Life and Labour in the Far, Far West: Being the Notes of a Tour in the Western States, British Columbia, Manitoba, and the North-West Territory. With Specially Prepared Map, Showing the Author's Route.
London, Paris, & New York: Cassell & Co., Limited, 1884. 4to, original red cloth, backstrip gilt-lettered, front cover gilt-stamped with images of Indian totems. xvi, 432, 8(Catalogue) pp. Large folding facsimile of Indian pictographic record tipped in at front; large folding colored map of Western U.S. and Canada tipped in at rear. Rubbed at backstrip tips and corners; backstrip a bit dull; blank scrap of paper mounted on front pastedown; repaired tear to facsimile, with small stain from previous tape repair; but generally a very good copy with some highly unusual attributes. First Edition, presentation copy with the extra plate rarely found. Inscribed at half-title: T. Percy Fox / With the Author's very kind regards / Bredenburg Court / June 18, 1884. This is a transcript of a journal made on a tour of North America in the spring and summer of 1883 by three Englishmen who were gathering information to help English farmers who were considering emigration. They spent time in Salt Lake City, Yosemite, and Los Angeles before heading north to investigate British Columbia, Montana, Dakota Territory, and Western Canada. The presence of the facsimile photograph is remarkable. According to a printed statement on its verso, Barneby was given the document in July, 1883, as he was passing through an area of Canada populated by Cree Indians. Intending to reproduce it in this book, Barneby later sent it to Winnipeg to be translated; but his agent then apparently sold the item to a local museum instead of returning it. Barneby finally recovered it in December, 1884. His note is dated January, 1885, well after the publication of the book; so it is to be presumed that he had this spectacular frontispiece inserted into copies issued, or presented, thereafter. (Perhaps the inscription to Percy Fox was backdated to the date of publication.) The pictograph is apparently a record kept by a Cree chief of negotiations with white settlers and supplies received from them from 1873 to 1877. Barneby's descendants put the virtually unique document up at auction in London in December, 2000; it sold for a total of 43,000 pounds sterling. The facsimile is not unrecorded, as it appears in two of the four copies of this book listed in ABPC between 1975 & 2000; but it is not mentioned in any bibliography. Flake 305. Graff 187. Smith 559.
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