Montreal. De L'imprimerie de C.B. Pasteur. 1820. 20.5cm, the first edition, 284p., wanting the half title, signature of E. Gratton on the title page, stains on the title page and then fading through the next 8 pages, nicely bound in half tan calf over marbled boards, gilt ruled raised bands, gilt decorations in the panels, crimson label, rare. (cgc). Item #40757
With added contemporary colour frontis. TPL 984. Lande 1179. Sabin 25432. Gagnon I -1401. Peel 70. Franchere was a member of the Western Fur Co., and was attached to the Astor expedition to the Columbia River to found a trading post at Astoria. After three years' service he returned home overland travelling up the Columbia River, penetrating the Rockies, reaching the Red River Settlement, and then to Montreal. The book is a primary source for the activities of Astor's fur-trading company in Oregon and is quite rare.