London. Charles Knight & Co., 1846.
A small volume, 6 x 4 inches, 226 pp., identified on the front cover as Volume LXXXIX in the series "Knight's Weekly Volume For All Readers." Illustrated frontispiece titled "Mouth of the Columbia River." Folding map showing "Russian Territory" to the north and California to the south. Also one page map showing Vancouver Island to the North and western part of Oregon Territory extending south to below the mouth of the Columbia River. Spine missing; covers detached and marred by residue of duct tape (!) repair. Binding loose, with 5 pages (free end paper through page 7) detached, as a unit. Contents, including frontispiece and maps, in remarkably good clean condition, in spite of the issues mentioned above. A most interesting volume, priced to reflect its distressed condition. Complete title, following that given above, is: "A Geographical and Physical Account of that Country and it Inhabitants, with outlines of its history and Discovery." In the chapter "Native Tribes" the author writes, succinctly, that "the trapper and hunter teaching the Indians the wants of civilization, open also a market for its luxuries, and with the introduction of artificial wants engraft the vices of civilization and their fruits on those of nature...." Item #53796