Narrative of the Discoveries on the North West Coast of America; effected by the Officers of the Hudson's Bay Company during the years 1836-39
Author: Thomas Simpson (1808-1840)
Publisher: Richard Bentley
xx+[folding map]+417 pages with frontispiece map. Octavo (8 1/2" x 5 1/2") bound in modern half calf with five raised spine binds and black label in gilt lettering over marbled boards. ( Arctic Bibliography 16124; Field 1411; Lada-Mocarski 115; Sabin 81374; Wagner-Camp 101) First edition.
Thomas Simpson was a Scottish Arctic explorer, Hudson's Bay Company fur trader, and cousin of Company Governor Sir George Simpson. He helped chart the northern coasts of Canada.
From 1836 to 1839, Simpson was involved in an expedition to chart the Arctic coast of Canada in order to fill two gaps left by other expeditions in search of the Northwest Passage. The expedition was headed by Peter Warren Dease, a chief factor of the Hudson's Bay Company. Thomas was the junior officer but Dease ceded most of the responsibility to him. Several writers present Simpson as an ambitious and over-confident young man, whereas Dease was 20 years older, experienced in Arctic travel, and efficient but perhaps under-confident. Ten more men went with them, including the canoemen James McKay and George Sinclair who had travelled with George Back during his 1834 journey down the Back River.
Some rubbing and minor wear to extremities. Provenance: "Hydros Office" (institutional stamp to title-page), collector's bookplate, a few pencil notations else very good.
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