Victoria, BC: Prescott Publishing Co, 1963. Hardcover. First Edition, First Printing. Includes 40 pages of illustrations and a bibliography, maps, and an index. Green cloth boars with gilt title to spine. Includes two typed, signed, laid-in letters from the author to Doubleday regarding publishing books. Occasional spots of soiling / smudge marks, but clean and bright overall. A few spots to covers and minor wear to corners and edges of boards. 557 pages. CAN/041520. Very Good.
Canadian and Polar History
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Montreal: Les Amis de l'Histoire, 1969. Hardcover. François-Xavier Garneau (1809 – 1866) was a nineteenth-century French Canadian notary, poet, civil servant and liberal who wrote a history between 1845-1848 of the French Canadian nation titled Histoire du Canada [Wikipedia]. A handsome set bound in red leatherette with a white maple leaf ornament on the front covers. Gilt titling to spine and gilt top edges. Black and white illustrations throughout and red ribbon bookmarks. Some of the white maple leaves have light soiling as does the fore-edge of Volume I, otherwise in very good condition. Volume I: 402 pages; Volume II: 344 pages; Volume III: 297 pages; Volume IV: 300 pages; Volume V: 296 pages; Volume VI: 350 pages; CANADA/072121. Very Good.
London: John Murray, 1838. Hardcover. Second edition of this interesting book first published in 1829. This edition has a new preface and an additional section at the end of the book titled Remarks on the North-Eastern Boundary Question. George Head (1782-1855) was an English commissariat officer who was stationed in Canada from 1814 until around 1820. In 1829 he published these Canadian reminiscences. His brother, Francis Bond Head was the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada during the rebellion of 1837. Bound in three quarter brown leather with red title label and marbled paper covers. The front board is present but detached. Binding is scuffed, scratched, bumped and rubbed. Book plate of R. U. Ruttan attached to front pasteown and an ownership signature on ffep. Interior pages are very good with the lightest aging to the margins. The two folding maps with hand colored borders are also in very good condition, although the second map has been repaired with archival tape along the verso of one fold, and there is a crease on one corner. A nice copy of this fairly scarce title. Small octavo. 363 + 56 pages. CANADA/031121. Very Good.
New York and Auburn: Miller, Orton, & Co., 1857. Hardcover. First Edition. Bound in the original brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed designs to both boards. Faded gilt illustration of a ship to spine. Chipping and fraying to book cloth along spine ends and corners. Lacks front free endpaper. Previous owners signature to second free endpaper, dating from the late 1800s. More modern blue pen marking to top of title page and top of front pastedown, which appear to be call numbers; however, this is the only evidence of an ex-library marking. Foxing, smudge marks, and occasional spots of soiling throughout - mostly to margins. Slight roll to spine and bumped corners. Includes two frontispieces as well as numerous full page engravings. 517 pages plus 5 pages of ads. ARC/010721. Very Good.