5 April 2016
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, . 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.
4° (276 x 203 mm). Folding engraved frontispiece map "Sketch of the Western Countries of Canada" (some pale offsetting). Contemporary tree calf gilt, spine in 6 compartments with 5 raised bands, red morocco lettering piece in one, the rest gilt decorated (joints starting, some chipping with loss to lower joint). Provenance: Hutches Trower (1777-1835) English political economist (armorial bookplate on pastedown); Penelope Frances Slater (b.1788) wife of Hutches Trower (signature on first blank).
"THE MOST VALUABLE RECORD OF INDIAN LIFE AND THE FUR TRADE OF THE PERIOD" (Vail)
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). The map is of the entire Great Lakes region, north to James Bay, dated 1791. Ayer Indian Linguistics 28, Chippewa 128 and 150; Field 946; Graff 2527; Howes L-443; Jones 619; Rader 2249; Sabin 41878; Staton & Tremaine/TPL 597; Streeter sale VI:3651; Vail 878; Waterston, p.18.
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