A yacht voyage. Letters from high latitudes; being some account of a voyage, in 1856, in the schooner yacht "Foam" to Iceland, Jan Mayen, and Spitzbergen, by Lord Dufferin, Governor General of the Dominion of Canada.
Item ID 41924
Toronto, Adam, Stevensen, 1873. 8vo (18.1 x 12.0 cm). 281 pp., engraved frontispiece, tissue-guarded portrait of the author, nine engraved plates including one of a skeleton in a coffin captioned: "Et ego in arctis", several wood engravings in the text. Original decorated cloth with bevelled edges and gilt title on the spine, and gilt title and large vignette on the front board. Toronto edition with a preface to the Canadian edition. Signed and dedicated by the author to a "Miss Caldwell" and dated "11 June 1875". The author Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava (1826-1902), "is now best known as one of the most successful diplomats of his time... He was chairman of a mining firm that went bankrupt after swindling people, although he was ignorant of the matter. His biographer Davenport-Hines says he was 'imaginative, sympathetic, warm-hearted, and gloriously versatile.' He was an effective leader in Lebanon, Canada and India, averted war with Russia, and annexed Burma. He was careless of money but charming in high society in three continents" (Wikipedia). Spine discoloured, worn at ends, a bit cocked, otherwise a very good copy. Signed and dated by the author, the governor of Canada