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MACKENZIE, Alexander
VOYAGES FROM MONTREAL ON THE RIVER ST. LAURENCE, THROUGH THE CONTINENT OF NORTH AMERICA, TO THE FROZEN AND PACIFIC OCEANS; IN THE YEARS 1789 AND 1793. With a Preliminary Account of the Rise, Progress, and Present State of the Fur Trade of that Country
Cadell & Davies, London, 1801. Large quarto (8-1/4" x 11") bound in attractive modern full tan calf in antique style, with heavily gilt-decorated spine with contrasting gilt-lettered morocco spine labels, gilt dentelles and marbled endpapers; [4] viii, cxxxii, 412 pages + errata leaf. FIELD 967: "No writer upon the subject of Indian customs and peculiarities has given us a more minute, careful and interesting relation"; GRAFF 2630; HILL, pp. 187-88: "This is the first and finest edition of one of the most important of Canadian books"; HOWES M-133; LANDE 1317; NEW HOWES M-133 "dd": "First crossing of the continent from ocean to ocean by a white man. The account of the fur trade--first ever published--is attributed to Roderick Mackenzie"; SABIN 43414; WAGNER-CAMP 1; WHEAT 251: "Mackenzie was the first white man to cross the continent, and his journal of this expedition is of surpassing interest." One of the greatest books in the field of Travel and Exploration and a classic of Canadiana and Western Americana. Illustrated with a frontispiece engraved portrait of Mackenzie by P. Condé after Thomas Lawrence and three large folding engraved maps, the largest measuring 31" x 19". The "Map of Mackenzie's track from Ft. Chippewa to the Pacific Ocean in 1793" was a milestone and, as Wheat says, "At once questions began to be raised about the now patent inadequacies of all prior maps of the American Far West." This book had an enormous impact on the future of the United States. Thomas Jefferson and his secretary, Meriwether Lewis, read it, and Mackenzie's recommendation that the Briti … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Charles Agvent, est. 1987, ABAA, ILAB [Fleetwood, PA, U.S.A.]

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