London: [Printed by J. Brettell, 1817. ,125, lxxxix pp. plus folding map. Contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled boards, gilt leather label. Inked date on titlepage and a few inked numbers on the verso, a couple small tape repairs on verso of folding map. Very good. The rare first issue of Halkett's work on the Red River settlement, describing the history of Selkirk's settlement on Red River and its differences with the North West Company. This is the true first issue, without a printer or date on the titlepage, issued in January 1817, as opposed to the edition issued by Murray later in the year. Reportedly only a handful of copies were printed for Halkett's friends and associates. The map, by Aaron Arrowsmith, shows the Red River country, Lake Winnipeg, and north to Hudson Bay. "Halkett, Lord Selkirk's brother-in-law, gives an account of the establishment of the Red River colony, its troubles, and the 'Massacre of Seven Oaks' of 1816, in which Governor Semple lost his life. The tone of the Statement is arrogant, and was certainly poor 'public relations' as far as the Canadian public was concerned" - Streeter. A landmark work of Canadiana. LANDE 1206. STREETER SALE 3672. PEEL 42. TPL 1093. FIELD 1382. SABIN 20704. (Inventory #: WRCAM50564)
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