septentrionale,  Où l`on trouve l` état actuel de leur population, & des détails curieux sur la constitution de leur gouvernement, principalement sur celui de la Nouvelle-Angleterre, de la Pensilvanie, de la Caroline, & de la Géorgie.  Le Breton, Desaint, Pissot (et) Lambert, 1755
xxiv + 336 pages, sm.8vo, full calf, spine gilt in compartments, head and tail worn, boards worn at edges,
Sabin 9602; Howes B 1049; Kress 5420. An important survey of the state of the British colonies, quickly translated into a number of other languages after the publication of this first edition. The author was a French diplomat deeply concerned with how the North American colonies shifted the trade balance away from his own country's interests. He summarizes pertinent data concerning the colonies from current authorities in an effort to counter the lack of such information, particularly with regard to trade and commerce. "This is the first extensive French text on the British North American colonies and was occasioned by the heightened tensions preceding the Seven Years War. It gives accounts of the geography, history, religion, government, economics, trade, and products of the several colonies." (Echeverria & Wilkie).

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