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Narrative of the Canadian Red River
1860 - HIND, Henry Youle. Narrative of the Canadian Red River Exploring Expedition of 1857 and of the Assinniboine and Saskatchewan Exploring Expedition of 1858. London: Longman, et al., 1860. Two volumes. Octavo, early 20th-century three-quarter green close-grain morocco, elegantly gilt-decorated spines with Indian motifs, green linen boards, top edges gilt. $2500.First edition of this early account of the Crees and Chippeways, illustrated with 20 full-page color-printed wood-engravings (some in four colors), depicting scenes of Indian life and views, seven hand-colored maps and charts (including two large folding maps), and numerous in-text black-and-white wood-engravings. Handsomely bound by Stikeman."Professor Henry Youle Hind's investigations of the country between Lake Superior and the Rocky Mountains were prompted by the need for a land access to the gold fields of British Columbia and for the possible establishment of a railway route to the Pacific Coast" (Wagner-Camp 360). The author, Professor of Chemistry and Geology at Trinity College, Toronto, was in charge of the 1858 expedition, during which he lived almost constantly among the Crees and Chippeways, whose habits he eagerly studied and recorded. Everything about them had the charm of novelty to him, and, as a man of science, he was anxious to observe all the facts that might prove helpful in tracing their origins and history. He also gives a comprehensive description of Lord Selkirk's Red River Settlement, now the site of Winnipeg. The color plates were made after photographs taken by Humphrey Lloyd Hime, photographer to the expedition, and from sketches by John Fleming, assistant surveyor and draughtsman, using a printing method invented by Benjamin Fawcett, whose firm specialized in very fine quality xylographs"" a color wood-engraving process. Fawcett is generally considered the "father of color printing," having developed a cost-effective technique of cutting several color wood blocks for a given plate (some here printed in four blocks of black, blue, yellow and green). Bound with both half titles. Staton & Tremaine 3820. Wagner-Camp 360. Field 699. Sabin 31934. Fine condition, handsomely bound. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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