London: Colburn and Co., 1852. Hardcover. A scarce copy of this engaging account of the expedition under the command of Captain Austin that sailed from the Thames on May 4, 1850 in search of Sir John Franklin and his missing men. Franklin's ill fated 1845 voyage was in search of the elusive Northwest Passage, and ultimately he and his crew did not survive. Captain Austin's expedition comprising four ships became locked in ice in the Arctic waters for eleven months, finally arriving back in England in October. This work is not a narrative of that expedition nor an actual journal. It is a fascinating and sometimes humorous collection of articles written by the officers and men for an onboard monthly newsletter called the "Aurora Borealis." The articles are described in the preface as possessing a "delicacy of imagination and a power of perception." The newspaper was one of many expedition resources used during the trip to provide both employment and amusement. There was a reading room and classes, a theater, periods of exercise and games, and more. Bound in contemporary three quarter brown leather with brown and cream marbled boards. Leather is chipped and scraped, and bottom of spine is darkened and abraded. Marbled endpapers with small chip to front and scrape and partially cracked rear hinge. Title page and verso are chipped and have book stamp of Headlee's Book Exchange. Nice color frontispiece, b&w title page vignette, and a few text engravings. Interior pages are clean with light aging to margins. Despite flaws still a desirable copy. POLAR/050321. Very Good.
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Montreal: Lovell et Gibson, 1848. Hardcover. First edition. This volume presents biographical portraits of the important Sachem and Sagamore Indian chiefs among the Algonquians or other Native American tribes of North America of the time. The book includes an index to the mythological history of the continent. The author, François-Maximilien Bibaud (1823 – 1887) was a Canadian lawyer, professor of law, and extensive chronicler. He was born in Montreal, Quebec. His research and historical publications are just as important as his legal writings. These historical works, primarily encyclopedic, chronological, and biographical, represent an original contribution because of the attention that some of them give to the Indians. Bibaud was a knowledgeable bibliographer with a preoccupation for the great names; his works are considered landmarks in the history of intellectual development in French Canada. This work by him is considered to have greatly contributed to an understanding of Canadian history [Dictionary of Canadian Biography]. Bound in three quarter red leather with marbled paper boards and endpapers. Leather is rubbed, scuffed, and lightly bumped. Paper boards are scuffed. Interior pages are generally clean and bright with some darkening to fore-edge. Very good condition. Octavo. 309 pages plus errata slip affixed to rear free endpaper. NATIVEAM/050521. Very Good.
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.
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.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1860. Hardcover. First American edition. This classic book is about Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition that was one of many to search for the elusive Northwest Passage, a sea route through the Arctic connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Franklin’s two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, became trapped in sea ice and were abandoned in 1848. None of the 129 man crew survived, and the ships were believed to be lost. This is an account of one of numerous expeditions to search for Franklin’s ships and crew. The well-preserved wreckage of HMS Erebus was found on September 7, 2014. Bound in original brown cloth with gilt illustration of ship to front cover and gilt titling to spine. Spotting, wear, and bumping. Slightly cocked. Interior pages generally clean with light aging to margins. Very good. Includes two fold-out maps, fold-out facsimile of report on missing ships, and some black and white illustrations. Measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches. 375 pages. 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.