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The British Dominions in North America; or a Topographical and Statistical Description of the provinces of Lower and Upper Canada, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, the Islands of Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton. Including considerations on land granting and emigration. To which are annexed, statistical tables and tables of distances.

BOUCHETTE, Joseph 4to. 28cm, in 2 volumes, xxviii,498, & xii, 296,[viii]pp., with 31 maps, plans and plate views,(inc. 2 folding views), in half dark blue green morocco, gilt ruled raised bands, double crushed crimson morocco titles labels, pebbled dark blue green cloth boards, marbled endpapers and edges, generally cleaner than usual, very good to fine condition. (cgc) The plates: Of the 31 engraved plates, 10 have slight unobtrusive stain on the top margin, (one of these has some foxing on the verso), 3 are somewhat more noticeable (see pictures). Abbey Travel, 622. T.P.L. 1627. Lande 1594. Sabin 6848 & 6851. Gagnon I-527. Morgan p43. Waterston p51. Joseph Bouchette was Surveyor-General of Lower Canada from 1804 until his death in 1841. He was the nephew of the Surveyor-General for the Northern District of North America in the latter part of the 18th century; his son, Joseph Jr., became Surveyor-General of Canada. Bouchette worked studiously and travelled extensively over a period of fifteen years to produce the most accurate and important topographical works of his time on British North America. "Probably the most distinguished of the Bouchette family was Joseph Bouchette (1774-1841), Surveyor-General of Lower Canada and a nephew of the equally famous surveyor Samuel Holland. Joseph Bouchette's books have played an important part in the geography and topography of Canada, some of them were illustrated by himself and he was also a noted cartographer" . Spendlove pp85-85. The engraved plate views include By-Town Ottawa River & Union Bridge, Ottawa; Harbour at York; Goderich; Guelph; Niagara River; Monument to Wolfe and Montcalm, (the first and finest Obliques in America), 2 of Montreal (1 folding), 2 of Quebec, Falls of Montmorency; St. Maurice, Ste Hyacinthe; Chambly; .
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Hints to Emigrants; in a Series of Letters From Upper Canada. Illustrated with a Map and Plans.

BELL, William. 12mo, 19cm, The First Edition, v,236 p., with 2 folding town plans, WANTING the folding map, in the original brown linen backed paper over boards with printed paper label, label worn and faded, the boards are worn particularly on the edges, early linen repair on the front hinge, sowing is cracked in three places, text is relatively clean and uncut, with ms. notations on both sides on the rear free fly, with an illustrations (6x 8cm) "bear atop a pole." on the rear endpaper, with the pencil ms. note on the top of the board "58 Years Old". With the author's sons name on the title page, "George Bell, 106 St. George St. Toronto" - indicating that this was either Bell's Copy which pasted to his son or a copy he gave to his son. ~ In finely bound clamshell box, bound in quarter brown calf, gilt ruled and decorated raised bands with gilt decorated borders in the panels, crushed crimson morocco label, marbled boards, interior lined in black suede. (cgc) T,P.L. 1274. Lande 27. Waterston p40. Gagnon I:248. Morgan p26. Sabin 4483. HUB indicates only two auction records back to 1900. One of the rarest Canadian emigration guides. The author, Rev. William Bell, came to Canada in 1817, becoming one of the pioneer settlers in Perth, Upper Canada. Written in a series of letters under the running title: "Letters from Perth," Bell recounts his earliest years as a Methodist Minister and settler in Perth, providing along the way, the earliest descriptions of the wilderness that was the Bathurst District (modern day Carleton, Lanark and Renfrew counties), an area extending westward from the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers to the wilderness north and west of Big Rideau Lake. He also provides continuous information for the prospective emigrant, as well as useful statistics on the Province of Upper Canada as a whole. The last section of the book, pp. [209]-236, The Appendix. comprises letters from Perth by the Author's son, Andrew Bell. "Bell, Presbyterian minister at Perth, recounts the arduous trip from Quebec to Lanark County, and urges the development of new routes inland. Clergy reserves bother him, and so do the apathetic or antagonistic half-pay officers, who dispute his right to remain in his church. Bell offers excellent practical advice to potential emigrants". Waterson. Rev. William Bell, b. 1780 in Airdrie (Strathclyde), Scotland ~ d. 16 Aug. 1857 in Perth, Upper Canada. He had good reason to be proud of his family. A younger son, the Reverend George Bell, was a student of Alexander Gale and became one of the first alumni of Queen's College, Kingston, later serving as its registrar and librarian. DCB. Cf. The D.C.B. and Isabel Skelton. A man austere: William Bell, parson and pioneer. (Toronto, 1947). I know of only of two other copies; Monk Breton Books, Catalogue, The New World, 1984 & David Ewens, in 2008. No other standard listing located.
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Nova Scotia. George the Third, by the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth. To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting: .[printed Loyalist land grant].Given under the Great Seal of Our Province of Nova Scotia. Witness, Our Truly and Well-beloved John Parr, Esq; Our Captain-General, Governor, and Commander in Chief, in and over Our said Province, this Sixth Day of April, in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-six, and in the Twenty-sixth Year of Our Reign. J. Parr.

