Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America in the Years 1811, 1812, 1813, and 1814; or the First American Settlement on the Pacific [Astoria]

Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America in the Years 1811, 1812, 1813, and 1814; or the First American Settlement on the Pacific [Astoria]

New York: Redfield, 1854. Very Good. First Edition. [First French Edition 1820] 12mo [7.5x5.5in]; 376 pp., [8] advertisements, Frontispiece of Fort Astoria 1813, two plates, appendix [added from French edition]; Dark Green pebbled cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine, blind borders on front and back, all edges trimmed, plain end papers; Rebound with original cloth, Shelf wear, rubbing and soiling to original covers and corners, bottom of spine worn with some loss, spine slightly darken, light foxing and damp stains throughout, prior owner bookplate on front end paper, prior owner period ink signature and pencil inscription. [Graff 1400, Wagner-Camp 16:2]. Item #13438

Gabriel Franchere (1786-1863) was a French Canadian author and explorer of the Pacific Northwest [Wikipedia]. From Wagner-Camp, "In 1810 Franchere sailed on the ship Tonquin to the Columbia River for the founding of Astor's new trading post, Astoria. Franchere remained there from April 1811 to the spring of 1814." He then traveled overland to Montreal, arriving in September 1814. The first edition of this book was published in French in 1820. Washington Irving used it as a source for his book Astoria,or, Enterprise Beyond the Rocky Mountain. This first English edition adds a preface and appendix. Bookplate of James Strohn Copley (1916-1973), a newspaper publisher, Copley Press, that owned newspapers in California and the midwest.

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