Scenes and Adventures as a Soldier and Settler, during half a century
Place Published: Montreal
Publisher: John Lovell, St. Nicholas Street.
Date Published: 1866
Binding: Hard Cover
11.5cm x 17.5cm, (4-1/2 x 7 inches), xvii, poem, -299pp., Actual photograph of Mr. Moodie affixed in inside front page by publisher as frontispiece portrait. Original brown embossed cloth on front and back, with gilt type on front cover. Spine faded, no type printed and the top and bottom missing about 1/4". Boards are spotted front and back and corners bent and worn, shelf wear along bottom and top cloth mostly gone on one edge. Original end papers, no markings, clean. Previous owner's name neatly written and dated 1931 on contents page. Inside pages are very clean. Page 115 to 120 with outside page edge tear from it being "uncut" where the pages were joined in the manufacture. Overall condition is good. Published by subscription. A good complete copy of an 1866 book about Susanna Moodie’s husband, John W.D. Moodie.
Much of this book concerns South Africa, where the author spent ten adventurous years; a full account of this period had been published in London in 1835. In 1832 Moodie emigrated to Canada, where he spent the rest of his life. Several of the essays and sketches here were first published in a journal he published with his wife, Susanna Moodie, who is best remembered for her classic narrative of life in the Canadian wilderness, Roughing It in the Bush (1852).
"Major Moodie left South Africa in 1829 and settled in Canada in 1832. " The bulk of the work recounts his 10 years in South Africa. One chapter is devoted to Dunbar's service during the Napoleonic Wars.“ quoted from Mendelssohn: South African Bibliography, vol. 2, page 51.
Good. Item #1294