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 91782-1855) 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.
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London: Richard Bentley, 1849. Hardcover. First edition of this work, which remains one of the few first person accounts of the fur trade in the early 19th century. It is still considered a major source for historians. John McLean (c. 1799–1890) was a Scotsman who emigrated to British North America, where he became a fur-trapper, trader, explorer, grocer, banker, newspaperman, clerk, and author. He traveled by foot and canoe from the Atlantic to the Pacific and back, becoming one of the chief traders of the Hudson's Bay Company. He is also remembered as the first person of European descent to discover Churchill Falls on Canada's Churchill River and sometimes mistakenly credited as the first to cross the Labrador Peninsula [Wikipedia]. Bound in quarter brown leather with black pebbled leather covers. Brown leather is rubbed and chipped, covers have bumped corners. Free front endpapers in both volumes are loose as is the title page in volume II. Some raggedness to the fore edge of a few pages in each volume not affecting text. Bookplate of the Earl of Orrery affixed to front pastedown of each volume. Very good condition. Small octavo. Volume I: 308 pages; Volume II: 328 pages. Very Good.
London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1856. Hardcover. First Edition. An important and compelling history of the Red River Settlement by a Scotch immigrant who worked and traveled in this region and others for the Pacific Fur Company and the North West Company, later the Hudson Bay Company. Alexander Ross (1783-1856) emigrated to Upper Canada, present day Ontario, from Scotland about 1805. After several years in the Pacific Northwest, Ross subsequently moved to the Red River Colony, present-day Manitoba, where he served as Sheriff, Post master, and a member of the council. Ross published a number of books including the notable The Red River Settlement. Ross's work was the first complete history of the Red River Colony and its inhabitants, economy and development, and the trials and tribulations of this remote settlement. The Red River Colony, a key part of Manitoba's rich history, was a settlement on the Red and Assiniboine rivers whose boundaries crossed parts of what are now Manitoba and North Dakota. Founded in 1812 by Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk, the colony grew through times of extreme hardship into a multiracial society. It was the site of the Red River Resistance before reluctantly joining Canada as the province of Manitoba [Wikipedia]. Bound in three quarter green leather with green and orange marbled paper covers and marbled endpapers. Spine faded, joints somewhat tender, some bumping. Interior pages in very good condition with occasional brown spots and a few pages with tear to right margin not affecting text. Note in pencil at top of preface and beginning of chapter XX. Octavo. 416 pages. CANADA/031021. Very Good.
London: The Mining and Geographical Institute, [c. 1897]. Hardcover. Inscribed by the author: ""To Mother and Father/Best love from /your son Arthur E. I. Sola./Feb 1898." The book is also dedicated to his parents. First edition of this interesting work about mining for gold in the Klondyke region of northwest Canada. The author spent four years there and has much advice for would-be prospectors. He provides information on routes, mining regulations, methods of mining, occurrence of gold; advice on clothing, staking claims, the Indians, game, etc., and provides a narrative of his personal experiences. In addition to his practical tips and information Sola also cautions new prospectors of the difficulties involved and how much of the territory had already been mined. Bound in publishers original green cloth with three quarter leather spine and edges to covers. The gilt cover titling also includes a bright gilt vignette of a skeleton holding a bag of gold. Ex-library. Covers are worn, rubbed and bumped and appear to have had library stickers removed from front and back, leaving glue remnants. Call number written in white ink on front cover leather. Interior text pages and plates are clean with light aging to margins. With 26 plates and three maps. Plates include a photo of McGinty, the favorite dog of the camp! A solid copy of this scarce title in good plus condition. Small quarto. 102 pages including advertisements. CANADA/033121. Good +.
London: Richard Bentley, 1853. Hardcover. Samuel Strickland (1804-1867), born in England, was a Canadian landowner, Canada Company official, and author. At the encouragement of his sister Alice, he wrote Twenty-seven years in Canada West. "It is distinguished by the candour and practicality of its tone – as Strickland remarks in his preface, he had experienced “all the gradations of colonial experience” that a gentleman-farmer such as himself would be likely to find in Canada. Through optimistic argument Strickland attempts to persuade settlers of all degrees to settle in Canada, and to demonstrate to them that vigour and energy, willingness to adapt and, above all, to work hard, will bring them success. He writes in an eminently plain style, blending chronological factual data and anecdote, without emotional overtones, and with no romanticizing of his experiences" [Canadian Biography]. Ex-library affecting the three quarter leather binding, which has clear tape over the leather spine, and brown tape on the marbled paper covers along the the spine on the front covers. White tape along hinges in both volumes and relief library stamp on title page are the only other signs of being ex-library. Interior pages are clean and bright. Very good interior, binding only fair. Very Good.