The John Askin Papers, 1747-1820
Detroit: Detroit Library Commission, 1928-1931.
First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Two volumes, pp 657, 829, with illustrations, maps, fascimiles, in original binding of three-quarter black leather and tan cloth. Scuffing to extremities, frontispiece laid in loose in Volume II, else about fine. John Askin was a pominent fur trader and merchant who came to North America from Ireland with the British Army in 1758. After the British took over New France, he entered the fur trade and operated a trading post at Fort Michilimackinac. Later, he moved to Detroit, where he continued as a fur trader and was also involved in shipping and land speculation. These personal papers illustrate almost every aspect of life and times in the Old Northwest, including excellent documentation of the Great Lakes fur trade. Oversized; shipping cost will be more than standard for priority or international orders.