Place Published: Guernsey
Publisher: printed and published by Stephen Barbet
Date Published: 1835
Edition: 1st, 2nd issue
Binding: Hard Cover
RARE GUERNSEY FIRST EDITION INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR TO RELATIVE
First edition, second issue. 5-1/2 x 8-3/4 inches. pp. 2 p.l., [vii]-xii, 234. with half-title. 3 lithographed plates (incl. frontis). Presentation copy signed from editor, F.B. Tupper, on the half-title page plus a printed note death notice loosely inserted in front endpapers with handwritten date (probably F.B.Tupper).
Original green pebbled cloth, printed paper label (minor wear at top of spine, label discolored). Scattered light foxing, otherwise, very good condition.
A superb association copy in original condition inscribed on the half-title, "Tupper Carey, Esq., with the editor's best regards, Guernsey, 7 April, 1837." Tupper Carey (1788-1867) was the third son of Isaac Carey and Marguerite Carey (née Tupper) and the husband of Anne Carey (née Le Mesurier). He had a long a distinguished military career serving during the Peninsula wars and appointed to Deputy Commissary-General. The Brock, Tupper and Carey Guernsey families are related via various marriages over many years.
As first issued, this book contained 218 pp. only. This first edition, second issue. copy contains the very scarce supplementary section printed in 1836 (pp. 219-234), with a sketch of William Le Mesurier Tupper, who served with the British Legion in Spain and was mortally wounded at St. Sebastian on May 5, 1836. Howes T415 (not noting the supplement); Sabin 97449; TPL 5064. Lande 849
The biography of a major figure in the War of 1812, General Isaac Brock by his nephew, Ferdinand Brock Tupper along with accounts of the military careers of various other members of his family. Isaac Brock began his military career in the early 1790's when he served in Jamaica and Barbados, before moving on to several posts in Europe. In 1802 he went to Canada as a lieutenant-colonel, and he quickly distinguished himself by single-handedly suppressing a dangerous conspiracy among deserters from a detachment at Fort George, the ringleaders of which were executed at Quebec in 1804. In 1810 he was named lieutenant governor of Upper Canada. "Here his energetic example, the confidence reposed in him by the inhabitants, and the ascendancy he possessed over the Indian tribes at that time under the leadership of the famous Shawnee warrior Tecumseh, proved of the highest value." -- DNB. In 1811 Brock was raised to the rank of major-general, and the following year, upon the outbreak of war with the United States, he was instrumental in the capture of Detroit from General Hull. Brock was mortally wounded in the course of winning the Battle of Queenstown, and he died on October 13, 1812.
Very Good. Item #1485