St. John, New Brunswick: Printed for the Publisher by H. Chubb & Co. 65 Prince William Street, 1870. [ii],138,[vi, ads and indexes] pp. plus folding map. First 26 pages of text and ads printed on multi-colored stock. 12mo. Original printed salmon wrappers. Wrappers lightly soiled and edgeworn, a few small chips. Overall in near fine condition. Item #WRCAM54765
A very early guidebook to the salmon and trout fishing grounds of New Brunswick, not located in any of the standard fishing bibliographies. Produced just as sport fishing was becoming popular in the region, this guide provides some of earliest information for anglers visiting the area. A dozen pages are devoted to the fishing grounds, describing the salmon and trout to be found there, the rivers and lakes that would yield the best catches (the longest entry is devoted to the fertile Miramichi River, and there is also a paragraph on the Restigouche), and the gear that should be carried. The rest of the text is taken up by a historical description and guide to St. John and other cities in New Brunswick, along with information on local sights and services, banks, churches, hospitals, transportation, and Masonic and temperance organizations. The first twenty-six pages consist of advertisements for businesses in New Brunswick, and other ads are found later in the text. The map is a plan of the city of St. John, with a key showing the locations of important buildings. Livingston produced a similar guidebook to the region in 1869, but the present edition was the first to include fishing information. The NUC locates only three copies, at the Library of Congress, American Antiquarian Society, and Acadia University in Nova Scotia. OCLC adds only a single copy, at the Library and Archives of Canada. Not in Lande. A remarkable survival from the period before the establishment of the fishing camps along the Restigouche. OCLC 1007619745.