Observations on the Present State of the Highlands of Scotland, With a View of the Causes and Probable Consequences of Emigration. Thomas Douglas Selkirk, Fifth Earl of.

Observations on the Present State of the Highlands of Scotland, With a View of the Causes and Probable Consequences of Emigration

Edinburgh: A. Constable And Co. Edinburgh; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, London, 1806. Second Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Boards in full calf, top and bottom boards with decorative scroll borders and edges stamped in blind, six compartment spine - five with flower motif in blind and one with title tooled in gilt onto green printed label, 8vo (8-1/4 x 5-1/8 inches [20.9 cm x 13 cm]), pp. [i]-vii, [viii], [1]- 232, [i]-lxi, all edges trimmed, sewn headbands. "SECOND EDITION" stated on copyright page, still tightly bound and with text fine. With the armorial bookplate of Ingestre Hall to the front pastedown, being of "The Most Noble Order of the Garter" - founded in 1348 and the highest order of knighthood existing in England - showing their motto "HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE". (Old French: "shame upon him who thinks evil upon it", or "evil to him who evil thinks it") in scroll. Light rubbing and wear to binding, top joint and hinge completely cracked, rear joint and hinge started, top corners with board tips exposed, uniform spotting and dusting to text edges, a few leaves and endpapers with light age tone. Good. Item #544

Published under the influential imprint of Archibald Constable at Edinburgh, this less common second and revised edition came out in the summer of 1806. Here Selkirk puts forth his reasons for the dispossessed people of the Highlands to emigrate from Scotland to Canada, as well as giving an account of the colony for Scottish emigrants he established at P.E.I. in 1803. He eventually received a land grant of 300,000 square kilometers, called Assiniboia, in June of 1811. The battles that followed were protracted and bloody and led to the end of the North West Company and ruined Lord Selkirk - with the Red River settlement barely surviving to become what is now Winnipeg. Penciled name to ffep, "Talbot family" of Ingestre Hall, a 17th century Jacobean mansion at Staffordshire, England, housing one of the ruling elite families of the time, who surely read this very book in making their decision on whether or not to support Selkirk's emigration plans. Ref. Gray pg. 42; Wikipedia: Selkirk, Most Noble Order of the Garter; Hayes, pg. 178; Streeter 3655.

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