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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
New York: G. F. Hopkins, At Washington's Head, No. 118, Pearl-Street, 1802. First American Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Good plus. Tree-marbled leather over boards, six compartment spine, red leather label tooled in gilt, all edges trimmed and stained yellow, 8vo (8-7/16 x 5- 1/16 inches [21.4 x 12.8 cm]) , pp. (2 blank), fold-out map, [i] title page, [ii] blank, [iii] dedication, [iv] blank, [v] preface, vi-viii, [ix incorrectly repeated as viii], (blank) , [1], 2 - 94, [1], 2 - 86, [87], 88 - 296, (2 blank). Fold-out map "A MAP OF AMERICA / Between Latitudes 40 and 70 NORTH, and Longitudes 45 and 180 WEST, / EXHIBITING MACKENZIE'S ROUT from MONTREAL / to FORT CHEPEWYAN & thence to the NORTH SEA in 1789 and / to the WEST PACIFIC OCEAN in 1793". Map printed area is 26.3 cm high x 45.8 cm wide. "The general map which illustrates this volume, is reduced by Mr. Arrowsmith from his three-sheet map of North America." from the Preface. Engraved (assume 1802) by Scoles, John (1772 -1853) "Scoles sculp." to bottom right corner. Joints cracked, back strip missing top 3 mm, small hole in spine label, rubbing and general wear to spine and covers, yellow edge stain faded, offset to map, age related toning and spotting to map and pages, two 1 cm blank marginal tears to map, p.o. name at top of ffep and on back of map. With the armorial bookplate of noted 19th century traveler, book collector and businessman, John B. Ireland (author of "From Wall Street to Cashmere", 1859) on the front paste-down, and his ink signature at the top of the title page. Volume still tightly bound, collated and complete. Binders twine noted at hinges, as per bookbinding methods of the time, where "until the early years of the nineteenth century all endpapers, were sewn on, and never merely tipped on with paste as they sometimes are today." [Middleton, 4th edition, pg. 108-111]. This report, describing the first documented crossing of the North American continent north of Mexico, is a classic in exploration literature. The Lewis and Clark expedition, did not reach the Pacific Ocean until 12 years later, in 1805. Pp. [1] - 94 tell the history of the fur trade from Canada to the Northwest, - normally attributed to his cousin Roderick Mackenzie - containing a select vocabulary of words from the Knisteneaux, Algonquin, [7 full and 2 half pages], and the Chepewyan [2 full and 2 half pages] shown alongside their English meanings. Mackenzie adds another brief vocabulary of the Nagailer and Atnah tribes [1/2 page] and the "Friendly Village" tribe [1/2 page] in his narrative. "I now mixed up some vermilion in melted grease, and inscribed, in large characters, on the South-East face of the rock on which we had slept last night, this brief memorial - "Alexander Mackenzie, from Canada, by land, the twenty-second of July, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three. " From Journal of a Second Voyage, page 252 . Ref. Strathern 343, Twigg pg. 206, Sabin 43415, Wagner/Camp/Becker 1:4, Peel 25, Verner/Stuart-Stubbs pg 114-120, 255-259.
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