JOHN LAMBERT (b. c. 1755)
Travels through Lower Canada, and the United States of North America, in the Years 1806, 1807, and 1808. London: Richard Phillips, 1810. 3 volumes, 8º (222 x 133mm). 16 aquatint plates after Lambert, 8 sepia-tinted and 8 hand-coloured, folding engraved map of the United States, and hand-coloured map of Quebec. (Map of the U.S.A. affected by several clean but deep tears, some offsetting onto plates, frontispiece and title to vol. I slightly affected by damp, E2 of same vol. with large section of margin cut away, browning, spotting and staining in vols. I-II, other marginal tears and rough edges, some soiling in vol. III.) Blue half calf and mottled boards, c. 1900 (rubbed).
FIRST EDITION of this highly successful account of Lower Canada. Lambert ‘studied both towns and countryside, estimated the size of the population, and compiled a mass of data, backed with tables, on such facets of the economy as agriculture, industry, retail trade, the fur trade, exports, imports, money, and many other elements … He described the Indians’ way of life and their decline, divided the population of the towns and countryside into social classes, and with numerous anecdotes recounted the ways and customs of the habitants and the town-dwellers’. His illustrations for the work, in slightly naïve but nevertheless striking manner, depict ‘some of the places visited, objects of everyday use, and the clothing worn by women, priests, soldiers, seminary students, and Indians’ (Jacqueline Roy in DCB). Howes L-40; Staton & Tremaine/TPL 830 (without map); Sabin 38734.