6081. MacKenzie's North American Voyage

Objektsbeskrivning
MACKENZIE, ALEXANDER. Voyages d'Alex.dre Mackenzie, dans l'interieur de l'Amérique septentrionale, faits en 1789, 1792 et 1793; Le 1.er, de Montréal au fort Chipiouyan et à la mer Glaciale; Le 2.me, du fort Chipiouyan jusqu'aux bords de l'Océan pacifique. Précédés d'un tableau historique et politique sur le commerce des pelleteries, dans le Canada. Traduits de l'anglais, par J. Castéra, avec notes et un itinéraire, tirés en partie des papiers du vice-amiral Bougainville. I-III. Paris (Dentu) an X -1802.

8vo. 194 x 119 mm. (4), XX, 409; (4), 420; (4), 388 pp. Engraved portrait, 3 large folding engraved maps, 1 folding printed table.
Well-preserved contemporary half calf with gilt spines with red labels, marbled boards and red edges. Some stains, mostly distinct on otherwise clean and crisp paper. Map in volume II with reinforcements and repairs in folds. Exlibris of Emanuel Cederström. 3 volumes.

Alexander Mackenzie (1764-1820), born in Scotland, was a fur trader and explorer. Together with his cousin Roderick, he established Fort Chipewyan on the southern shore of Lake Athabasca, whence his first expedition began. Its main purpose was to find and establish a trade route to the Pacific ocean, but this failed although he added a wealth of knowledge about Canadian geography. The second expedition was successful, however, and made Mackenzie the first European to cross North America north of Mexico.

Provenance: Emaunuel Cederström, Krusenberg manor, Sweden.