Place Published: Niagara,
Publisher: Printed at the "Mail" Office
Date Published: 1859
Binding: Hard Cover
First edition. 5-3/4 x 3-3/4 inches, pp. 178,  (Errata). Small 8vo, Original blind-stamped brown blind stamped cloth, gilt lettering on spine. The cover is soiled, spotted, crushed top spine and with bumped corners. New end papers. Title-page vignette. Includes the final leaf of errata and imprint.
Usual external soiling and modest wear, internal age spotting, overall a good copy. Despite mentioned defects, still a good copy of an interesting piece of early Canadiana.
Kirby was the Niagara customs collector and editor of the`Niagara Mail.' Kirby's first literary work, preceded by a pamphlet of political invective in 1849. A lengthy narrative poem about the United Empire Loyalists of Canada, and described by Morgan as "the most thoroughly distinctive poem we possess." Kirby went on to become one of the best known Canadian authors of the last half of the 19th century perhaps best remembered for his historical novel, The Golden Dog (Montreal, 1877). Along with "The Golden Dog," "The U. E." is considered his other principal "literary work of note." (ELC)
TPL 8731, Watters, page 105; Sabin 37962 (without the date).
Good. Item #1490