Paris: Alexandre Cadot, 1856. First edition. Small 8vo, contemporary brown calf spine, boards, gilt lettering, 320 pages. Somewhat rubbed; light foxing throughout; a good, sound copy. Item #11837
One of the several works on hunting and travel in the American West from this French author who was resident in the United States for nine years (see Appletons'). Aside from the travel and hunting anecdotes, there is also much in the way of observation of local culture; Revoil includes an extended description of a fiddle-playing slave named Richard in Henderson, Kentucky, who is "appelle en bon anglais a good old good for nothing darkie (un bon vieux bon a rien de negre)." Richard's fiddling is so esteemed that "les mariages, les baptemes, les soirees prolongees jusqu'au jour, que l'on nomme breaks down aux Etas-Unis, ne pouvaient avoir lieu sans l'aide de son violon" (page 108 et seq.). There is much on Richard's peculiar situation and relative independence, his vanity, and the expected comic anecdotes involving coyotes and the old fiddler's reaction to same. Early violet ink popular literature bookseller's stamp at the foot of the final page of text; nice small bookseller's ticket on the front paste-down. Sabin 70308.