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: for the Author and sold by J. Walter and S. Crowder, 1778).

A VERY ATTRACTIVE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, WITH VERY RARELY ENCOUNTERED HAND-COLOURED PLATES AND MAPS. Carver set out in 1766 on a three year journey in search of a Northwest Passage to the Pacific. In his narrative of those years he gives detailed accounts of the life of the Indian tribes he encountered.
His attempt to find a passage to the Pacific resulted in an extensive survey of the midwestern lakes and riverways and the headwaters of the Mississippi. Carver was the first English explorer to venture west of this point. He was also the first to mention the large mountain ranges to the west that left little hope for an easy westward passage. Carver used 'Oregon' to label the Great River of the West in this book, and this marks the first published use of the word in English. Later, William Cullen Bryant used the name from Carver's book in his 1817 poem Thanatopsis in referring to the recent discoveries of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, this helped establish the name in modern use.
TRAVELS THROUGH THE INTERIOR PARTS OF NORTH AMERICA is a very important book in the history of the exploration of the American West. Carver went farther west than any other English explorer of the Colonial era and thus, quite literally, blazed a trail for the decades-later expeditions of Alexander Mackenzie, as well as for Lewis and Clark. Item #30491

First edition. With two large folding hand-coloured engraved maps, one of North America and one of Carver's travels in the regions near Lakes Superior and Michigan. And with four engraved hand-coloured plates, including two of the Native American people and an impressive view of Saint Anthony Fall near present day Minneapolis. Tall 8vo, in full contemporary calf, sometime rebacked in proper period style with blind ruled raised bands and contrasting red and green morocco labels gilt lettered, original blanks retained. From the famous collection of Joseph Walter King Eyton, with his fine engraved hand-coloured armorial bookplate. xvi; 543, [1] pp. A very handsome copy, the text especially clean and fresh, the hand-colouring unique to this copy and well executed, the maps in fine condition.

Price: $3,500.00