Small, H. B. and J. Taylor (Ed.). William Notman (Photographer).
The Canadian Handbook and Tourist's Guide.
Seller ID: 1124
Montreal: Longmoore & Co., 1866. First edition (196, appendix, adverts), illustrated by 9 early albumen photographic prints by William Notman mounted on stiff card-- including Montmorenci Falls, the Saguenay, Lake St. Charles, Montreal Harbour, the Habitant (after Kreighoff), Barrack Hill, the Basket Maker (Kreighoff), Indian Camp (Kreighoff), Niagara. Octavo, in brown decorative publisher's cloth; perished spine skilfully replaced, gilt titles to spine, scattered foxing in text. About twenty pages in blue of adverts for transportation and tourist accommodation, railway and steamship travel. The handbook gives 'a description of Canadian lake and river scenery and places of historical interest with the best spots for fishing and shooting'. Notman, who came to Montreal from Scotland where he had trained as a daguerreotypist, became the most important photographer in Canada, recording scenes of the opening of the West, the country's burgeoning cities, and its prominent personalities-- the Montreal photograph with Victoria Bridge is an especially good example ('William Notman', CE). Quite a nice copy with good, early photographs. A scarce and important book.
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