MACKENZIE, ALEXANDER, SIR. 1764-1820.
Voyages from Montreal on the River St. Laurence London: for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies ... by R. Noble, 1801. , viii, cxxxii, 412,  pp. Stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait of the author, 3 folding engraved maps, one of which with period hand-coloring, plus additional folding map not called for. 4to (271 x 212 mm). Half morocco over marbled boards, spine gilt. Some light foxing, offset from frontispiece, 3 of the maps browned, joints, corners, head and tail of spine rubbed.
First edition. Scottish fur-trader Mackenzie was the first white man to cross the North American continent (north of Mexico) ocean to ocean. "Mackenzie's 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" (Hill). Also with much important information on the North American fur trade. Graff 2630; Hill pp 187-8; Howes M-133; Sabin 43414; Wagner-Camp 1:1.