Boston: I. Thomas and E.T. Andrews, 1795. 12mo. iii, 137 leaves. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. French and English text on facing pages. Contemporary calf, somewhat worn; offsetting and browning throughout and a few marginal tears, not affecting text. Contemporary ownership signatures of A. Watkins and William Wayland, with a manuscript correction of French and other pencilled annotations. Item #10382
First American edition, which, according to the author's preface, is only a part of a more extensive work entitled Arcadia. The author states that his traveller arrives in Arcadia from Egypt after visiting Gaul, one of the many nations that are representative of the three states of barbarity, civilization and corruption.
Saint-Pierre (1737-1814) was a French writer, botanist, and member of the Institut de France, the predecessor of the Académie Française. He is best known for his 1787 novel Paul et Virginie.