MACKENZIE, ALEXANDER. 1764-1820.
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. London: T. Cadell, et al, 1801.
4to (265 x 205 mm). , viii, cxxxii, 412, [2 errata] pp. Half-title not present. Stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait, 3 folding copper-engraved maps, one of which is hand-colored in outline. Later half calf and marbled boards, new endpapers. Lacking half-title, offsetting to title from portrait, minor toning, maps with some offsetting, some fold splitting and a little creasing, stubs crudely reinforced with tape, third map with some tape to verso and separated at one fold.
Provenance: Fred G. Ketcheson (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOKS ON CANADIAN EXPLORATION. This is Mackenzie's classic account of his two important voyages: the first to the Arctic and the second across the North American continent (becoming to first documented explorer to do so north of Mexico). "Mackenzie's narrative is of consummate importance in the literature of transcontinental travel. It is the first account of an ocean to ocean crossing of the North American continent. Mackenzie's account of the fur trade is of almost equal interest" (Graff). Mackenzie gives valuable information of the natives he encountered including vocabularies for the Knisteneaux (Cree), Algonquin, and Chipewyan Indians. Field 967; Graff 2630; Hill pp 187ff; Howes M113; Streeter sale 3653; Wagner-Camp 1.