Land Grant. John Parr folio., 37x 23.5cm, [4]p., (p.3-4, blank), 1 sheet, laid paper, ms. docketted on the verso, starting tears on three folds, fore-edges frayed, very good copy, rare. WorldCat, 1 copy, Universit‚ de Montr‚al. Aurora, 1 or 2 copies. Not in Tremaine, T.P.L., or Dennis. This scarce example of early Nova Scotia printing was almost certainly executed by Anthony Henry, who was the government printer from 1770, and was later, in 1788, commissioned King's Printer. His only rival in Halifax, John Howe, is not known to have printed any government publications in the 1780's. This land grant lists all the Loyalists grants made in the Cape Negro River area of Shelburne County, with David Jeffries' name underlined in ink indicating that this was Jeffries' copy. The hand-written title on the blank leaf reads: "Grant to Jeffries of Lot 186 containing 100 acres on Cape Negro River. Argyle." Parr, John (1725-1791), governor of Nova Scotia, 1782-91, born in Dublin. . He joined the British Army and by 1771 he reached the rank of Lt.-Col. And in 1782 he was appointed governor of Nova Scotia. It was during his period of office that the Loyalist migration to Nova Scotia took place, and that New Brunswick was made a separate province; and Saint John, New Brunswick was first named Parrtown in his honour. His commission was changed in 1876, to that of lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia, instead of governor; and he was thus the last to hold the post of governor and commander-in-chief of Nova Scotia. . Wallace. D.C.B. Fleming & Alston. 487B. Early Canadian Printing, Supplement.
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EMPRESS OF BRITAIN. A collection of photographs, souvenirs and brochures from a five and a half month world cruise by the Canadian Pacific cruise ship “Empress of Britain”, the tenth annual cruise, 1932.

CANADIAN PACIFIC. The collection was assembled by Canadian traveller, Melvin Preston Harris, a professional photographer with Associated Screen News who also took his own photos of the trip. Two of these are of George Bernard Shaw who was also on the cruise (Shaw in Pompeii and the other taken during the Neptune Ceremony passing over the international date line). Four photos are of the Empress of Britain (one passing through the Panama Canal) as well as the ship's captain. Included is a photo of Hearn captioned "well known globe trotter". Ephemera of the trip includes a large well-illustrated booklet with map, itinerary and general information of the Canadian Pacific Tenth Annual World Cruise - "cruising on the world's most palatial cruise ship!". Leaving New York City on December 3, 1932 the itinerary included Gibraltar, France, Italy, Greece, Palestine, Egypt, India, Ceylon, Java, Malay States, Siam, Philippines, China, Japan, Hawaii, California, Panama Canal Zone, Cuba and back to New York. Also with a folio including a large number of colourful "memograms" or sketches produced daily on board giving a pictorial record of the journey around the world. And with very large folding apartment plan (well-used) of the ship showing the various decks and cabins.Mel (Mel) Preston Hearn, from Brantford, was employee of Associated Screen News based in Montreal and spent his summers in Banff as a photographer with the company. He joined the RCAF in November 1940 serving in Britain where he maintained cameras on the bomber wings, loaded and unloaded film and developed film to ascertain the effects of bomber action. His RCAF discharge form of 1945 is included in the collection. (N12)