London: Printed for the author, 1778. ,xvi,543,pp. plus two folding maps and four plates. Contemporary calf, rebacked preserving original label. Later Scottish bookseller's label on front pastedown, later ownership inscriptions on titlepage. Minor toning. Very good. Item #WRCAM39182B
Carver went farther west than any British explorer before the Revolution. He was seeking a transcontinental waterway, but mainly explored tributaries of the Mississippi. His book, however, is often credited with being a catalyst for further exploration, influencing Mackenzie and Lewis and Clark. "A Plan of Captain Carver's Travels in the Interior Parts of North America" shows the headwaters of the Mississippi, lakes Michigan and Superior, and the land as far west as the Dakotas. The text contains the first mention of the word "Oregon." Includes material relating to the languages of a number of Indian tribes. A cornerstone early western travel narrative.
Sessler paid $300 for the Streeter copy in 1968. HOWES C215, "aa." FIELD 251. STREETER SALE 1772. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 634. SABIN 11184. VAIL 670. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 13 (ref). REESE & OSBORN, STRUGGLE FOR NORTH AMERICA (ref).