London: Printed for the author, 1778. ,xvi,543,pp. plus two folding maps and four plates. Contemporary full calf, gilt leather spine label. Hinges cracked, edges and corners worn, spine lightly chipped. Contemporary ownership inscription on titlepage. Light tanning and foxing, heavier on initial leaves, light offsetting from plates. A good copy in original condition. In a red cloth slipcase and chemise. Item #WRCAM39182D
Jonathan Carver, who was born in Massachusetts, served in the colonial militia during the French and Indian War rising to the rank of Captain and mastering the techniques of surveying and map making. He left the army in 1763 with the intention of exploring the new territories acquired by the British as a result of the war. In 1766, Robert Rogers appointed Carver to lead a semi-official expedition to find a route via lakes and rivers to the Pacific Ocean and the East Indies. Carver went farther west than any British explorer before the Revolution. He was seeking a transcontinental waterway, but mainly explored tributaries of the Mississippi, in what is now Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. 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. HOWES C215, "aa." FIELD 251. GRAFF 622. STREETER SALE 1772. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 634. PILLING, ALGONQUIAN p.68; SIOUAN, p.12 GAGNON II 325. LANDE 108. SABIN 11184. VAIL 654.