Travels in North-America

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Title Page from Travels in North-America, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary

by François Jean, marquis de Chastellux

Francois Jean, Marquis de Chastellux (c.1734-1788), served as one of the three major French generals sent with General Rochambeau to assist the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Chastellux served during the war as the chief liaison between Rochambeau and George Washington.[1]

Travels in North America is a compilation of Chastellux’s journal entries and reflections on his time spent in America. Although he spent these years officially as a military officer, the work primarily focuses on the political and social condition of the colonies and their prospective future as a nation. The travelogue was translated into English and printed in London in 1787.[2]

Bookplate from front paste down, volume.

Bibliographic Information

Author: François Jean, marquis de Chastellux. Translated from the French by an English gentleman, who resided in America at that period.

Title: Travels in North-America, in the Years 1780, 1781, and 1782.

Publication Info: London: Printed for G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1787.

Edition: Third edition, revised, corrected; two volumes.

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in contemporary half calf, ruled in gilt, over marbled boards. Spines ruled in gilt and blind in compartments, with burgundy and green morocco gilt lettering labels and with the previous owner's name in gilt at the foot. Edges sprinkled. Contains small ink stamp on title page and small armorial bookplate on front pastedowns. Purchased from J. Remington Books.

View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

External Links

Volume 1:Google Books Volume 2:Google Books


  1. “Marquis de Chastellux,” National Parks Service website, accessed September 30, 2013,‎.
  2. Caroline Robbins, review of Travels in North America, in the years 1780, 1781, and 1782, by Francois Jean, Marquis de Chastellux, The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 88, no.2 (April 1964), 231-233.