Item #319954 Celuta; or, The Natchez: an Indian Tale. François René Chateaubriand, Vicomte de.
Celuta; or, The Natchez: an Indian Tale
Celuta; or, The Natchez: an Indian Tale
Celuta; or, The Natchez: an Indian Tale

Celuta; or, The Natchez: an Indian Tale.

London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1832.

Second edition, first published in English by Colburn in 1827 as The Natchez. xl, 299, [1, blank]; [ii], 335, [1, ad]; [ii], 412 pp. 3 vols. 8vo. Publisher's cloth-backed boards with labels. Labels chipped, hinges slightly tender, minor rubbing. Very good. Laid into a green morocco-backed slipcase and cloth chemises OCLC: 497498063 (BL). Item #319954

Novel of Louisiana and the American west by Chateaubriand, written 1793-6 and based on his travels in America in 1791. It was not published in French until 1826, and an edition in English appeared the following year from Henry Colburn under the title The Natchez.
This “Second Edition” has a new title and bears the joint imprint of Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. Except for the title pages, the sheets are from the first edition: the prefatory sections refer to the work as The Natchez.
Colburn and Bentley were in partnership for three years. “From the beginning the partners' working relationship soured; among other causes of friction, according to his office manager, Edward Morgan, Colburn's accounts were so 'carelessly kept' (Morgan), that it took over two years to ascertain a balance. … Between 1829 and 1832 Colburn and Bentley had 107,070 books printed, exclusive of the Standard Novels, and had 31,845 of these remaindered or wasted (pulped)” (ODNB). In September 1832 the partnership was dissolved.
Uncommon. The only copy recorded is at the British Library.

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