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1 Cole, Jean Murray. EXILE IN THE WILDERNESS: THE BIOGRAPHY OF CHIEF FACTOR ARCHIBALD McDONALD, 1790-1853.
Don Mills, Ontario Burns & MacEachern 1979 0887680844 / 9780887680847 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 
268 pp, 9 1/4" H. Map endpapers, b&w illustrations. "At the age of twenty-two, Archibald McDonald was responsible for the health and well-being of all ninety-four members of the 1813 party of Lord Selkirk's ill-fated Red River settlement. (He) responded to this heavy burden as he did to all the other difficulties that he experienced in his life as adminstrator and fur trader in the days of the Red River settlement and the early history of the Pacific Northwest - with an engaging combination of practicality, good humor, and hard work. Drawing extensively from McDonald's letters, reports, and diaries, (the author) lets the subject of this biography tell his own story: of the enmity between the Red River settlers and the violent, vindictive Nor-Westers, who were determined to destroy the Red River colony; of his years of service in the Hudson's Bay Company, where he became commander of forts on the Lower Fraser and Columbia Rivers; and of the long canoe voyages through the untamed Canadian wilderness." Dust jacket has one small edge tear archivally taped, minor edge wear/wrinkling, tiny scuff at top of rear hinge. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
SIR JOHN FRANKLIN'S JOURNALS AND CORRESPONDENCE: THE FIRST ARCTIC LAND EXPEDITION, 1819-1822., Davis, Richard C., editor.  (Sir John Franklin.)
2 Davis, Richard C., editor. (Sir John Franklin.) SIR JOHN FRANKLIN'S JOURNALS AND CORRESPONDENCE: THE FIRST ARCTIC LAND EXPEDITION, 1819-1822.
Toronto Champlain Society 1995 0969342543 / 9780969342540 Limited Edition Hard Cover Near Fine 
cix, 463 pp, (xxiii), large 8vo (9 1/2" H), red cloth with gold lettering/banding/emblem on spine (no dust jacket - as issued). Top edge gilt. Limited edition of 1250 copies, this copy unnumbered. B&w illustrations, 3 maps (2 double-page). "This volume contains nearly complete transcriptions of the extant journals kept by John Franklin during his expedition to the unknown northern coast of the North American continent in the years 1819 to 1822. Only a few abstracts and tables of observations from the extant journal books have been excluded, and they, for the most part, are available in the appendices to Franklin's published 'Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea in the Years 1819, 20, 21, and 22'. The present volume also includes transcriptions of a selection of correspondence written during the preparation for and execution of Franklin's first expedition. While most of the letters included here were written by Franklin, some were written by other correspondents to Franklin. A few highly selective pieces were neither written nor recieved by Franklin, but bear special relevance to letters that Franklin wrote. The Introduction provides short biographies of some of the men involved, and then establishes an historical context in which to situate the 1819-22 expedition. The sources of the various documents are next identified, followed by an attempt to understand what brought about the deaths of 11 out of 20 men under Franklin's leadership." Some minor wrinkling to fore-edge of some pages. 
Price: 80.00 USD
 
 
PAUL KANE'S GREAT NOR-WEST., Eaton, Diane and Urbanek, Sheila.
3 Eaton, Diane and Urbanek, Sheila. PAUL KANE'S GREAT NOR-WEST.
Vancouver UBC Press 1995 0774805382 / 9780774805384 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ Paul Kane. 
158 pp, 10 1/4" H x 10 1/4" D. Colour and b&w reproductions. "Determined to document the lives and customs of the Native people of the Northwest before contact with white settlers changed them forever, the Canadian artist Paul Kane set out in 1845 to cross the continent 'with no companions but my portfolio and a box of paints, my gun and a stock of ammunition'. Travelling by canoe and snowshoe, on foot and on horseback via the Hudson's Bay Company fur trade brigade routes, he made his way from the Great Lakes to the Pacific coast and back again. When he returned to Toronto in the fall of 1848, he brought back some five hundred field sketches and a remarkable collection of artifacts, which he used as raw material for one hundred oil paintings depicting scenes of Native life. (The authors) recreate Kane's heroic journey and bring to life the people and places he encountered. Their narrative supplies the historical context to illuminate his travels, while frequently drawing on Kane's own words from his diary and published journal." Minor wear at bottom of spine, small area of glue residue at top corner of rear board. Dust jacket has very minor edge /wrinkling. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
4 Gough, Barry M., editor. THE JOURNAL OF ALEXANDER HENRY THE YOUNGER, 1799-1814. VOLUME II - THE SASKATCHEWAN AND COLUMBIA RIVERS.
