Place Published: London
Publisher: Printed for Richard Phillips, no. 6, Bridge-Street, Blackfriars
Date Published: 1807
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
First edition, first printing. 8-1/2 x 11 inches. xii errata, [ 1]- 602pp.,  plate list & 9 ads. Likely early 20th century contemporary 3/4 brown leather and marbled paper boards. Leather spine with five bands, gilt type and for gilt decorations and slightly worn at corners and high points otherwise very good condition. Inside hinges reinforced. Scarce deckled (untrimmed) paper on edge and bottom with large margins, plates, sepia aquatints on heavier paper. Plates in very good condition. Offset from plates on text next to the plates as usual and very sporadic text page spotting. Previous owner's armorial bookplate on front end paper. As well a small old label "supplied by the Museum Book Store 45 Museum Street, London W.C.". Condition overall is very good. A very nice copy.
Provenance: Moncure Biddle (1882-1956), from the famous Philadelphia Biddle family, was an investment banker, a famous bibliophile, a connoisseur of editions of the classics and, by reputation, an eccentric.
Complete with all plates called for including 27 plates - 26 sepia aquatints (6 folding) & 1 line engraving of moose and a folding hand-coloured engraved map of the St. Lawrence.
The charming plates include: Views of Quebec taken from Port Levi (folding frontispiece); The Azores; View of St. Paul's Bay; Quebec from Cape Diamond; Quebec from Beauport; Falls of Montmorenci; Falls of Montmorenci in Winter; Falls of Chaudière; Falls of Niagara Birches Mills; Jeune Lorette; Falls of La Puce; Lower Falls of La Puce; Ruins of Château Richer; Lake St. Charles; River Etchemin; Bridge on the Jacques Cartier; Montreal from the Mountain; Cascades of the St. Lawrence; Fort of Niagara; Whirlpool of the Saint Lawrence; Falls of Niagara Fort Slausser Side; Grande Chaudière on the Outaouais River; La Dance Ronde dancing(folding); Minuets of the Canadians,(folding); Encampment of the Domiciled Indians, (folding); Costume of the Domiciled Indians,(folding); Moose Deer; engraved map of the St. Lawrence (folding)
Includes a printing of Father Rasle's vocabulary of the Algonquian language.
Containing a description of the picturesque scenery on some of the rivers and lakes; with an account of the productions, commerce, and inhabitants of those provinces. To which is subjoined a comparative view of the manners and customs of several of the Indian nations of North and South America Illustrated with a map and numerous engravings, from drawings made at the several places by the author.
'the earliest and the most important aquatint book published on Canada'. Sabin 31489.
"Illustrated books on North America are curiously few in the period with which we deal. By far the most interesting is Heriot's Travels Through The Canadas." - Prideaux, p.254-55
This book is on consignment with LDRB
Very Good. Item #7478