THOMPSON, David). HOPWOOD, Victor G. (ed.) HOPWOOD, Victor G.
Title: Travels in Western North America, 1784-1812. First Edition in dustjacket
Publisher:  Macmillan of Canada, Toronto, 1971,
Seller ID: 27555
(THOMPSON, David). HOPWOOD, Victor G., (ed.). Travels in Western North America, 1784-1812. Edited by Victor G. Hopwood. Toronto : Macmillan of Canada,(1971). First Edition. Pp (10),1-342 including 18-page maps section ((7 do uble-page, most with routes outlined in red)). 8vo (148 x 221 mm), blue (black speckled) cloth, with gilt lettering to spine. Whiteman, et al, Bibliography of Macmillan of Canada Imprints 2129. Victor George Hopwood (b. 1918,Vancouver - d. December 16, 2017) taught at UBC from 1957 to 1984. David T hompson (b. April 30, 1770, London – d. February 10, 1857, Longueuil, Quebec). "David Thompson was undoubtedly one of Canada's greatest explorers and mapmakers. But he was also one of the finest travel writers of his age. Thompson's own account of his years in the Canadian West was still incomplete when he died in 1857; it was not published until 1916 and then only in a limited edition. Victor Hopwood has skilfully selected the key sections from Thompson's great narrative and, blending with them passages from the voluminous journals and reports, has produced the first modern edition of the work for general readers. David Thompson landed in Canada at Churchill Factoryon Hudson Bay in 1784, a boy of fourteen apprenticed as a clek in the fur trade. From that time until he left the West in 1812, his account is one ofcompelling eloquence and authority. No one will ever tell better than he d id himself the story of his adventures in the 55,000 miles he travelled during the twenty-eight years of exploring and surveying in which he compiled at first hand the material for his great maps of western North America. Thompson's explorations were begun while he was with the Hudson's Bay Company,but his most important work was done with the North West Company in 1797. In the next fifteen years Thompson carried out a great series of surveys and explorations reaching to Sault Ste. Marie, to the sources of the Mississippi, to the upper Missouri, to northeastern British Columbia, and finally to the west side of the Rockies, including the northeastern tributaries of the Columbia and the great river itself from its headwaters to its estuary on the Pacific. To complement his careful choice of text, Victor Hopwood's Introduction details Thompson's accomplishments as a scientific explorer, geographer, and naturalist, as well as providing a careful analysis of his skill as a writer, a skill that fully supports the conclusion that Thompson'snarrative is one of the world's great travel books." - from the jacket. In troduction; 1. Life on Hudson's Bay,1784-1786; 2. The Saskatchewan and the Bow, 1786-1790; 3. Life with the Nahathaways, 1792-1793, 1794- 1796, 1804-1806; 4. Explorations to Lake Athabasca, 1795-1797; 5. Astronomer to the North West Company, 1797-1798; 6. Plains and Foothill Indians, 1787-1788, 1800-1801, 1806-1812; 7. Probing the Passes of the Rockies, 1800-1801; 8. Exploring the Upper Columbia, 1807-1810; 9. Journey to the Pacific, 1810-1811; 10. Final Explorations in the West, 1811-1812; Appendix: David Thompson's Later Life. With Chronology and index. Very good in lightly edgeworn dustjacket. 150.00