19 December 2002
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 (210 x 128 mm). 2 engraved folding maps and 4 engraved plates. (First map, title and dedication leaf detached, offsetting to text.) Contemporary calf (rebacked, edges and corners worn). Provenance: J. Longberg Rocher (signature on title).
FIRST EDITION. "Carver, one of the English soldiers wounded and captured at the massacre of the Fort William Henry by the French and Indians in 1757, gives a vivid though short eye-witness account of the battle. Though a prisoner of the French and Indians for only three days, when he escaped to Fort Edwards, his is one of the most spirited accounts of the famous massacre. His later frontier experiences in Minnesota and Wisconsin, though formerly discredited, have been accepted as one of the earliest and best accounts of pioneer days in this region" (Vail). Howes C215; Sabin 11184; Vail 654.
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