Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co., 1905. First Thus. Cloth. 8vo. Publisher's quarter cloth over buckram boards. Gilt lettering on spines and gilt top edges. Deckle edges. Hand-pressed paper. Frontispiece, maps and illustrations throughout. Vol. I: , x-xciii, 407. Vol. II: , vi, 412-797,  advertisements.
Very minor scuffing to corners. 1/8" closed tear to cloth at header of spine of Vol. I. Quite a few unopened pages in both volumes. Publisher's broadsheet advertisement laid in, which has a portion torn from the top right corners.
This is a scarce complete set of Thwaites' annotated reprint of Lahontan's classic 1703 exploration memoir. First editions thus in excellent condition, with the single flaw being a small nick at the header of Vol. I's spine. Lahontan's work was one of the earliest and best secular accounts of the geography and indigenous inhabitants of "New France," including a strange, fictional dialogue with a Huron man named Adario which comprises much of the second volume. Says Howes of the original edition: "Lahontan's narrative, of considerable value when confined to his actual sojourneyings in the Lake region, was unfortunately disfigured by his inserting an account of a pretended trip west of the Mississippi, about as convincing as the legends of the sea-serpent." A highly influential work nonetheless, with both Howes and Sabin fastidiously covering the various editions and translations.
Additionally, we are including the 1905 "Special Announcement" publisher's broadsheet, finely printed in black and red on hand-pressed paper. The broadsheet explains both the importance of Lahontan's original memoirs and this landmark reprint, as well as additional information about the publisher and the two editions. A very uncommon curiosity to go with the fine, unopened limited edition set.
(Howes L25 [original edition]). Fine. Item #1717