Sketches of Lower Canada, Historical and Descriptive; with the Author's Recollections of the Soil, and Aspect; the Morals, Habits, and Religious Institutions, of That Isolated Country; During a Tour to Quebec, in the Month of July, 1817
Publisher: Printed for Kirk & Mercein
Place: New York
301+xvi pages. Duodemo (7 1/4" x 4 1/4") bound in full leather with black label and gilt stamping to spine. [Sabin: 76706] First edition.
Written by an American from Philadelphia who has nothing good to say about either the French or the British; the editor, for his part, has little good to say about the author. "The Editor of this London Journal has preferred to allow Mr. Sansom to speak for himself in his own words.. that, as a specimen of Americanisms, used by a man of good education, the work would be a greater curiosity to those English readers, who are not aware of the deterioration which the language has suffered in the United States." The second edition, published in Britain, deletes anti-British chapters and Sansom's enumeration of "palpably erroneous reports" by Bouchette and others.
Stamps to title page with head corner repaired, damp staining to head margins, new end papers, lacking frontispiece portrait. Rebound in leather with gilt stamping to spine and black label in gilt lettering. Over all a very nice copy.
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