Champlain’s Own Works

 

Works Authored by Samuel de Champlain

The Works of Samuel de Champlain in Six Volumes: Volume I, 1599-1607 (Publication date: 1922):

Author: Samuel de Champlain

Translators and editors: H.H. Langton, W.F. Ganong

French text collation: J. Home Cameron

General editor: H.P. Biggar

Three works by Champlain are incorporated into Volume I. Brief Discourse, the controversial unpublished manuscript account of his time in the Spanish Caribbean (c.1599-1602), is based on the only known version at the time. The narrative progresses through Des Sauvages, Champlain’s account of his first visit to the St. Lawrence in 1603. The volume concludes in 1607, with the end of Champlain’s time in Acadia at Port Royal, which also marks the end of the first book of Les Voyages (1613).

The Works of Samuel de Champlain in Six Volumes: Volume II, 1608-1613 (Publication date: 1925):

Author: Samuel de Champlain

Translator: John Squair

French text collation: J. Home Cameron

General editor: H.P. Biggar

Champlain’s Works resume with the second book in Les Voyages (1613), as Champlain returns to the St. Lawrence to establish the habitation at Quebec, and continues to the end of Les Voyages, which concludes with Champlain’s return to France in 1612, following his “third voyage” of 1611. It then incorporates his Quatriesme Voyage, which addresses his 1612-13 experiences planning and executing a journey up the Ottawa River to present-day Pembroke. The volume includes six documents related to Champlain’s life from 1610 to 1618.

The Works of Samuel de Champlain in Six Volumes: Volume III, 1615-1618 (Publication date: 1929):

Author: Samuel de Champlain

Translators and editors: H.H. Langton, W.F. Ganong

French text collation: J. Home Cameron

General editor: H.P. Biggar

Champlain’s Voyages et Descouvertures, first published in 1619, is employed along with Part I to the end of Book II of Les Voyages (1632), to recount his experiences from 1615-18. The volume thus incorporates his journey to Huronia of 1615-16, his last exploration effort.

The Works of Samuel de Champlain in Six Volumes: Volume IV, 1608-1620 (Publication date: 1932):

Author: Samuel de Champlain

Translator: H.H. Langton

French text collation: J. Home Cameron

General editor: H.P. Biggar

This volume covers Books III and IV of Part I of Les Voyages (1632), recounting events from 1608 to 1620.

The Works of Samuel de Champlain in Six Volumes: Volume V, 1620-1629 (Publication date: 1933):

Author: Samuel de Champlain

Translator: W.D. LeSueur

French text collation: J. Home Cameron

General editor: H.P. Biggar

The first two books of Part II of Les Voyages (1632) received their first translation into English with this volume, and recount events from 1620-29.

The Works of Samuel de Champlain in Six Volumes: Volume VI, 1629-1632 (Publication date: 1936):

Author: Samuel de Champlain

Translators: W.D. LeSueur, H.H. Langton

French text collation: J. Home Cameron

General editor: H.P. Biggar

The final volume covers 1629-32, through the final content of Part II of Les Voyages (1632). It includes Champlain’s Traitté de la Marine (Treatise on Seamanship), a translation of identification tables on Champlain’s maps, an appendix of documents from late in Champlain’s life, and a general index to all six volumes.

The Works of Samuel de Champlain. Portfolio (Publication date: 1936?):

Author: Samuel de Champlain

ISBN: 0-8020-1760-6

A portfolio of eighty-two plates, including maps and illustrations by Champlain, plus one modern map by W.F. Ganong.

Champlain LXXI – Samuel de Champlain before 1604: Des Sauvages and Other Documents Related to the Period (Publication date: 2010):

Author: Samuel de Champlain

Editors: Conrad E. Heidenreich, K. Janet Ritch

ISBN: 978-0-7735-3756-9

More than four centuries ago, Samuel de Champlain wrote the first of four books that describe his outstanding contributions to the development of Canada. The Champlain Society celebrated this anniversary with the publication of a new English edition of the collated text of Des Sauvages, with previously unpublished documents regarding Champlain’s life, and essays by two leading experts that offer new interpretations on Champlain and the language he used to record his adventures.