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Auction 100, Lot 573

"Fur Trade and Empire George Simpson's Journal", Simpson, George

Subject: History - American Fur Trade

Period: 1931 (published)

Publication: Harvard University Press


6.7 x 8.2 inches
17 x 20.8 cm

Invaluable collection of source documents of the Hudson's Bay Company detailing the fur trade overland to Oregon. George Simpson was the Company's field governor and his journal is a vivid narrative of his canoe voyage from Hudson Bay to the Columbia River (1824-25) and plans to reorganize the fur trade west of the mountains. Includes other documents that reveal the means by which the program was carried out. The Company's reorganization and its effect on American competition are also examined. Large folding map in rear pocket: "A Map Exhibiting all the New Discoveries in the Interior Parts of North America" by John Arrowsmith, reproduced and updated by the Royal Geographical Society. Introduction and editing by Frederick Merk. First edition, 8vo, xxxvi, 370 pp. Original red cloth with gilt title on front cover and spine.


Condition: A

Minor shelf wear with sunned spine.

Estimate: $100 - $140

Sold for: $130

Closed on 9/12/2002