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Travels through Canada, and the United States - LAMBERT, John - 1813. 
London. Printed for Cradock and Joy; and, Edinburgh,Doig and Stirling; and Dublin, M. Keene. 1813.. Hardcover. 8vo. 21.5cm,Second Edition, corrected and improved. in 2 volumes, xxxiv,544 &viii,532pp., with large engraved colour folding map, 1 engravedchart, and 16 colour aquatint plates, (The map, the chart of Quebecand the six costume plates are hand-coloured in full; the ten viewplates are in sepia), in contemporary half tan calf, gilt ruledraised bands, gilt device decorations & titles in the panels,marbled boards and endpapers, usual transfer on the plates, somewear on the edges and hinges (inner hinges sound), a very good tofine set with an important provenance. (cgc) Provenance: From thelibrary of Hon. L.R. Masson, with his name on the title page ofboth volumes, and small paper library number (788) at the top ofthe spine, on volume one. [Louis-Rodrigue Masson, lawyer, militiaofficer, politician, and office holder; b. 6Nov.1833 inTerrebonne, Lower Canada. He published Les bourgeois de laCompagnie du Nord-Ouest: rcits de voyages, lettres et rapportsindits relatifs au Nord-Ouest canadien (2v., Qubec, 1889 90),which includes an historical sketch and notes on the documentsreproduced. The work was reprinted in 1960 by the Antiquarian PressLimited of New York, no doubt because of the importance of theprimary materials it contains. Several archives hold materialsrelating to Masson. A detailed list of these repositories alongwith published sources, newspapers, and studies appears in theauthor's monograph Louis-Rodrigue Masson: un seigneur sans titres(Montral, 1985).a.d.] DCB. T.P.L. 6994. Lande 506. Sabin 38734.Howes L-40. Clark II-157. Gagnon I-1926. Abbey Travels II-613. Oneof the most important works on pre-Confederation Quebec and one ofthe very few aquatint books on Canada. Lambert came to Lower Canadain 1806, officially to assist in the encouragement of thecultivation of hemp in the province, with a view to freeing GreatBritain from dependence on the Northern European market, thenplaced in a precarious position by Napoleon's Berlin decree. Hisefforts in this direction failed, but he remained three years inNorth America, travelling from Quebec and Montreal to New York,South Carolina, Georgia, and Boston. His informal and highlyreadable account of his travels and observations provides muchvaluable and interesting information regarding social life,education, religion, the aboriginal population, politics,agriculture, trade, manufactures, and ship-building. The platesdepict Canadian period costume as well as views of Lower Quebec;Three Rivers, Montreal, Plymouth, Mass., General Burgoyne'sencampment at Saratoga, and a plan of the siege of Quebec. .
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