Place Published: London
Publisher: Printed for Richard Phillips
Date Published: 1807
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
SCARCE OLDER HAND-COLOURED EDITION WITH VERY ATTRACTIVE PLATES.
First edition. 8-1/4 x 10-18 inches. xii, -602 p.,1 l., Old reback with worn leather spines and black label with gilt type. Contemporary boards preserved however, greatly scuffed. Cracked cover along right spine. Usual off setting from plates to facing text pages, 2 inch tear on bottom left border, otherwise, very good condition. Complete with all 28 plates as called for including; 1 hand coloured folding frontispiece, 26 nice older hand coloured plates (5 folding), plus 1 hand coloured folding map. Hand-coloured plates all very striking and attractive. Stored in a brown slip case.
Full title: Travels Through the Canadas, Containing a Description of the Picturesque Scenery of 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
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.
Heriot's position as deputy post-master general of British North America, from 1800 to 1816, required that he travel extensively throughout the Canadas.
Scarce hand coloured issue and one of the first important aquatint view books on Canada of this travel classic. "The earliest and the most important aquatint book published on Canada" (Hill)... "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.... interesting for its aquatints..." [Prideaux, Aquatint Engravings. pp254-55].
TPL 805 with coloured plates.Cf. Sabin 31489. Cf. Lande 433.Cf. Dionne 934. Cf. Field 687. Cf. Streeter 3658. Cf. Gagnon I;1657 (all for uncoloured copies).
Very Good. Item #7640