Voyages from Montreal on the River St. Lawrence, through the Continent of North America, to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans; in the years 1789 and 1793. With a preliminary account of the fur trade of that country.
London. Printed for T. Cadell. 1801. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to. 27cm, the First Edition, cxxxii,412p., complete with half title, engraved frontis portrait by P. Condé after T. Lawrence and 3 engraved folding maps, some transfer from the portrait and maps, some slight toning to the text, in antique style binding of half dark green calf, wide gilt decorated raised bands, gilt borders and centre panel decorations, crushed crimson morocco label, marbled boards and endpapers, in fine condition attractively bound.(cgc) T.P.L. 658. Lande 1317. Sabin 43414. Strathern 343. Peel 25. Gagnon 2190. Morgan p240. Hill p187. First edition of the classic narrative of the first white man to cross the continent. . "the earliest expedition made by a white man in this direction. His investigations, although pursued at so early a period of Arctic exploration, were remarkable for their accuracy; Sir John Franklin more than once expressed his surprise at being able to corroborate their correctness in his own explorations. Some Indian vocabularies are included. (Sabin). Mackenzie's journals recount his two expeditions undertaken on behalf of the North West Company in their attempt to break the Hudson's Bay Company's monopoly of the fur trade. The first expedition, in 1879, from Fort Chipewyan on Lake Athabaska down what is now known as the Mackenzie River to the Arctic constitutes the first trip to the Arctic from the Canadian Prairies. The second, in 1792-93, from Fort Chipewyan over the Rocky Mountains by the Peace and Fraser Rivers to the Pacific, is distinguished as the first overland expedition to reach the Pacific, north of Mexico. The maps are the earliest of certain parts of Canada. Also included is a lengthy account of the development of the fur trade in the North West, generally attributed to the author's cousin, Roderick Mackenzie. Item #37620