An Overland Journey round the World during the years 1841 and 1842
An Overland Journey round the World during the years 1841 and 1842

SIR GEORGE SIMPSON, 1847

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An Overland Journey round the World during the years 1841 and 1842
Sir George Simpson, 1847
SIMPSON, Sir George (1792-1860). An Overland Journey round the World, during the years 1841 and 1842. Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1847.
 
The first American edition of the first known circumnavigation of the world by land, from the library of fur trade personality Major Thomas Fitzpatrick, also known as "Broke Hand." Simpson was colonial governor of the Hudson's Bay Company who was noted for his combination of wilderness skills and administrative prowess. His famous circumnavigation took him by canoe and horseback across Canada, by steamship to Sitka, California, Hawaii, and then to Okhostk, from where he traveled by horse to Yakutsk and St Petersburg and finally back to London by ship. This copy was given by Missouri senator and Union army officer Benjamin Gratz Brown to the famous trapper Thomas Fitzpatrick. Sabin 81344; See Hill 1572 (first edition in London).
 
Two parts in one, octavo (208 x 130mm). Contemporary stamped red cloth (rebacked and worn, upper hinge cracked). Cloth box. Provenance: Major Thomas Fitzpatrick (1799-1854, legendary trapper and mountain man; gift inscription from Benjamin Gratz Brown).

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