Sep 29, 2022 - Sale 2615

Sale 2615 - Lot 42

Price Realized: $ 1,690
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
(CANADA.) Charles Forbes. Prize Essay. Vancouver Island: Its Resources and Capabilities, as a Colony. [4], 63, 18, [1] pages. 8vo, original blue printed wrappers, chipped; several tidy early pencil notes in the margins; early owner's small inked stamp and signature on front wrapper. [Victoria, BC: Daily Press], 1862

Additional Details

This comprehensive promotional guide to Vancouver Island (the large island to the west of the city of Vancouver) was commissioned in a contest sponsored by the Colonial Secretary's office. Includes a description of Chinook Jargon trading language (page 25), extensive data on gold mining, lists of native flora and fauna, a description of Victoria and other principal settlements, and more. The author was a surgeon in the Royal Navy. Lande 1177; Sabin 25036; Streeter sale VII:3429. TPL 4138. Provenance: library of William P. Blake, possibly western geologist William Phipps Blake (1826-1910). None traced at auction since Swann's only joint auction, the Swann-Butterworth sale of the John Howell collection, 14 February 1985, lot 185 (possibly this copy).