Narrative of the Canadian Red River Exploring Expedition of 1857 and of the Assinniboine and Saskatchewan Exploring Expedition of 1858
London: Longman, Greene, Longman and Roberts, 1860.
First Edition. Two volumes, pp. xx, 494 + publisher's ads; xvi, 472, with seven maps (two folding) and one folding profile -- all with hand coloring; 20 chromoxylographic plates; and many additional illustrations in the text. Later full leather with red spine labels, marbled endpapers. Scuffing to extremities, old restorations to half-title and title pages, one map with some foxing and splits at folds, some penciled annotations in the margins. Bindings sound, plates clean and bright. Hind's exploration of the country between Lake Superior and the Rocky Mountains was prompted by the need for a land access to the gold fields of British Columbia, as well as the possible establishment of a railway route to the Pacific Coast. His narrative provides a wealth of information about customs, beliefs, and condition of the native peoples. Sabin (31934) notes that he "lived almost constantly among the Crees and Chippeways, whose habits and peculiarities he was most eager to study, and prompt to record." Graff 1892; Streeter Sale 3730; TPL 3820; Wagner-Camp 360.