DescriptionL'Abbé E. M. Domenech. Voyage Pittoresque dans les Grands Déserts du Nouveau Monde. Paris: Morizot, Libraire-Éditeur, 1862. First French edition. Large 8vo. 608pp. Forty tissue-guarded tinted plates, including frontispiece, after Catlin and the Pacific Railroad Survey. Text in French. Full contemporary brown leather. Gilt spine and blind-stamped boards. All edges gilt. White moiré endpapers. Wear to extremities, rubbing to spine and joints. Endpapers soiled. Foxing throughout. Generally very good.
References: Eberstadt 112:27. Graff 1121. Howes D410. Raines, p. 70. Sabin 20555. Wagner-Camp 356:2.
Somewhat controversial publication by a French priest who spent several years in Texas. Contains unattributed descriptions of American Indians with information apparently culled from previously published accounts. Includes material on Texas, New Mexico, California, Utah, etc
Full contemporary brown leather by Lenècre, with binder's name stamped on front board. Gilt spine has four raised bands; blind-stamped rules and designs to front board. Wear to extremities, particularly corners and foot of spine. Binding still tight and sturdy. Generally very good.
Emmanuel Henri Donné Domenech (1825-1903) was a French missionary who was sent to America in 1846. He was ordained in San Antonio in 1848, becoming possibly the first priest ordained in Texas. He spent much of his time in Texas and, later, in Mexico where he worked as a chaplain in the service of Emperor Maximilian. Includes material on Texas, New Mexico, California, Utah, Oregon, Louisiana, Minnesota, Canada etc.
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