Six Years in the Bush; or Extracts from the Journal of a Settler in Upper Canada, 1832-1838. Thomas NEED.

Six Years in the Bush; or Extracts from the Journal of a Settler in Upper Canada, 1832-1838.

London. Simpkin, Marshall & Co., and Charles Tilt, & Robert Edis. 1838. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 12mo, 17cm, The First (sole) Edition, vi,126p., in the original brown cloth, blind ruled borders on the boards with gilt title on the upper cover, plain spine as issued, endpapers replaced earlier on, the cloth over the outer hinges is cracked but the binding is sound, a very good copy, our first copy of a classic Canadian rarity. (cgc) Not in "Waterston. The Travellers, Canada to 1900", nor Lande. - T.P.L. 2195; Sabin 10607. Thomas Need was an Oxford graduate who settled near Peterborough in 1832 and founded the town of Bobcaygeon. The book is rare, with no copy at auction since 1958 and no copies currently listed among the trade. Englishman Thomas Need (I808-95) immigrated to Upper Canada, arriving at York (Toronto) in late May 1832 and settling in Verulam Township, near Peterborough, the following April. Need was an important member of the government commission which supervised the building of the first lock on the Trent waterway at what became Bobcaygeon in 1833-34. In 1834 he founded the village of Bobcaygeon itself and established the foundations of any pioneer community - sawmill, gristmill, and general store.Six Years in the Bush is a brief glimpse of an educated man 's successful adjustment to the wilderness. Written in an economical style, the book includes frequent observations of Need's first years in Upper Canada but has fewer entries in later years as his other interests and responsibilities increased. Need 's decision to publish the book anonymously and his own return to England make him less known than Susanna Moodie or Catharine Parr Traill. In fact, a bibliography published in 1895 attributed the book to Moodie. Nevertheless, his simple descriptions of purchasing land, meeting Indians, and starting businesses are an important contribution to our knowledge of Upper Canada, while Need's brief tale may be less challenging for readers lacking the time or patience for Moodie's Roughing It In the Bush. Item #39433

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