Toronto The Champlain Society 1992 0969342519 / 9780969342519 Limited Edition Hard Cover Near Fine 
Volume II only. Pagination runs 329 - 781 pp, large 8vo (9 5/8" H). Orange/red cloth with gilt lettering/crest on spine, top edge gilt. No. 0531 of an edition of twelve hundred and fifty. "This second volume of the Journal of the North West Company fur trader Alexander Henry the Younger portrays Henry against the larger panorama of the North American fur trade. We find him in the first entry, that for 8 August 1808, taking his leave from the Pembina post in the Red River Valley. He is destined for the Saskatchewan country and a different departmental assignment from that he previously had. We trace his route upstream along the waterways of the Saskatchewan River system, and we follow him into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in what is now southwestern Alberta. In the course of these trading activities that cover the years 1808 through 1813, Henry meets the surveyor and discoverer David Thompson, and on occasion the latter features heavily in the narrative. During these years on the prairies and plains of western North America Henry writes extensive commentary on various native peoples. The last phase of the Journal, comprising the years 1813 and 1814, brings Henry into the watershed of the Columbia River and the Pacific Coast.. The Nor'Westers were in a very insecure position owing to the threat of United States naval intervention during the War of 1812 and to the rivalry of John Jacob Astor's Pacific Fur Company. The tension of the narrative builds with these enlarge-ments to Henry's activities, and it ends in his accidental death." From the Editor's Note. Minor rub on fore-edge of text block otherwise clean and bright. 
Price: 65.00 USD
 
 
5 Grant, George M. (Sanford Fleming.) OCEAN TO OCEAN: SANDFORD FLEMING'S EXPEDITION THROUGH CANADA IN 1872. BEING A DIARY KEPT DURING A JOURNEY FROM THE ATLANTIC TO THE PACIFIC WITH THE EXPEDITION OF THE ENGINEER-IN-CHIEF OF THE CANADIAN PACIFIC AND INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY.
Toronto Coles 1970 Facsimile Edition. Hard Cover Very Good- 
371 pp, 8 1/2" H. Facsimile reprint of the James Campbell, Toronto, edition of 1873 - part of the Coles Canadiana Collection. Maroon boards with black title block, gold lettering/banding on spine, gold lettering/banding on front board. B&w illustrations, maps. Minor cracking in gutter of copyright/preface pages, very small light stain at top of preface page, light cut across spine, light browning to edges of text block. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
TO THE ARCTIC BY CANOE 1819-1821.  THE JOURNAL AND PAINTINGS OF ROBERT HOOD, MIDSHIPMAN WITH FRANKLIN., Hood, Robert.  Edited by C. Stuart Houston.
6 Hood, Robert. Edited by C. Stuart Houston. TO THE ARCTIC BY CANOE 1819-1821. THE JOURNAL AND PAINTINGS OF ROBERT HOOD, MIDSHIPMAN WITH FRANKLIN.
Montreal Arctic Institute of North America / McGill-Queen's University Press 1975 0773501924 / 9780773501928 Reprinted with Corrections Hard Cover Fine Very Good Robert Hood. 
217 pp, 11" H. B&w and colour illustrations, maps. "(In 1819, a) dedicated but ill-prepared group of Englishmen set out under instructions from the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to seek for the Northwest Passage. They encountered every hardship and hazard during their two-year mission, a mission which culminated, almost inevitably, in the loss of many lives. One of those who died was a young midshipman, Robert Hood, who had, in spite of the many dangers and problems that beset the expedition, kept a remarkable and invaluable record, in words and paintings, of the experiences of this, the first Franklin expedition. Hood's journal, less formal and more lively than Franklin's official account, shows his appreciation of the beauty as well as the harshness of his surroundings and an awareness, unusual in his time, of some of the adverse effects on the native peoples and their environment of the coming of Europeans. His paintings are among the finest as well as the earliest records of the animals and birds of northern Canada." Dust jacket has minor edge wear, light wear and crease at top of spine, faint small line indentation on rear panel. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
ARCTIC ARTIST:  THE JOURNAL AND PAINTINGS OF GEORGE BACK, MIDSHIPMAN WITH FRANKLIN, 1819-1822., Houston, C. Stuart, editor.  Commentary by I.S. MacLaren.  (George Back.)
7 Houston, C. Stuart, editor. Commentary by I.S. MacLaren. (George Back.) ARCTIC ARTIST: THE JOURNAL AND PAINTINGS OF GEORGE BACK, MIDSHIPMAN WITH FRANKLIN, 1819-1822.
Montreal McGill - Queen's University Press 1994 0773511814 / 9780773511811 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good George Back. 
