Place Published: Ottawa
Publisher: A. S. Woodburn printer and publisher
Date Published: 1885
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
UNCOMMON IN BLUE CLOTH COVERS
First edition. 6-3/4 x 10 inches. Fronts, ,[4 preface], IX, [plate 1], -288pp., including index, errata inserted at p.4.
Original dark blue cloth boards with gilt type and images embossed on spine and front cover. Original attractive green patterned end papers. Cover has very light stress to edges and corners, has light bumping on edges and corners, has some light stains on back and has light shelf wear. All foredges are gilded. Inside front and back cover have some light cracking near spine, though all pages are firmly attached. Pages are slightly age toned but are clean. Some of tissue paper covering has creases. Clean insides with tissue guards on all plates. Overall very good condition.
Frontis heliotype portrait of C.P. Traill, first edition, beautifully illustrated with nine chromo-lithographic plates, each with accompanying leaf of description (not included in pagination), and illustrated by her niece, Agnes Dunbar Fitzgibbon Chamberlain The book is divided, for greater convenience, into four parts;- "The Wild, Or Native Flowers"; "Flowering Shrubs"; "Forest Trees," and "Ferns."
Illustrated with Chromo-Lithographs from drawings by Mrs. Agnes Fitzgibbon Chamberlain
* Plate 1, Bloodroot (viii)
* Plate 2, Trailing Arbetus, Wood Daffodil (p.32)
* Plate 3, Painted Trillium, Wild Lily Of The Valley, (p.64)
* Fly-Flower--Flowering Winter-Green
* Plate 4, Wild Lupine, Marsh Marigold (p.96)
* Plate 5, False Foxglove, Lesser Foxglove (p.128)
* Plate 6, Pink Water-Lily (p.160)
* Plate 7, Bird's-Foot Orchis, Ram's-Head Orchis, Grass Pink, Round-Leaved Orchis, Arethusa (p.192)
* Plate 8, Scarlet Lobelia, Arrowhead (p.224)
* Plate 9, Large Evening-Primrose, Twin Flower (p.256)
C. P. Traill's writings spanned almost eighty years, beginning with Juvenile stories in the UK, Blind Highland Piper (c1818) to The Young Emigrant (1826] to books written in Canada, starting with The Backwoods of Canada (1836) to Cot and Cradle Stories (1895). The wringing in Canada was to provide additional income critical for her family to survive in the backwoods of her new country.
Very Good. Item #1249