Hamburg: Benjamin Gottlob Hoffmann, 1791. xxiv,334,pp. plus folding map. 20th-century cloth spine and marbled boards, spine gilt. Very minor foxing. Very good. First German edition. Long began working for the Hudson's Bay Company in 1768. As a fur trader he travelled extensively among the Canadian Indians for nineteen years. "His knowledge of the character, customs, and domestic life of the Indians was therefore the most thorough and intimate. His relations are characterized by candor and intelligence..." - Field. "An excellent account of the customs and manners of the Indians among whom the author lived..." - Graff. "The most valuable record of Indian life and the fur trade of the period, by a fur trader who lived 19 years in the old Northwest. The vocabularies occupy pp.183-295 and are of great value. The map, showing the territory from the Great Lakes north to James's Bay and from the Mississippi east to the St. Lawrence, is entitled 'Sketch of the Western Countries of Canada 1791'" - Vail. This particular copy appears to have three cancel leves bound in before the main body of the text - leaves A2, A5, and A6 - containing slightly altered versions of the text. HOWES L443. FIELD 946 (ref). VAIL 878 (ref). PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 2312. (Inventory #: WRCAM50785)
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