"The Most Complete Description of British America Which Has Ever Been Published"George Heriot. Travels Through The Canadas, 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. London: Richard Phillips, 1807.
First edition. Quarto. xii, 602 pages. Complete with all 27 aquatint engravings and a large fold-out map of Canada in contemporary color. Antique-style full speckled calf with gilt rolled borders to covers, spine richly gilt in compartments and with red and green morocco gilt lettering labels. Some offsetting from plates to text. A very handsome copy.
"The Scotsman Heriot was postmaster-general of British North America (Upper Canada) from 1799 to 1816. He took his orders directly from London, so there was usually friction with the colonial governors. Heriot devoted himself a good deal to travels in the western parts of Canada and the U.S. It is impossible to tell just where he traveled, as his personal narrative is merged with other accounts. However, all are of interest, and his book has a wealth of details and is full of information on the fur trade, voyages to the north, Indians of the North and West, Eskimos, and the cod fishery. One authority called this book 'the most complete description of British America which has ever been published.' Heriot was an accomplished artist and sketched Indians and scenery all over the West. The many fine illustrations in this volumes are taken from his own work. Indeed, this is the earliest and most important aquatint book published on Canada. The second part of this book is a scholarly study of the Indians of both North and South America, Heriot has access to the documents and books at the fine library of the Jesuits at Quebec, which he has used to publish a history of Canada in 1804. He made use of these unique materials to compile an in-depth study of Indian governments, customs, religions, linguistics, and agriculture" (Hill 801).
Presentation inscription on the front blank; "Roland Hodgson, 7 March, 1810. Presented by Henry Tudor. Purchased at my late worthy Brother-in-Law's sale, the 3rd March, 1837. H. T." Henry Tudor was the author of Narrative of a Tour in North America (London, 1834); that book was dedicated to Roland Hodgson.
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