Rare book by Carver, Jonathan; Three Years Travels through the Interior Parts of North America.
Item Number: Book-103a
Carver, Jonathan; Three Years Travels through the Interior Parts of North America for more than Five Thousand Miles; Containing an Account of the Great Lakes, and all the Lakes, Islands and Rivers, Cataracts, Mountains, Minerals, Soil, and Vegetable Productions.......and an Appendix. Philadelphia, Key & Simpson, 1796. Octavo, pp. ix, 360, and 20 page list of subscribers.
The text is complete and in a contemporary full calf with a gilt spine label. Owners book plate on paste down earlier penciled purchase notation on first page and small embossed stamp on title page. Light toning to outer margins of a few pages, binding is tight with light scuffing to boards and spine edges. In very good condition.
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A British military officer who served in the French and Indian War, Carver explored the newly acquired British lands in the American west from 1766 through 1768. He crossed what is now Wisconsin and at the Mississippi River headed north to the present site of Minneapolis where he spent his first winter with the Dakota Indians. In his second and third seasons he traveled into northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin and the northern shore of Lake Superior. Throughout his travels Carver kept detailed notes on the Indians, their manners and customs, government, food, dances, ceremonies, dress, methods of warfare, and language. Originally no publisher in America would finance the book so Carver had it published in London in 1778 where it became an immediate success. The American edition was finally published but without the plates normally found in the British edition.