BRITISH COLUMBIA, AND VANCOUVER ISLAND; COMPRISING A HISTORICAL SKETCH OF THE BRITISH SETTLEMENTS IN THE NORTH-WEST COAST OF AMERICA....

London. 1858. viii,247pp. Folding frontispiece map. Half title. 16mo. Original color pictorial boards, backstrip neatly replaced. Tiny closed tear in map near mounting stub. Otherwise a very good, clean copy. Item #WRCAM49922

Includes descriptions of the Gold Rush, which had begun the same year as the publication of this work and radically changed the character of the region, which had until that time been mainly a source of furs for the Hudson's Bay Company. Reprinted in the appendix is the act of Parliament dated Aug. 2, 1858, which called for a separate government for British Columbia. Hazlitt also treats the natives of the region and includes a brief Chinook vocabulary. He "[d]rew on primary sources - letters, and reports from the LONDON TIMES correspondent - for his description of the gold fever" (Streeter). TPL 3818 (lacking map). GAGNON I:1635. LANDE 1219. SABIN 31126. WAGNER-CAMP 300b. SMITH 4272. LOWTHER 73. STREETER 3411.

Price: $1,750.00