403 pp, 11" H. B&w and colour reproductions, maps. "(T)he liveliest and most complete account of Sir John Franklin's tragic first Arctic land expedition. George Back's prose captures the drama of this journey, and his superb watercolour sketches reveal the beauty and wonder of this northern land. Back's journal completes Stuart Houston's trilogy of journals of Franklin's officers, and is particularly valuable because it is the only journal that records the entire expedition; Franklin himself relied on it for his own published account of the journey. Houston provides an introduction and extensive annotations, as well as synopses of the frank comments regarding the expedition recorded in the various journals of the Hudson's Bay fur trade posts. I.S. MacLaren's commentary on Back's paintings reveal a naval officer of exceptional talent. Conversant with the artistic conventions and aesthetic temper of his age, Back used his sketchbooks not only to depict the expedition's progress but also to capture his imaginative response to the northern wilderness. MacLaren also edits and comments on two other documents by Back during the expedition: a candid letter to his brother and a poem dramatizing the disaster that claimed the lives of eleven of the twenty explorers in Franklin's party." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at bottom of spine and at top of rear panel, two very tiny dents on front panel, crease down front flap. 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
8 Lavender, David. WINNER TAKE ALL: THE TRANS-CANADA CANOE TRAIL.
New York McGraw-Hill 1977 0070366780 / 9780070366787 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
363 pp, 9 1/4" H. Map. One of 'The American Trails Series'. "Hundreds of white traders operated throughout the area for 300 years. They rubbed elbows with Jesuit priests, Indians, Scottish settlers, and English adversaries. Guided by Indians, they worked out canoe routes which eventually stretched nearly 4000 miles. They suffered portages and freeze-ups which today stagger the imagination. They lived on pemmican and wild rice, berries and fish, and risked losing their lives on every trip they made. Here are the stories of the epic fights between the Nor'west and the Hudson's Bay Company's men; the struggles between those living in a new land and their governors thousands of miles away; the feats of such great explorers as Radisson, Fraser, Simpson, and Mackenzie." One tiny corner bump, two slight corner bumps, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, one tiny edge dent. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light browning on spine. 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
THE POLAR PASSION:  THE QUEST FOR THE NORTH POLE.  WITH SELECTIONS FROM ARCTIC JOURNALS., Mowat, Farley.  (Thorgisl Orrabeinsfostri, Robert Bylot, William Baffin, Elisha Kent Kane, Charels Francis Hall, George Tyson, Adolphus Greely, Fridtjof Nansen, Frederick Cook.)
9 Mowat, Farley. (Thorgisl Orrabeinsfostri, Robert Bylot, William Baffin, Elisha Kent Kane, Charels Francis Hall, George Tyson, Adolphus Greely, Fridtjof Nansen, Frederick Cook.) THE POLAR PASSION: THE QUEST FOR THE NORTH POLE. WITH SELECTIONS FROM ARCTIC JOURNALS.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1967 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
303 pp, 12 1/4" H. Profusely illustrated with reproductions, drawings, maps, photographs. Contents: Foreword; The First Steps North: The Saga of Thorgisl Orrabeinsfostri c. 997 A.D.; The Bay of Disbelief: The Fifth Voyage of Robert Bylot and Wm. Baffin, 1616; A Moth to the Flame: Elisha Kent Kane, Arctic Explorations, 1853-55; Life on an Ice-Floe: Charles Francis Hall, Life Among the Esquimaux, 1865 / George Tyson, Wonderful Drift, 1871-73; Lieut. Greely Sees It Through: Adolphus Greely, Three Years of Arctic Service, 1881-84; The Inland Ice: Fridtjof Nansen, The First Crossing of Greenland, 1888; The Passion Quickens: A Survey - 1892-1906; The Top of the World: Frederick Cook, My Attainment of the Pole, 1907-08; Epilogue; Sources and Acknowledgements; Index. Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, two very tiny stains on top of text block, very light edge wear. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/creasing, a few small edge tears and chips - tears archivally taped, light fading to spine color, light rubbing a few small faint foxing marks on inside. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
10 Rich, E.E. (Edwin Ernest.) THE FUR TRADE AND THE NORTHWEST TO 1857.
Toronto McClelland and Stewart 1967 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
336 pp, 9 1/4" H. One of 'The Canadian Centenary Series'. B&w plates, maps. "An exciting and authoritative account of the opening of the Northwest and the history and the development of the great fur-trading concerns. Professor Rich etches a graphic picture of how the often-unwilling partnership of exploration and fur trade revealed the full extent of what was to become Canadian territory." Very light edge wear/wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light to moderate edge wear wrinkling with a few tiny tears (archivally taped) and chips, slight browning to spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE GREAT FUR LAND OR SKETCHES FROM LIFE IN THE HUDSON'S BAY TERRITORY., Robinson, H.M.
