Travels through the Canadas
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Travels through the Canadas

GEORGE HERIOT, 1807

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Travels through the Canadas
George Heriot, 1807
HERIOT, George (1766-1844). Travels though the Canadas. London: for Richard Phillips, 1807.

First edition of "the earliest and most important aquatint book published on Canada," with colored plates in a contemporary binding (Hill). As postmaster-general of British North America from 1799 to 1816, Heriot devoted himself to travel into the western parts of Canada and the United States. He describes the fur trade, his voyages to the North, and cod fishery, and devotes the second part of the text to a scholarly study of the Native peoples of the Americas, including Father Rasles's vocabulary of the Algonquin languages. An accomplished artist, the fine illustrations are all taken from Heriot's own work. Hill 801; Sabin 31489; Streeter sale 3658 (also colored); Abbey Travel 618 (plates only); see Prideaux, Aquatint Engraving, pp. 254-255.

Quarto (264 x 206mm). 4 leaves of ads at end. Hand-colored folding aquatint view of Quebec as frontispiece, hand-colored folding map, and 26 hand-colored plates, 5 of which folding (lightly toned with some offsetting from plates and occasional spots, p. 237⁄8 with neatly repaired tear affecting printed area). Contemporary mottled calf (rebacked preserving original spine panel and endpapers). Provenance: "WAH" (bookplate).

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