Lot 1284: Alexander Henry / James Bain TRAVELS & ADVENTURES IN CANADA AND THE INDIAN TERRITORIES 1901 Limited Edition Antique Canadian Travel & Exploration Fur Trade Native Americans Fold-Out Maps Engraved Frontispiece Plates
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Travels & Adventures in Canada and the Indian Territories between the Years 1760 and 1776
Author: Alexander Henry the elder - Alexander Henry "The Elder" was one of the leading pioneers of the British-Canadian fur trade following the British Conquest of New France; a partner in the North West Company, and a founding member and vice-chairman of the Beaver Club. In 1763-64, he lived and hunted with Wawatam of the Ojibwa, who had adopted him as a brother.
"Blessed with as many lives as a cat," he recounted his time with the Ojibwa and subsequent explorations in his "Travels and Adventures in Canada and the Indian Territories between the years 1760 and 1776" (published New York, 1809), which he dedicated to his friend Sir Joseph Banks. The book is considered an adventure classic and one of the best descriptions of Native Indian life at this time.
An "easy and dignified" raconteur, in 1776 Henry was invited to give an account of his journeys at the Royal Society in London and at Versailles to Queen Marie Antoinette. In the 1780s, Henry introduced John Jacob Astor into the Canadian fur trade; subsequently Astor would stay as Henry's guest during his annual visits to Montreal. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Editor: James Bain
Publisher: Little, Brown, & Company
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xxv/347 pages
Width: 6.75" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: This chronicle of a fur trader in the North American colonies includes his captivity at the hands of the Seneca Indians.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this work, numbered 520 of 700 copies produced prior to the frontispiece. The antique volume is bound in red cloth covers with a tan paper title label affixed to the spine. The exterior shows light rubbing, toning, and moisture marking, concentrated near the edges. The corners are slightly bumped. The binding is solid. The tissue-guarded, engraved frontispiece portrait depicts the author. The pages show mild age toning and occasional light marginal spotting. The work is profusely illustrated with plates and two fold-out maps.
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