A Tour of the River Saguenay, in Lower Canada.
Seller ID: 1042
Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1848. First edition (viii, 231), small octavo in new three-quarter brown cloth over complimentary marbled paper, gilt titles to spine. This copy was found in the publisher's original plain paper wraps, yet to be properly bound. Charles Lanman (1819- 1895) "was a Michigan born landscape painter, sportsman, and writer...who published several books about his journeys through the wilderness and newly developing areas of the northern Midwest and Canada " (LOC). A Tour takes Lanman up the Hudson Valley, fishing all the way, to Montreal and down the St. Lawrence to Quebec City. It culminates in scenes along the Saguenay which Lanman, an accomplished landscape painter, especially enjoys describing-- a show of the Aurora at midnight, a sense of oppression on the moody, cliff-hung river. This is the American edition; "an English edition was issued, the same year, under the title: Adventures of an Angler in Canada, Nova Scotia and the United States" (LOC). In fact, Lanman is good at describing fishing adventures, too, as when he captures a mouse to use as trout bait or surprises pike fishers with his prowess with a spear. All jolly good fun. He is not quite so good when it comes to people-- for example, he and his guide endure a long, loud thunderstorm on a small island in the Saguenay, but we know nothing about his companion except he was 'an Indian' of one sort or another. Lanman is happiest with cloudscapes and waterfalls, and he found them aplenty on this journey down the river to New Brunswick, thence into Maine and Moosehead Lake. A fine, bright copy in its first suit of clothes. Quite a scarce book, certainly in this condition.
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