Traill, Catharine Parr and Agnes Chamberlin, Illus.
Studies of Plant Life in Canada; or Gleanings from Forest, Lake and Plain.
Seller ID: 2044C
Ottawa: Woodburn, 1885. First edition (frontis, ix, 273, index). Illustrated by nine full-page chromolithographic plates after the drawings of Agnes Chamberlin. In decorative brown publisher’s cloth (The book was also bound in green) with impressed and gilt decorations and lettering, a.e.g., beveled edges. In 1868 C. P. Traill’s Canadian Wildflowers was published to general acclaim. The strikingly colourful lithographs were the work of Susanna’s daughter and Traill’s niece Agnes Fitzgibbon, as she then was-- she sketched and then engraved the floral images, and along with her three daughters, hand-coloured all 5,000 plates. Now, fifteen years later, Agnes Chamberlin (Subsequent to her husband’s death she had married Brown Chamberlin, MP) suggested a second work in a similar vein; again, Agnes supplied the art work and the business connections while C. P. mined her scrapbooks and products of her flower press. See Michael Peterman’s recent book Sisters in Two Worlds, A Visual Biography of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill for an especially interesting and well illustrated informal discussion. C. P. Traill’s writing career began in Canada, anyway, with The Backwoods of Canada (1836) and ended more than fifty years later with the publication of two story collections, Pearls and Pebbles and Cot and Cradle Stories. Studies, a work which energized her later years, was her last important book.Wear top and bottom of spine (repairs), rubbed at the extremities, front cover with a few spots, back cover wrinkled; otherwise a Very Good copy.
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