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History of the Viceroyalty of Buenos Ayres; Containing the Most Accurate Details Relative to the Topography, History, Commerce, Population, Government, &c., &c., Of That Valuable Colony
London: Printed for H.D. Symonds, 1807. Half dark green calf and dark grey pebbled cloth, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, pp. [iv], 576; 7 plates: 2 folding maps, 1 plan, 2 black & white plates, 2 hand-coloured plates. A touch of offsetting around the plates and occasionally within the text, top outer corner (5 cm x 1 cm) of title-page snipped away (probably the removal of a name), a number written in blue pencil to title-page, otherwise a very good plus copy. "Wilcocke, son of an English minister, eventually emigrated to Canada, where he spent most of the rest of his life. He was a controversial figure. He had to flee Canada for the United States, from which he was forcibly abducted by agents of the Northwest Company, who returned him to Canada, where he was imprisoned. U.S. indignation over his kidnapping eventually resulted in his release. One of his most notable achievements was the founding of the newspaper entitled The Scribbler, which he initiated while still in prison in Montreal. Unfortunately, the increasingly vitriolic tone of the paper landed him in hot water again, and once more he fled to the United States. He was also a translator from Dutch and German, a polemicist, a poet, and a dramatist. Ironically, the year he died, he published a play entitled The Triumph of Intrigue." See Frances G. Halpenny, Dictionary of Canadian Biography (University of Toronto Press, 1966). This work is considered an early classic text on the area, its politics, society, government, and populace.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good +. Octavo.
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