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.