5 December 2008
CARVER, Jonathan (1732-1780). Travels through the Interior Parts of North-America, in the Years 1766, 1767, and 1768. London: Printed for the author and sold by J. Walter, 1778.
8o (220 x 135 mm). Frontispiece portrait supplied from a later edition, 2 engraved folding maps and 4 engraved plates (some offsetting). Contemporary speckled calf (rebacked). Provenance: William Noel Hill, Lord Berwick (1773-1842), diplomatist (bookplate and a few manuscript corrections in text); signature erased from front free endpaper.
ONE OF THE EARLIEST AND BEST ACCOUNTS OF THE FRONTIER IN MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN
FIRST EDITION. Wounded and captured by the French and Indians at the massacre of Fort William Henry in 1757, Carver, an English soldier, gives a vivid eye-witness account of the battle. He also describes his later frontier experiences in Minnesota and Wisconsin, which "...have been accepted as one of the earliest and best accounts of pioneer days in this region" (Vail). Carver popularized the terms "Oregon" and "The Shining Mountains," wrote the clearest statement of the "pyramidal height-of-land" concept and speculated on the existence of a more westerly Continental Divide. Wheat notes that the map, "A plan of Captain Carver's travels in the interior parts of North America in 1766 and 1777" is one of the earliest to show "actual results of British exploration in the interior." He included at the end a vocabulary of the Chipeway language and a zoological history of the interior of North America. Field 251; Graff 622 (3rd ed.); Howes C-215; Jones 563; Lande 108; Pilling Algonquin 58; Sabin 11184; Streeter sale III:1772; Vail 654; Wheat Mapping the Transmississippi West 175.
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