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Franchère, Gabriel
RELATION D'UN VOYAGE A LA CÔTE DU NORD-OUEST DE L'AMÉRIQUE SEPTENTRIONALE DANS LES ANNÉES 1810, 11, 12, 13, ET 14
Montreal: De L'Imprimerie de C.B. Pasteur, 1820. 284pp. Half title. Contemporary tree calf, expertly rebacked, original spine laid down and preserving original gilt leather label. Minor wear to extremities. Dampstaining to first few and last few leaves, occasional minor foxing. Very good. In a brown cloth clamshell case, gilt leather labels. This is the first printed account of the Astoria enterprise. Franchère sailed from New York in 1810 and spent 1811-14 at Astoria. He returned overland through Canada and settled in Montreal. He provides the only firsthand account of the massacre of the crew of the Tonquin on the Northwest Coast, as related to him by the native interpreter who was the sole survivor and who escaped after being held captive by the Indians for two years. Streeter calls Franchère's narrative "the first printed account of the overland journey back from Oregon to the east through Canada." A British edition published in 1854 is a fairly common book, but this original Montreal edition has become a truly rare book. This copy contains the half title, "a particularly scarce feature," according to Eberstadt. WAGNER-CAMP 16. GAGNON 1401. GRAFF 1402. HOWES F310, "c." MONAGHAN 705. PEEL 70. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 1323. SABIN 25431. HILL 633. STRATHERN 194. STREETER SALE 3691. LANDE 1179. TPL 984. FORBES 512. TWENEY 21. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 40.
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]
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