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GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY OF LOWER CANADA

GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY OF LOWER CANADA, DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS

Thompson, Zadock 10mo., 116 pages; Fair; in original publisher's quarter brown leather, blue paper boards, front cover has reprint of title page within a frame; rear cover missing fore half, front cover with chipping and wear to all edges, spine chipped to head and tail; some fingerprint smudges to interior; lacking map; page 57 has a small newspaper clipping, detailing the 1891 Census, pasted above the lesson on population; extremely scarce Lower Canadian Imprint; shelved case 3. The Province of Lower Canada was a British colony on the lower Saint Lawrence River and the shores of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence (1791-1841). It covered the southern portion of the current Province of Quebec and the Labrador region of the current Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The colony/province was abolished in 1841 when it and adjacent Upper Canada were united into the Province of Canada.; "Thompson's Lower Canada was a curiously uneven book. The first seventy-six pages, devoted to geography, were very elementary, with brief lessons illustrating different aspects of Canadian geography and institutions. Thompson displayed a decided pro-British bias and referred to the majority of French Canadians as "generally illiterate and ignorant." The forty thin pages of history in Lower Canada hardly merited the title. Thompson simply reduced the first section of his 'History of the State of Vermont' and adapted it for the Canadian text. He did not even try to fill in with details of Canadian history, but instead spliced together any sections from hiss Vermont work which pertained to Canada. As a result his broken narrative went to 1776 and the failure of the American invasion and then skipped over three decades to a one-sided view of the was of 1812 with which he closed the book. [Graffagnino, K. "Zadock Thompson and The Story of Vermont." Vermont History 47.4 (1979): 244-245]. Shelved Dupont Bookstore.
JOHNSON'S NEW ILLUSTRATED (STEEL PLATE) FAMILY ATLAS

JOHNSON’S NEW ILLUSTRATED (STEEL PLATE) FAMILY ATLAS, WITH DESCRIPTIONS, GEOGRAPHICAL, STATISTICAL, AND HISTORICAL

Johnson, A.J. Folio, 99 pages, 64 lithographed maps; G; bound in original publisher's three-quarters calf with embossed green cloth covers, titling in gilt on front cover and spine, marbled endpapers; front gutter partially open; most maps with light foxing; hand-colored plates; shelved above case 3. This is the "late 1862" edition. It is highlighted by the short-lived New Military Map of the United States that illustrates the states and territories instead of the military districts. Other maps of interest include Georgetown and the City of Washington, a map of the plains territories, a map of the Pacific Northwest, and a beautifully engraved frontispiece. This atlas also contains several thematic maps and diagrams interspersed throughout the text. Many of the maps include vignettes showing important buildings and vivid scenes.; In the map of the Southwest, "Arrizona" shows up in the southern part of New Mexico Territory. This is thought to represent the Confederate Territory of Arizona that existed for nearly a year from August 1861 until July of 1862. The Confederate General Baylor appointed himself the territorial governor and claimed all of New Mexico Territory south of the 34th parallel. In the southern part of Arizona is the "Gadsden Ten Million Purchase of Mexico." The Utah/Nevada border follows the 116th meridian. The map is filled with historic and interesting notations. Additional details include the U.S. Mail routes, the Emigrant road to California, the proposed railroad route through Utah, Nevada and California, and the Pony Express trail. The map of the Northwest shows the large Washington Territory wrapping around Oregon, taking in the region that would eventually become Idaho. The map of the plains region includes the newly organized Dakota Territory and Nebraska with its panhandle stretching west to the Rocky Mountains.; The historical map of Ancient Greece and Rome is listed, but not present, apparently as issued.; Shelved Dupont Bookstore.