Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada, Two Volumes Bound in One


Jameson, Anna Brownell (1794-1860)

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Jameson, Anna Brownell (1794-1860). Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada, Two Volumes Bound in One [Title on the spine: “Jameson’s Northern Sketches”]. New York: Wiley & Putnam, N.D. [Circa 1839]. First American Edition. pp. viii, 341; iv, 339. 12mo., measuring 5″ x 7.25″. Original three-quarters forest-green leather over marbled boards, four raised bands to spine, five compartments, gilt lettering to the spine, speckled red foredges. Light edgewear and scuffing to the leather extremities, small abrasion to the front pastedown, faint foxing throughout (unaffecting legibility of the text), else, clean and unmarked with firm, sound binding. Overall, very good. Originally published in London in 1838 by Saunders and Ottley, our offering is the First American edition published in 1839. Correspond to OCLC #35809358. Very Good. Leather Bound.

A remarkable, and rich account of a seemingly unhappy 1836 visit to Upper Canada by a then 42-year old Anna Jameson [née, Murphy], upon the summons of her distant husband, Robert Sympson Jameson (1796-1854) [lawyer, politician and the first Speaker of the Legislative Council of the Province of Canada]; wherein, the author recounts with vivid and unforgiving detail her encounters in Upper (Ontario) and Lower Canada (modern day Quebec, and Newfoundland & Labrador), writing of her interactions with Indigenous Peoples, the weather, observations of the life of women in the colonies, “sleigh journies”, scathing remarks on the “politics, parties, and society” of an “unhappy and mismanaged” Toronto, diversions into literary criticism (namely Goethe), an account of Colonel Talbot and a visit to Lake Huron accompanied with observations of “Indian Dandies”, “Indian Lodges”, “Indian Missionaries”, and much else. A truly unique account of early Canada, all through the discerning eyes of a woman. (#4578) $595.00