An Overland Journey round the World, during the Years 1841 and 1842…. Sir George SIMPSON.

An Overland Journey round the World…
An Overland Journey round the World, during the Years 1841 and 1842…

Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1847.

Octavo, two volumes in one; early ownership inscription on title, in original red cloth.

The scarce first American edition which, according to Forbes, may have preceded the London edition.

The scarce first American edition which, according to Forbes, may have preceded the London edition.
Sir George Simpson was governor of the Hudson's Bay Company in North America, and his acute observations on this journey undertaken for his company make this a work of continuing value. He left London in 1841, and went by way of Halifax and Boston to Canada, crossing by canoe to Vancouver. He made two visits to Sitka, and his material on Alaska is significant.
After spending some time in California, he continued on to Hawaii, where the company had a store, and his account of the islands 'is important for its full and accurate report of business and political conditions in Honolulu' (Forbes). Simpson was sympathetic to the government of Hawaii, and he advised Kamehameha III on the formation of a "commission", consisting of himself, William Richards and Haalilio, to travel to Washington, Paris and London, to confirm the Hawaiian independence from the three great powers.
Simpson returned to London overland across Russia, arriving some twenty months after his departure.

not in Hill; Strathern & Edwards, 505 (i); Wagner-Camp, 140:2.

Price (AUD): $1,400.00  other currencies     Ref: #3002964

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