The Arundel series entitles Roberts to a distinctive place among historical novelists. They have the quality of recapturing a period, incidents, with a sense of eye witness. Now comes Northwest Passage, dealing with the time of the French-Indian wars, the terrible uncertainty of the English' relations with the Indians, with their own colonists on distant frontiers. Major Rogers is a little known figure, an Indian righter, known for his campaign with his Rangers against the St. Francis Indians, and later for his conflict of policy with Sir William Johnson which led ultimately to his court martial. Interwoven with this historical figure is that of the teller of the story, and artist, Towns by name, who might have made his fame in London, backed by Hogarth, but who chose to join forces with Rogers in his launching of the search for the Northwest Passage which ended -- for Rogers -- in defeat and disgrace. There are great moments -- episodes that rival anything in Drums Along The Mohawk -- there is a sense of discovery in the unravelling of the life and character of this extraordinary man -- there is adventure and romance and grand Americana. There is to be a limited two volume edition with an appendix volume containing the source material on the court martial -- both volumes signed -- to sell for $10.00.