Henry, Alexander (1739-1824) and David Thompson (1770-1857)
New Light on the Early History of the Greater Northwest, the Manuscript Journals of Alexander Henry…and of David Thompson….1799-184. Exploitation and Adventure among the Indians on the Red, Sasketchewan, Missouri, and Columbia Rivers. Edited with Copious Critical Commentary by Elliott Coues
Classic Fur Trade and Canadian Northwest Travel and Adventure
“Alexander Henry was born in New Jersey in 1739. He fought in the French and Indian War and moved to Montreal in 1760 to engage in the fur trade. He spent several years in the country to the west and north of Lake Superior. His travels also took him to Lake Winnipeg and the Saskatchewan….His descriptions of the country and the Indians were among the first to achieve wide circulation. Unfortunately, Henry wrote his account [Travels and Adventures in Canada and the Indian Territories, between the Years 1760 and 1776 (New York: 1809)] many years after the events, basing it on memory rather than notes. Subsequent studies have found his distances to be exaggerated and his dates in error…The principal authority on the Canadian Northwest after Henry’s time was David Thompson, whose Narrative covers the period 1784-1812”
New York: Francis P. Harper, 1897, Limited Edition, Limited to 1,100 copies, of which this is one of 1,000 regular copies on “fine book paper”. Three large Octavo volumes, 446, 447-916 and 917-1027 pages. Three folding maps and folding facsimile in rear pocket of Volume III. Portrait. Original green cloth with gilt titles to spines. Internally clean, a near Fine set housed in a marbled slipcase.
Excellent Scholarship by Elliott Coeus
Wagner-Camp:7, Howes H419