Place Published: Quebec
Publisher: Societe Litteraire et Historique De Quebec, Impr. de W. Cowan et fils 1840 Imprimerie de Middleton & Dawson 1838
Date Published: 1840-38
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
IMPORTANT AND EARLY HISTORY OF QUEBEC FROM 1749 TO 1760
First edition. 2 volumes in one: 155pp. & 207pp. Text in French. Rebacked 3/4 calf, original marbled boards, new eps. Title in gilt on spine. Bottom corners lightly worn. Book condition: Very Good + Edition.
#1: Collection De Memoires et De Relations Sur L'Histoire Ancienne Du Canada, D'Apres Des Manuscrits Recemment obtenus des Archives et Bureaux Publics en France, Relation de ce qui s'est passé au siège de Québec, 155pp. 1840, Impr. de W. Cowan et fils. First edition. (various pagings), ii, 7, 14, 32, 36, 24, 8, 8, 29. Collection of eight reports or relations each one having their own pagination.
"The first three Memoirs are published according to the Manuscripts Lord Durham had obtained from the Archives of the Bureau of the Navy at Paris, at the moment when his lordship was on the point of leaving Europe, in 1838, to take charge of the Administration of the Government of the Canadas. Lord Durham, a few days after his arrival at Quebec, two Manuscripts, to a Society, leaving to his discretion to publish those Memoranda which it deems worthy of rendering public." quoted from the INTRODUCTION by Faribault.
#1: Collection De Memoires eight reports content titles:
1. Mémoire sur l’état présent du Canada, , 7 p.
2. Mémoire sur le Canada (1736), , 14 p.
3. Considérations sur l'état présent du Canada (1758), 29 p.
4. Histoire du Canada par M. l'abbé de Belmont, 36 p.
5. Relation du siège de Québec en 1759 par une religieuse de l'Hôpital Général de Québec, 24 p.
6. Jugement impartial sur les opérations militaires de la Campagne en Canada en 1759, 8 p.
7. Reflexions sommaires sur le commerce qui s'est fait en Canada, 8 p.
8. Histoire de Veau de vie en Canada, 29 p.
#2: Mémoires sur le Canada, depuis 1749 jusqu'à 1760. En trois parties; avec cartes et plans lithographiés. 207pp 1838, First edition. Imprimerie de Middleton & Dawson VII, , -207pp. , [3 appendice, corrections],. Includes 13 maps and plans (some very faded) including 7 folding plates. Half-title: Mémoires du s---- de C---- contenant l'histoire du Canada durant la guerre, et sous le gouvernement anglois. Quoted from Société littéraire et historique de Québec relating to these works: "Three volumes of Transactions were issued First in the years 1829, 1831, and 1837 respectively. In 1838 the first part of the series of Historical Documents appeared, called "Mémoires sur le Canada depuis 1749 jusqu'à 1760". This manuscript was communicated to the Society by Colonel Christie, the author was supposed to have been M. de Vauclain, a naval officer in the French service in 1759. The following remarkable circumstances concerning a copy of it, is thus related by Francis Parkman, the Historian: "The remarkable anonymous work printed by the Historical Society of Quebec under the title 'Mémoires sur le Canada depuis 1749 jusqu'à 1760, is full of curious matter concerning Bigot and his associates, which squares well with other evidence. A manuscript which seems to be the original draft of this valuable document was preserved at the Bastille, and, with other papers, was thrown into the street when that castle was destroyed. They were gathered up, and afterwards bought by a Russian named Dubrowski, who carried them to St. Petersburg. Lord Dufferin, when Minister there, procured a copy of the manuscript in question, which is now in the keeping of Abbé H. Verreau at Montreal, to whose kindness I owe the opportunity of examining it. In substance it differs little from the printed work, though the language and the arrangement often vary from it. The author, whoever he may have been, was deeply versed in Canadian affairs of the time, and though often caustic, is generally trust-worthy". It was reprinted by the Society in 1873. In 1840 the second part of this series was published called "Collection de mémoires et de " relations sur l'histoire ancienne..."
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