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(ARCTIC--CANADA.) 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 (short closed tears, one hand-colored), frontispiece portrait. 4to, modern 1/4 calf; light browning, closed tear on leaf Uu3. Complete with half-title, errata leaf, and final blank. London, 1801
An attractive first edition of an important work. 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 McGill 1317. Howes M133 ("b"); Sabin 43414; TPL 658.
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