Travels through the interior parts of North-America, in the years 1766, 1767, and 1768. Jonathan Carver.
Travels through the interior parts of North-America, in the years 1766, 1767, and 1768
Travels through the interior parts of North-America, in the years 1766, 1767, and 1768

Travels through the interior parts of North-America, in the years 1766, 1767, and 1768

London: printed for the author, and sold by J. Walter, 1778. First edition, 8vo, pp. [20], xvi, [17]-543, [1]; 2 engraved folding maps and 4 engraved plates (one a view of the Falls of St. Anthony, which is the first illustration in a book of both the Falls and what is now the site of Minneapolis); recent quarter tan calf over marbled boards, red morocco label on gilt-paneled spine; a nice copy. The errata have been corrected in ink in a contemporary hand. A seminal book in the history of the exploration of the American west, and a cornerstone in Minnesota history. Peace between Great Britain and France at the close of the French and Indian Wars in 1763 brought eastern Minnesota under the British flag for the first time, thus opening the vast territory to British fur traders. "Carver spent the winter of 1766-67 a short distance up the Minnesota River with the Sioux. He was then serving as mapmaker and advance man on an expedition, led by Captain James Tute and inspired by Maj. Robert Rogers, commandant at Fort Mackinac, intended to cross the continent in quest of the Northwest Passage. The plan had to be given up, but Carver later wrote and published an account of his travels which became a "best seller" of its day, and gave to thousands on both sides of the Atlantic their first information about the Minnesota country" (Fridley, A Sketch of Minnesota, p. 3). "Carver penetrated farther into the West than any other English explorer before the Revolution… [and] stimulated curiosity concerning routes to the Pacific, later satisfied by Mackenzie and Lewis and Clark" (Howes C-215). JCB 1701-1800, II, 2450; Pilling, Proof-sheets, 634; Sabin 11184; Streeter III, 1772. Item #53996

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