Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1854
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
FIRST PRINTED ACCOUNT OF J.J. ASTOR'S ATTEMPT TO ESTABLISH PACIFIC FUR COMPANY
First US English edition. , 5-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches, 376pp [8, ads], Rebacked with original spine relaid with publisher's dark green cloth with gilt stamped letters and small beaver at head of spine, boards with perimeter blind stamped, and new endpapers. Generally clean throughout with some very light tone on some pages and the occasional light foxing. Overall very good condition. illustrated with three black & white full page wood engraved plates (title page, and pages 48 & 88) by S.C.Avery. John Jacob Astor's attempt in 1811 to establish the first American settlement on the Pacific Coast.
Prepared in part to correct some aspects of Washingtom Irving's account of the Astorians, this edition in English was translated by Jedediah Vincent Huntington and appeared when the author was retired in Brooklyn. This is cited as the second edition, but in fact is the first American edition.
First edition in English, illustrated with three plates and enlarged from the original French edition. First published in French in 1820, Franchère's work was "the first printed account in book form of John Jacob Astor's attempt to establish the Pacific Fur Company post at the mouth of the Columbia River.
The author, a Canadian, was one of the party sent out by John Jacob Astor to establish his colony at Astoria and he describes the voyage up the Columbia.
"To this translation of the original work, the author contributed new material in the form of a Preface to the Second Edition, an additional chapter in which he alludes to the many changes that had occurred to the scenes which he had long ago visited and described, and an Appendix in which he gives an account of some of the persons who left Astoria before and after its transfer to the British" (Graff 1400).
"Most important source on the Astor adventure" (Howes F310).
Very Good. Item #1418