London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1855. Two volumes. xv,333; viii,262,pp. plus folding map. Lithographed frontispiece in each volume. Contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spines gilt. Rubbed at extremities. Bookplate on front pastedown. Light scattered foxing and soiling. Very good. Item #WRCAM43969
The very scarce first edition of the work which Streeter describes as "a principal source for all writing on the fur trade in the Pacific Northwest during the period of activity of the North West Company and Hudson's Bay Company." Ross was with the Astor Company but joined the North West Company when the former broke up. In 1825 he travelled from the Pacific to Red River to take possession of a grant of 100 acres allotted him by Gov. Simpson. Herein he gives an excellent account of his trip. Rich in data about the Indians Ross encountered, this work is praised by Field, who states: "In all the qualities which should attract and hold our attention, it is rare to find the superior of Mr. Ross." The "Map of the Oregon" covers the area from north of Vancouver to Mount Shasty. The appendix contains a Nez Perce vocabulary. WAGNER-CAMP 269. SMITH 8785. HILL 1486. FIELD 1326. HOWES R449, "b." SABIN 73327. TWENEY 89, 67 (note). GRAFF 3578. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 3382. STREETER SALE 3719. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI 859.