• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2158

    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 234

    LONG, John (fl. 1768-1791). Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, Describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians; with an Account of the Posts Situated on the River Saint Laurence, Lake Ontario, &c. To Which is Added, a Vocabulary of the Chippeway Language. Names of Furs and Skins, in English and French. A List of Words in the Iroquois, Mohegan, Shawanee, and Esquimeaux Tongues, and a Table, Shewing the Analogy between the Algonkin and Chippeway Languages. London: Printed for the Author, and sold by Robson et al, 1791.

    Price Realised  

    LONG, John (fl. 1768-1791). Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, Describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians; with an Account of the Posts Situated on the River Saint Laurence, Lake Ontario, &c. To Which is Added, a Vocabulary of the Chippeway Language. Names of Furs and Skins, in English and French. A List of Words in the Iroquois, Mohegan, Shawanee, and Esquimeaux Tongues, and a Table, Shewing the Analogy between the Algonkin and Chippeway Languages. London: Printed for the Author, and sold by Robson et al, 1791.

    4o (274 x 211 mm). Engraved folding map of Canada (Offsetting to map). Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, spine gilt (extremities rubbed, some scuff marks).

    FIRST EDITION. Long was employed by the Hudson's Bay Company for nineteen years starting in 1768. Throughout his tenure he traveled among the Indians of Canada, gaining a thorough and intimate knowledge of the character, customs and domestic life of the native tribes there. "His is a graphic record of Indian life and customs and of conditions in the fur trade during the furious competition of the Montreal traders among themselves and with the Hudson's Bay Co." (Staton & Tremaine/TPL 597). Field 946; Howes L-443; Sabin 41878.

    [Bound with:]

    BARTRAM, John (1699-1777) and William STORK (18th century). A Description of East-Florida, with a Journal, kept by John Bartram of Philadelphia, Botanist to His Majesty for the Floridas. Upon a Journey from St. Augustine up the River St. Johns, as Far as the Lakes. London: W. Nicoll and T. Jefferies, 1769.

    4o. 3 engraved folding maps (some light offsetting).

    Third and best Edition, much enlarged and improved, (the folding maps were not included in the second edition). John Bartram, the first American-born botanist, recorded in his Journal observations taken during a 400-mile trip with his son from St. Augustine up and down the St. John's River, of indigenous plants, animals, climate, soil, etc. "Nothing missed Bartram's eye--tree, flower, fruit, bird, fish, or mineral, and as he went he prepared a map of the river's course and depths, shoals, and currents" (DAB). His detailed descriptions "complement Stork's promotional account, and both are among the most important sources for the history of East Florida" (Streeter). Clark, Old South, 195; Cumming 379; Howes S-1042; Sabin 92222; Streeter sale II:1183; Vail 600.

    [Bound with:]

    BURNABY, Andrew (1734-1812). Travels through the Middle Settlements in North-America, in the years 1759 and 1760. London: T. Payne, 1775. Sabin 9359 (calling for plates and a map of New York, not present in this copy).


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department