Place Published: [Brockville, ON].
Publisher: [publisher not identified]
Date Published: 1842
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
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First edition. , -182 pp., 5 x 8-1/4 inches. Original worn quarter leather binding with worn marbled boards, corners bumped, small piece missing from the top of the spine, an ex-library copy in good condition nonetheless. Name of previous owner written on the title page. First edition and only volume published. According to Casselman and Morley, this was only the third book to be copyrighted in the province of Canada. First published in the New Era or Canadian chronicle, v.2, no. 1-15, Mar.2-July 22, 1842.
An important work for the history of the War of 1812 from a Canadian viewpoint, especially the siege of Detroit and the war in the northwest. Richardson, a participant in many of the events described, enlisted when he was only fifteen; he fought in the campaigns of 1812-13 and was captured by the Americans and imprisoned in Kentucky. He wrote this history to counteract the biased accounts of American historians.
TPL 1006; Lande 755; Watters, p. 408; Morley 75, variant state with the extra leaf about copyright.
Major John Richardson was a Canadian army officer, author, newspaperman, and office holder, Richardson was raised on the Niagara frontier, served in the British Army, and became a prolific and popular writer. He was a child soldier in the military campaigns of 1812-13. Richardson was a prisoner in the United States during 1814. Retired on half pay in 1818 in London England, he published the epic poem Tecumseh and celebrated historical 1832 novel Wacousta which established his literary reputation. Richardson intended to complete his narrative on the War of 1812 by publishing further volumes on the Centre and Left Divisions. The history of the war was to be written in three series but was not completed. He abandoned the project when he found that there was little demand for his work.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.
Good. Item #8602