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London Correspondence Inward from Sir George Simpson 1841-42
Author: Simpson, Sir George
Reference #: 1735
Status: For Sale
List Price: $55.00
London, England, 1973; printed by Robert MacLehose & Company, Glasgow. Numbered Limited edition 1,081. Pp. [lviii] + 212 + xvii. Black cloth with gilt crest of HBC on front cover; gilt titles to spine. Three fold-out maps, frontispiece and index. Edited and with a Preface by Glyndwr Williams, with an Introduction by John S. Galbraith.
From the Preface: “The decision to publish Sir George Simpson’s letters to the Governor and Committee in London during his journey around the world in 1841 and 1842 needs little explanation. These report reveal Simpson, in effect the Company’s overseas Governor since 1826, at the height of his considerable powers, observing, rearranging and inexorably supervising the trading operations of the Company from the King’s Posts in the east to the Pacific coast and the SNDWICH Islands far to the west. As Professor Galbraith points out in his Introduction, more than twenty years’ experience in the fur trade enable Simpson to view the continued affairs of the Hudson’s Bay Company with unrivalled knowledge, and his letters provide a unique and authoritative commentary on the Company’s North American and Pacific operations at a time when its trading area was reaching its farthest extent.”
These letters, then, coincide with Simpson’s trans-continental journey, followed by a journey around the world. Prior to this, he was a key player in the union of the Hudson’s Bay and North West companies (1821).
Condition: There are two perpendicular and parallel light folds on the front free endpaper, likely incurred during the binding process, Else a Fine copy in Fine, somewhat uncommon dustjacket.
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