Sale 322 Lot 8
(CANADA) MACKENZIE, ALEXANDER
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 in that Country. London: Printed for T. Cadell, et al., by R. Noble, 1801.
4to, publisher's drab boards backed with contemporary calf, printed spine label, edges uncut. Housed in blue cloth clamshell case, printed paper spine label. First edition of the classic narrative of the first white man to cross the North American continent and reach the Pacific, with engraved frontispiece portrait, and three large engraved folding maps. Twelve years prior to Lewis and Clark, Mackenzie's journals recount his two expeditions undertaken on behalf of the North West Company in their attempt to break the Hudson Bay Company's monopoly of the fur trade, and the maps are the earliest of certain parts of Canada.
Offsetting to title page from portrait; bookplate Francis O'Byrne, tipped to front pastedown; some soiling and edgewear to boards with a bit of loss to spine; intermittent very light foxing.
Estimate $ 3,000-5,000
Soiling to boards; edgewear; chipping to spine label; intermittent spotting and light foxing; some splitting at folds of maps; offsetting to maps; 1/4-inch tear to bottom edge of "Mackenzie's Track to Fort Chipewyan" map.