London: Printed for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, Strand; Cobbett and Morgan, Pall-Mall; and W. Creech, at Edinburgh. By R. Noble, Old-Bailey, 1801. First edition. 4to. viii, cxxxii, 412, errata (2). With three folding maps and a portrait frontis. of Mackenzie. Half-title professionally repaired at edges, tipped in; careful professional repairs to outer corners of portrait frontis.; some scattered foxing. Recently rebound by Philip Dusel in full French calf with period resist sprinkle, gilt roll at edges of boards, spine richly gilt, with green and red labels. An untrimmed copy. The three maps, all crisp, are: A Map of America between Latitudes 40 and 70 North, and Longitudes 45 and 180 West, exhibiting Mackenzie's track from Montreal to Fort Chipewyan & from thence to the North Sea. In 1789 & to the West Pacific Ocean in 1793 (partly hand colored; a few tiny breaks at folds, one closed tear at gutter, extending into the Pacific Ocean area, skillfully repaired); A Map of Mackenzie's Track from Fort Chipewyan to the Pacific Ocean in 1793 (short closed tear at gutter extending just past the border, skillfully repaired); A Map of Mackenzie's Track from Fort Chipewyan to the North Sea in 1789 (short closed tear at gutter, slightly affecting a word in the publication information, skillfully repaired). All three maps bear the same imprint, below the neat line: London Published 15 Oct. 1801, by Alexander Mackenzie No. 38 Norfolk Street Strand. A landmark in the exploration of North America, remarkable for its accuracy. Mackenzie also includes some Native American vocabularies. His explorations, accomplished over a decade before Lewis and Clark, were an inspiration to them. Item #65909
HOWES M-133: "First crossing of the continent from ocean to ocean by a white man. The narrative portion was prepared for publication by William Combe from Mackenzie's notes. The account of the fur trade, the first ever published, is attributed to Roderick Mackenzie." SABIN 43414: "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 in their accuracy; Sir John Franklin more than once expressed his surprise at being able to corroborate their correctness in his own explorations." FIELD 967: "No writer upon the subject of Indian customs and peculiarities, has given us a more minute, careful and interesting relation of them, as indeed none were better fitted to do, by long experience among them as a fur trader." WAGNER-CAMP 1:1. STREETER 3653.