MACKENZIE, ALEXANDER. 1763-1820. Voyages From Montreal, On the River St. Laurence, Through the Continent of North America, to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans. London: T. Cadell, Jun., W. Davies; Cobbett & Morgan; Edinburgh: W.  Creech, 1801.
Lot 208
MACKENZIE, ALEXANDER. 1763-1820.
Voyages From Montreal, On the River St. Laurence, Through the Continent of North America, to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans. London: T. Cadell, Jun., W. Davies; Cobbett & Morgan; Edinburgh: W. Creech, 1801.
US$ 8,000 - 12,000
£ 6,000 - 9,000

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MACKENZIE, ALEXANDER. 1763-1820.
Voyages From Montreal, On the River St. Laurence, Through the Continent of North America, to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans. London: T. Cadell, Jun., W. Davies; Cobbett & Morgan; Edinburgh: W. Creech, 1801.
4to, (264 x 197 mm). Half-title and errata leaf. Engraved frontispiece portrait, 3 engraved folding maps, 1 hand-colored in outline. Contemporary calf gilt, upper cover with gilt supra libros of a lion rampant and motto "Noblis ira." Rebacked to style, light spotting, folding maps with few clean tears, some repaired.
Provenance: Wall Hall, (later Aldenham Abbey, bookplate).

FIRST EDITION of the "first and finest edition of the earliest expedition made by a white man in this direction. His investigations, although pursued at so early a period of Arctic exploration, were remarkable for their accuracy" (Sabin). Mackenzie's account of the "Rise, Progress, and Present State of Fur Trade" is the first printed. The three maps, some of the earliest of this area, include: "A Map of America ... exhibiting Mackenzie's track from Montreal to Fort Chipewyan & from thence to the North Sea...;" "A Map of Mackenzie's Track from Fort Chipewyan to the North Sea, in 1789;" and "A Map of Mackenzie's Track from Fort Chipewyan to the Pacific Ocean in 1795." Howes M-133; Lande 1317; Pilling 2384; Sabin 43415; Streeter Sale 3653; Wagner-Camp-Becker 1:1.
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