MACKENZIE, ALEXANDER, SIR. 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. With a Preliminary Account of the Rise, Progress, and Present State of the Fur Trade of That Country. London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1801.
4to (261 x 201 mm). , , cxxxii, viii, -412, . Errata. Period calf rebacked with recent morocco, spine label titled in gilt. Frontispiece portrait and 3 large folding maps, including one colored. Maps dissected and laid down to linen and with some browning, preface bound before p 121, pp i-cxxxii bound between p 120 and preface, repair to blank spots of frontis and dedication leaf, repair to a1 with partial loss to 13 lines of text, extensive marginal repair to R1 with loss to text, dampstaining to frontis and title, marginal dampstaining throughout, some chipping to edges of leaves, portrait offset to title.
"FIRST AND FINEST EDITION" (Sabin) of the first crossing of North America, ocean to ocean, by a white man. The account of the fur trade was the first ever published, and the volume includes in addition vocabularies of the Kinsteneaux, Algonquin, Chepewyan, Nagailar and Athnah Indian languages. Hill pp 187-88; Howes M133; Sabin 43413; Streeter 3653.