11 Robinson, H.M. THE GREAT FUR LAND OR SKETCHES FROM LIFE IN THE HUDSON'S BAY TERRITORY.
Toronto Coles 1975 Facsimile Edition. Hard Cover Fine Very Good- Charles Gasche. 
348 pp, 8 5/8" H. Burgundy cloth with black title block, gilt lettering/banding on spine, gilt lettering/banding on front board - one of the Coles Canadian Collection. B&w illustrations. A facsimile of the edition published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1879. "In approximately 1870, one H.M. Robinson, writer and traveller, journeyed by dog sled to the Hudson's Bay Territory. The account of his months there is fascinating not only for its first-hand look at life in northern Canada, but also for this cultured man's view of it. The book includes excursions by dog sled and canoe, as well as hunting expeditions. It documents life in a Hudson's Bay Company fort, in a fur-hunters' camp, and in an Indian settlement. There are absorbing accounts of voyageurs, the Blackfeet Indians, 'nomadic' hunters, and medicine men, as well as breath-taking descriptions of the landscape. Since little knowledge of the North was generally available, Mr. Robinson's commentary helped to shape the attitudes of early Canadians, thus eventually influencing government policy. Through this book, modern readers can achieve a more complete idea of what it was like to be alive in the North in the 1870's. But more than that, we are able to trace the roots of the nation's successes and failures in dealing with people and the natural resources of the vast expanse once known as the Hudson's Bay Territory." Dust jacket has light wdge wear/wrinkling, two taped (inside) edge tears - one with creases, minor rubbing and soiling. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
12 Smith, R.D. Hilton. Foreword by Samuel Rothstein. NORTHWESTERN APPROACHES: THE FIRST CENTURY OF BOOKS.
Victoria, B.C. Adelphi Book Shop 1969 First Thus Hard Cover Very Good 
67 pp, 9 5/16" H. Brown simulated leather boards with gold lettering on spine, gold illustration on front board. B&w plates. "First published as the complete issue of the 'British Columbia Library Quarterly' for January 1969. Now published by the Adelphi Book Shop Ltd. in an edition of 750 copies, May 1969." "This is not a bibliography, nor is it a pemmican history of the early northwest, although in some ways it shares the nature of both. It is a series of informal lectures, slightly expanded and re-arranged, on the books written by the explorers of British Columbia and its approaches during the century which began with Bering's first voyage and ended with Sir George Simpson's second journey to the Columbia." Contents: Foreword; Acknowledgements; Background & Introduction; Spaniards versus Russians; The British Approach by Land and Sea; The French Look In; The Americans Reach Out; Check-list; Index. Faint erased pencil marks at top of frent free endpaper, lettering on spine had faded. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE MAN WHO MAPPED THE ARCTIC:  THE INTREPID LIFE OF GEORGE BACK, FRANKLIN'S LIEUTENANT., Steele, Peter.
13 Steele, Peter. THE MAN WHO MAPPED THE ARCTIC: THE INTREPID LIFE OF GEORGE BACK, FRANKLIN'S LIEUTENANT.
Vancouver Raincoast 2003 1551926482 / 9781551926483 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ George Back 
307 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). Map endpapers, b&w maps, reproductions of drawings (by Back). "George Back went on three Arctic expeditions under Sir John Franklin, searching for the mythical Northwest Passage while opening up the vast barren lands of the Canadian north. But unlike Franklin, Back lived to tell his tales and left behind an inspirational legacy of journals, drawings, watercolours and maps. Back was one of nature's survivors. Just after he joined the British navy at the tender age of 11, he was taken prisoner by the French and spent five years in a Napoleonic citadel. Here he learnt to speak French, a skill that later helped smooth his passage with the hardy Canadian voyaguers. Exploration of the frozen north was then beset by appalling difficulties. There were rows with the Hudson's Bay Company, rations that failed to get through and, in extremis, cannibalism. But Back came through such trials with a joyous satisfaction. His crowning achievement was the discovery and descent of Canada's Great Fish River, now named the Back River. Not only did he shoot its 83 sets of rapids in a boat built on the spot, but on reaching the Arctic Ocean, he dragged the vessel back upstream as winter closed in. His final expedition almost led him to a watery grave off Southampton Island at the top of Hudson Bay, where his ship drifted for ten months in pack ice; the leaking wreck just made it to Ireland, where Back ran it onto a beach and collapsed. Five Arctic adventures had destroyed his health. Now an admiral, he retired, was knighted and died at the ripe old age of 82." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has some light edge wrinkling - mainly at top of spine and front flap fold. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 


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