586 }EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE: VOLUME 50, NUMBER 2 The Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas: The Natural History of the New World/Histoire naturelle des Indes occidentales Edited with an introduction by fRANçOIs- MARC gAgNON, English translation by NANCY sENIOR, French modernization by RéAL OUELLET Tulsa: Gilcrease Museum; Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2011 676 pp. Graphic representations of colonial American nature, settlements, and scenery are frustratingly few. They were in most cases published in Europe by printers and engravers who were unfamiliar with the material they worked on, and the engravings were frequently recycled, adapted, and pirated. Illustrations often cannot be reliably attributed to the authors of the books they appeared in. Some include incongruous details such as the palm trees in the depiction of Samuel de Champlain's battle with Algonquian allies against Mohawk foes in 1609, on the shores of the lake now named for him. As a result, scholars in our field rely on a fairly small corpus of images to supplement their analyses of literary and documentary texts. The paintings by John White from the Roanoke expeditions, the numerous engravings by Theodore deBry and his atelier working from White's paintings, the woodcuts in Hans
Early American Literature – University of North Carolina Press
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