London. Published by W. Faden. 1799. 8vo, 22.5cm, First Edition, First Issue, 164p., (without the postscript found in the second issue or the same year), 1 folding table, in the original boards, re-backed early in quarter linen, very good to fine, a large uncut copy uncommon thus, in brown cloth chimise case in quarter brown calf slipcase, gilt decorated raised bands, double crushed green morocco labels. (cgc). Item #40636
T.P.L. 734. Sabin 85205. Casey 853. Lande 2207. David William Smyth (or Smith) came to Canada from England in 1790, as a member of the 5th Regiment. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada in 1792 and again in 1796, and was appointed surveyor-general of the province, which title he held until 1804, when he returned to England. This is the first published topographical description of Upper Canada, and contains two parts. The first is the topography of the principal lakes, rivers and land formations in Upper Canada, and the second is a gazetteer of eighteenth- century place-names of the region. "The accompanying Notes and Gazetteer were drawn up by David William Smyth, Esq., the very able Surveyor-General of the Province of Upper Canada, at the desire of Major-General Simcoe, on the Plan of those of the late Capt. Hutchins, for the River Ohio and Countries Adjacent." (Advertisement).