Seattle, WA: 1958.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 13.75" x 8.25", 151 pp, bound in green buckram with gilt spine lettering. Mimeographed typescript, with text on rectos only. Boards lightly scuffed, previous owner's ink stamp on front cover and pastedown; very good. Reproduces the text of two of Campbell's journals then in private hands. Robert Campbell (1808-1894) was a Hudson's Bay Company fur trader and explorer. "He explored a large part of the southern Yukon and northern British Columbia. He established the short-lived Dease Lake Post, and in 1838 he was the first European to reach the Stikine River overland. He established Fort Frances, Yukon on Frances Lake in the Liard River basin. In 1840 he crossed from Frances Lake to the Pelly River becoming the first European to explore the upper Yukon River Basin. He established Fort Selkirk, Yukon, at the juncture of the Yukon River and the Pelly River" (wiki). As described in Todd's Introduction, "These remarkable journals covering Robert Campbell's many activities in the fur trade in the employ of the Hudson Bay Company, across its most important years, are of inestimable historical value....The activities and distances covered over some of the ruggedest country in North America, under the most difficult conditions and weather imaginable, are almost impossible to believe. These journals...were recorded by a man of excellent character who was also a fine observer."