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(ARCTIC.) Mackenzie, Alexander. Voyages from Montreal, on the River St. Laurence,through the Continent of North America, to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans. 3 folding maps, frontispiece portrait. viii, cxxxii, 412,  pages. 4to, later 1/2 calf, needs binding; some closed tears and offsetting to maps, lacks half-title, a few leaves with short tears at edges, minor foxing and toning, a bit of dampstaining to a few pages; bookplate on front pastedown. London, 1801
first edition. Mackenzie and his party completed the first voyage of exploration across North America more than ten years in advance of Lewis and Clark. Having arrived at a fort on Lake Athabaska, AB by standard trade routes, they departed westward in October 1792 and arrived at an inlet of the Pacific Ocean at Bella Coola, BC in July 1793. Also includes Mackenzie's journal of his 1789 expedition north from Athabaska to the Arctic Ocean. Prefaced by an extensive history of the fur trade, the first ever published, which is generally attributed to the explorer's cousin Roderick Mackenzie. "The maps are the earliest of certain parts of Canada"--Lande 1317. Howes M133 ("b"); Sabin 43414; TPL 658.
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