Report of the commissioners, appointed to explore the country between the St. Maurice and the Ottawa, in the year 1830. [AND] Report des commissaires, nommés pour l'exploration du pays entre les rivieres St. Maurice et Outaouais dans l'année 1830.
Item ID 66213
[Quebec], The Assembly, 1831. 8vo (21.4 x 13.0 cm). 117 [56; 61] pp. Contemporary boards with hand-written title and blind cloth spine cover. The bilingual report (English, followed by French) of an exploration expedition by Toussaint Pothier (1771-1845) in the eastern Canadian province of Quebec. The area was of importance because of the fur trade, its logging possibilities and the subsequent development of the timber industry. This publication contains a day-by-day narrative of the itinerary, a list of participants and how much they were paid, as well as a summary of all other costs. Further notes are on the weather and climate, and the military/strategic value in case of a war with the United States. This is regarded as an "early Canadian book" (see F. M. Staton). Boards somewhat soiled, internally a very good, clean copy. Rare. See Staton, Books and pamphlets published in Canada, up to the year eighteen hundred and thirty-seven, copies of which are in the Public Reference Library, Toronto, Canada (1916), p. 43 (French edition only); Not in Sabin. Early report on a little known part of eastern Canada, the province of Quebec