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.

New York: Printed and Sold by G. F. Hopkins, 1802.

Price: $1,750.00

About the item

First American edition. Engraved folding map, linen-backed. [x], 94, 296 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Contemporary tree sheep, morocco lettering piece. Foxing and offsetting to the map. Provenance: J.C. Verplanck (signature); C.L.F. Robinson (bookplate). Wagner-Camp 1:4; Sabin 43415; Howes M133.

Item #365697

Mackenzie, a partner in the North-west Fur Company, established to provide competition for the Hudson's Bay Company, was sent to Detroit in 1784 to set himself in the fur trade. After several years of hardships (primarily because the European traders in the area stirred up the Indians) he was admitted to the trade. He resided at Fort Chippewayan at the head of Lake Athabasca for several years, until recognizing his expertise in the area, his employers sent him off to explore the region of the north-west bounded by the Frozen Sea. He set forth 3 June 1789, reached the Great Slave Lake, discovered the outlet of the now Mackenzie River, followed it to where it enters the Arctic Sea then returned 12 Sepbember 1789. He set off again to reach the Pacific coast, something never attempted by a European before. It took 9 months for him to reach the Pacific coast near Cape Menzies. He was also the first European to cross the Rockies.