Place Published: Quebec
Publisher: Printed For The Proprietor By Neilson & Cowan
Date Published: 1834
Binding: Hard Cover
First edition. 4-1/2 x 7 1/8 inches. iv, 477pp. Original green cloth and paper label. Anonymous armorial bookplate (motto "Honi soit [qui] mal y pense" - "Shame on the one who sees something bad [or evil] in it.") on front end paper. Research indicates bookplate of Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery. Cloth with some soiling on the spine and corners worn, else a nice copy. Historical material on Quebec, with a guide to the city as it was at the time. The most interesting aspect of the work is the plates, lithographed by the early Canadian lithographer and publisher, Adolphus Bourne.
The plates show scenes in and around Quebec City, as follows, 14 plates in total (Complete as called for in the list of plates.):
1) View of Quebec from Beauport, 2) coat of arms Great Seal , and the title 3) Suffox Seal 4) Castle of St. Lewis, 5) Hope Gate, 6) Dalhousie Gate, 7) Officers Barracks, 8) St. John's Gate, 9) Prescott Gate, 10) St. Lewis Gate, 11) Palace Gate, 12) Parliament House, 13) Marine Hospital, 14) Quebec Harbour.
No map(s) is called for in the list of plates and is not present in this copy. Though one was printed by the publishers for the work, only a small percentage of copies of this book actually had the map(s) bound in of which this is not one.
With accounts of the discovery of America and the voyages of Cabot, Verazzano, Cartier and Champlain, the establishment of the various religious orders and institutions, the physical appearance of the city during the colonial period, its architecture, the sieges of Quebec in 1629, 1690, 1711, 1759, and 1775, &c.
Robert Auchmuty Sproule transferred from drawings by Alexander Jamieson Russel, W.S. Sewell and Captain Alderson to stone for lithographing; they were printed by Adolphus Bourne for Hawkins’s 1834 picture of Quebec; with historical recollections.
Very Good. Item #7778