MACKENZIE, Alexander (1763-1820). Voyages From Montreal, On the River St. Laurence, Through the Continent of North America, to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans. London: T. Cadell, Jun., and others, 1801

$ 12,000.00

MACKENZIE, Alexander (1763-1820). Voyages From Montreal, On the River St. Laurence, Through the Continent of North America, to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans. London: Printed for T. Cadell, Jun. And W. Davies, Strand; Cobbett & Morgan, Pall Mall; and W. Creech, at Edinburgh, 1801

2 volumes: Atlas and text. Text volume: 4to., (9 6/8 x 7 6/8 inches). Half-title and errata leaf. Engraved frontispiece portrait (early leaves browned and spotted). Atlas volume: 8vo., (8 x 6 inches). 3 engraved folding maps, including one showing Mackenzie's route hand-coloured in outline (some separations at folds strengthened on verso). Uniformly bound in modern half calf, marbled paper boards, gilt, antique.  

Provenance: with the engraved armorial bookplate of Edmond Van Cruyce on the front paste-down of the text volume; with the near contemporary ownership inscriptions of James Pannell, dated 1812, on the verso of the first map; with the modern library label of "Band" of Ontario on the front paste-down of each volume.

First edition, and an attractive copy. The "first and finest edition of 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" (Sabin).

Mackenzie's account of the "Rise, Progress, and Present State of Fur Trade" is the first printed.

The three maps, some of the earliest of this area, include:

"A Map of America... exhibiting Mackenzie's track from Montreal to Fort Chipewyan & from thence to the North Sea in 1789 & to the West Pacific Ocean in 1793",

"A Map of Mackenzie's Track from Fort Chipewyan to the North Sea, in 1789",

"A Map of Mackenzie's Track from Fort Chipewyan to the Pacific Ocean in 1795".  

Mackenzie's account of the "Rise, Progress, and Present State of Fur Trade" is the first printed. The three maps, some of the earliest of this area, include: "A Map of America... exhibiting Mackenzie's track from Montreal to Fort Chipewyan & from thence to the North Sea in 1789 & to the West Pacific Ocean in 1793", "A Map of Mackenzie's Track from Fort Chipewyan to the North Sea, in 1789", "A Map of Mackenzie's Track from Fort Chipewyan to the Pacific Ocean in 1795". Howes M133; Lande 1317; Pilling 2384; Streeter Sale 3653; Wagner-Camp-Becker 1:1. Catalogued by Kate Hunter