Five Years' Residence in the Canadas: Including A Tour through Part of The United States of America, in the year 1823
TALBOT, Edward Allen
Talbot arrived in Canada at the age of 23 in 1818 and settled in Middlesex County. His text is written in the form of 37 letters, describing his journey from Ireland to Upper Canada, and giving his impressions of the new country. He provides much information about flora and fauna as well as the manners and customs of the various people with whom he comes in contact. But Talbot views Upper Canada more harshly than many other early writers, complaining of everything from mosquitoes and blackflies (Vol. I pp. 240-244) to the settlers' lack of hospitality (Vol. II, pp. 62-65). His text ends with his trip to the United States in 1823 and a brief Appendix about the American Indians. Talbot himself left Canada as a bankrupt when the Rebellion of 1837 broke out and died in a poor house in New York State. 16 pages of publisher's advertising at the front of vol. I. TPL 1299. Lande 824. Watters 986.
Publisher: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green
Edition: First Edition
Date Published: 1824
Place Published: London
Condition: Very good +
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: 2 vols.: 16, , xvi, 419; vii, , 9-400 p. 24 cm. Lithographed frontispiece in each volume. 2-page township plan in vol. II. Rebound in half leather with marbled boards, new endpapers. Moderate foxing throughout with more to first pages. Old tape repairs to first page of publisher's ads. Chipped top corner in vol. I, p. 225 and small chip and tear at top of first page of text vol. II.