Place Published: New York
Publisher: George P. Putnam, 10 Park Place.
Date Published: 1852
Edition: 1st, 1st issue
Binding: Hard Cover
First US Edition, first issue. Two Volumes; 18.5cm x 13cm, (5" x 7 1/4") There are no half-titles.
Volume 1;  blank, in two parts, part 1, title page with cabin vignette by Richardson-Cox of three pioneers standing around a cooking pot in front of a log cabin, and on verso of title page dedication to Agnes Strickland, vi,  contents, -211pp. [1 blank] With a Preface to the American Edition, dated New York, June, 1852, followed by the original Advertisement to the London Edition, dated London, January 22, 1852.
Original brown boards, spine faded. Tender joints but still in tact. Cover wrinkled around edges and corners bumped. Light foxing to pages.
Volume 2;  blank, in two parts, part 2, title page with with boat vignette by Richardson-Cox engraving of a hatted figure sailing on a Canadian lake, and on verso of title page blank,  contents, -p224 with colophon; Stereotyped by Billin & Brothers, No.20 North William-street,  blank. Original brown boards, spine faded. Cover Some foxing to pages. Page 59 on bottom right missing a 1.5 half circle piece of paper affecting last three lines of type.
Overall condition of these 2 volumes is fair.
According to the Preface, several small poems by Mrs. Moodie and her husband were excluded from the American edition because "they rather retarded the flow of the narrative." However, her husband’s poem Oh, Let Me Sleep and Susanna Moodie’s The Sleigh-Bells are included at the end of Volume I and the Susanna Moodie’s Maple Tree at the end of Vol. 2.
This is a copy from the first American printing (the British edition came out earlier the same year) of English-born Canadian author Susanna Moodie's famous pioneer memoir, which has been reprinted to this very day. Humorously but honestly, Moodie recounts the journeys of her and her husband from Grosse Isle near Montreal, to their eventual home in a rural (and at the time of the book, still a very wild) area of Upper Canada. Moodie is still remembered as one of the most renowned Canadian authors of the period immediately before Confederation.
"Roughing It in the Bush, became a best seller in both England and the United States. One of the characters in the book was called Little Addie and Mrs. Moodie based it on her daughter Agnes." from Toronto Star, Dec26,1981 article
Fair. Item #452