A Tour To Quebec, in the Autumn of 1819.

London. Printed for Sir Richard Phillips and Co.1822. 1st Edition. Soft cover. 8vo, 21.5cm, The First London Edition, viii,128p., titlevignette, with 4 sepia tone litho views on 2 plates, incontemporary wavy-grain dark blue cloth and marbled boards, gilttitles along the spine, bookplate, a fine copy. (Qc) Lande 2198.T.P.L. 1185. Sabin 81047. Howes S459. The book includes very gooddescriptions of New York, Quebec and New England by one of the mostprominent and influential scientific figures of the day. The firstedition, from which this was taken, was published in 1820 under thetitle "Remarks, Made on a Short Tour, between Hartford andQuebec. When Benjamin Silliman, professor of chemistry at YaleCollege and author of European travel books,"felt a romantic forthe Foreignness of travel" (in 1811 he had published A Journal oftravels in England, Holland and Scotland), he felt the lure ofQuebec - still a French city in buildings, language, andfortifications. The French Canadians fitted the romantic conceptionof colourful rustic folk, with their 'lighted pipes, red or bluesashes and long conical woolen caps of various colours".Picturesque scenes appeared along the river: Cartes driving intothe water with water-casks, and women pounding their washing at thewater's edge. Toward Montreal, the Professor saw fine tamerscenes. every two or three miles . a little snowy village, withits glittering tin spire" and heard Canadian boat songs form canoeson the river. (Waterston p34). Item #36621

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