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    An Expedition to Discover the Northwest Passage

    J[onathan]. C. Carver. Travels Through the Interior Parts of North-America in the Years 1766, 1767, and 1768. London: printed for the author by J. Walter, 1778.

    First edition. Octavo. [20], xvi, 543, [1] pages. Illustrated with four copper plates. Two folding maps: "A Plan of Captain Carver's Travels in the Interior Parts of North America in 1766 and 1767" and "A New Map of North America from the Latest Discoveries 1778."

    Modern binding of full red polished calf. Gilt lettering to spine; five raised bands. Marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt. Some scarring and surface loss to spine. Mild foxing throughout; pages toned. Offsetting from plates. Short closed tear to frontispiece folding map and three very short closed tears to other folding map. A nice, tight copy in very good condition.

    Important publication documenting Massachusetts-born Carver's expedition to find a Northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean. In Carver's quest to capture the vast prize offered by the British crown and Parliament to successfully map a route to the Pacific, Carver was the first English-speaking explorer to venture west of the Upper Mississippi River. This historically important and very popular travel narrative is said to have spurred Lewis and Clark in their Western explorations.

    Howes C215, Sabin 11184, Streeter Sale 1772.


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