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  • Voyages Amérique

A Topographical Dictionary of the Province of Lower Canada.

London: Published by Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, First edition, in-4;
xii (Title, Dedication, Preface), the subsequent pages are unnumbered; frontispice portrait of Bouchette by Engelheart, engraved by Thomson.
Elaborate contemporary binding by F. Westley [London] in green full shagreen with multiple gilt frames on boards, spine with raised bands and gilt decorations, cream silk endpapers, large inner dentelles, all edges gilt.
This true first edition published by Colburn and Bentley, not present in Sabin or TPL, who mentions (item 1627) in the entry for the Longman edition of 1832: “a work apparently published in 1831…” Joseph Bouchette was surveyor-general of Lower Canada and author of the “Topographical description of the Province of Lower Canada” published in 1815. From “Arabusquash” (a river or chain of lakes rising behind Three Pistolles) to Yamaska county in the Three Rivers district, hundreds of entries refer to rivers, townships - some of which were only projected at the time -, seigniories, indian lands and indians, fiefs and lakes. Very rare first edition, finely bound.