CAMPBELL, Wilfred (author). and T. MOWER (illustrator). Canada.

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CAMPBELL, Wilfred (author). and T. MOWER (illustrator). Canada. London, A. & C. Black, 1907.

Large 8vo.; publisher's deep red cloth decoratively blocked to an Art Nouveau design in pink, lilac, dark green and gilt to spine and upper cover, signed by C.S., top edges gilt, others untrimmed; pp. xviii, 272 + [4], publisher's catalogue, with 77 colour plates protected by captioned tissue-guards and a folding map printed in sepia tipped in to the rear; a very attractive, bright copy with rubbing to joints and bruising to spine ends, with light marking to lower cover, internally generally very good and clean with occasional mild signs of handling and localised pale foxing to inner margin of one plate.
First edition of this comprehensive book on the nation, with chapters on two new prairie provinces. The author's aim was 'to describe the great natural features of the land, in its broader characteristics - its coasts, rivers, mountains, lakes and prairies, those physical beauties and sublime effects of nature, for which the region is specially famous. With this he has attempted to depict the seasons, and the beauty of the Canadian woods. In addition there is given a brief sketch of the settlement and development of the different communities, with special reference to the great centres of provincial and racial activities, and a reference to the people, its origins, composite ideals, and the leading actors on its historical stage of progress and accomplishment' (p. ix). The author William Wilfred Campbell (1860 - 1918) is known as unofficial poet laureate of Canada. Later editions, all dated 1907, are lacking the gilded top edges. Inman 12.