Boston: Published by the Prince Society, 1885. vi,,385pp. plus original subscription form. [with:] Campbell, Henry Colin: RADISSON'S JOURNAL: ITS VALUE AND HISTORY. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1895. -116pp. Quarto. 20th-century polished calf, spine gilt. Mild shelf wear. Small ink ownership inscription on front pastedown. Minor toning to text. Very good. The journals from Radisson's travels, printed from the manuscripts in the Bodleian Library and the British Museum. From an edition limited to 250 copies. Radisson and his brother-in-law, Des Groseilliers, spent more than ten years trading with the Indians of Canada and the Far West. The journals contains much information on the Iroquois, Hurons, and other tribes. "First printing of these famous journals. Radisson and the Groseilliers were the first Europeans to see the upper reaches of the Mississippi. They probably got to the Missouri" - Howes. The pamphlet by Campbell bound at the rear was taken from the PROCEEDINGS OF THE STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF WISCONSIN AT ITS FORTY-THIRD ANNUAL MEETING HELD DECEMBER 12, 1895. The pamphlet contains a critical discussion of Radisson's travels, but Campbell ultimately concludes that Radisson and Groseilliers are "two of the most daring explorers that have ever penetrated our North American wilderness. They were the first explorers of Lake Superior, of Northern Wisconsin, and of Northern Minnesota....Their names must ever remain inseparably connected with the history of Wisconsin, of the old Northwest, and of much more of the North American continent." HOWES R6. LARNED 673. (Inventory #: WRCAM50624)
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