The Naturalist in Vancouver Island and British Columbia Two Volumes

London: Richard Bentley, 1866. Hardcover. A detailed and comprehensive account by the author of his observations and findings while traveling in the Pacific Northwest. John Keast Lord (1818–1872) was an English veterinarian and traveller, known as a naturalist, journalist and author. When British Columbia was formed into a colony, after the gold discoveries on the Fraser River in western Canada in 1858, Lord was appointed naturalist to the commission which was sent out to run a boundary line along the 49th parallel north of latitude, separating the new colony from United States territory. He was for some time resident on Vancouver Island; the collection (mammals, birds, fishes, insects, and other) made by him went to the British Museum.His travels in northwest America and California were also reported in The naturalist in Vancouver Island and British Columbia, with interesting descriptions of animals and birds and a list of his zoological collections [ Dictionary of Canadian Biography]. The descriptions and narrative are interesting indeed. Lord writes of everything from skunks and their odor, the ogress legend, a horse fair, insect-catching birds, much about Indians, the octopus, taking a bath, the miners' ball, a tobacco substitute, and so much more. Lord had a colloquial and very readable style making this work still enjoyable today. In a once lovely full brown leather binding by Riviere and Son. Rubbed, scuffed, bumped, and worn, with spine of Volume I with a repaired tear and the front board of Volume II detached. Evidence of labels removed from front covers. Interior pages are brittle, and there are some tears and chipping, including to the title page of Volume II and its detached frontispiece. Frontis of Volume I is also detached and title page is missing. Despite this, the text is complete and quite legible. Date stamp "May 20 1909" on first page of each volume. Good minus condition. Octavos. Volume I: 358 pages; Volume II: 375 pages. TRAVEL/102121. Good.

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