CAMPBELL, Wilfred, and T. Mower [illustrations]. Canada. London, A. & C. Black, 1907.
Large 8vo. Original purple cloth, signed by CS, lettered and ornamented in gilt, blocked in light purple and green, top edge gilt; pp. xviii, 272, 77 colour plates with captioned tissue guards, folding map, printed in sepia; light fading to spine, toning to and offsetting from endpapers, as usual, occasional light spotting to text; still and attractive copy.
First edition of this wonderful book on Canada, 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 naturs 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, come in red cloth and with the top edges not gilt. - This is the best copy of this title we ever handled.