London: T. Cadell, 1802. 2nd edition. Leather bound. 8vo. Contemporary calf. Stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait of Mackenzie. 290 pp./332 pp.
No maps present. Boards are damaged. Several strips of leather missing from spines of both volumes. Front boards of both volumes detached. Mild spotting and toning to pages. Unmarked, with very good interior.
This is a rare 2-volume octavo edition of Sir Mackenzie's classic and influential exploration narrative, considered by Hill to be one of the most important Canadian books of all time. This is the second edition, sadly missing the 3 maps, 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; Sir John Franklin more than once expressed his surprise at being able to corroborate their correctness in his own explorations" (Sabin). Mackenzie's expedition was critical, not only for the geographic information but also for the revealing ethnographic studies of the indigenous people encountered across the continent. Famously, Lewis and Clark brought the 2-volume edition of Mackenzie along on their expedition, 12 years later. An indispensible classic in the literature of exploration. (Hill pp185-6; Howes M133; Sabin 43415; Wagner-Camp 1:2). Fair. Item #1620