Scherer, Jean-Benoît. Recherches
historiques et géographiques sur le nouveau-monde. Paris: Chez Brunet,
1777. 8vo. xii pp.,  ff., 352 pp.; 9 plts.
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Scherer attacks what he considers to be the two “grandes questions”
regarding the discovery of America: whether or not the ancients knew of its
existence, and what were the origins of its inhabitants. In pursuit of these
questions, he gathers together various pieces of ethnologic and linguistic information
on Native American tribes including the Iroquois,
Huron, and Natchez, as well as other peoples like “les
Kamtschadales,” “les Tschutsches,” Scythians, and Tatars. A “table
polyglotte du langage” runs from p. 266 through p. 277.
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Nine plates are included,
the last of which an impressively oversized, folding map in French and Russian
showing the river route from Yakutsk to Okhotsk; the map is labelled, “Par
un Anglois nommé William Walton qui en envoya l‘original à
Mr. Visher à Petersbourg le 15 fevrier 1743” and “Calquée
d‘après l‘original et gravée par E. Dussy.”
Sabin 77608. Mottled calf, worn and cracking, covers framed
with triple gilt fillets; spine with five raised, abraded bands and gilt-stamped,
chipped floral devices in compartments. Front joint cracked and back starting,
with cords holding. Some loss of leather to corners, base of spine. Bookplate
of the Bibliotheca Sobolewskiana. Edges marbled; most pages clean, a
few with varying offsetting.
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