Observations on the present state of the Highlands of Scotland, with a view of the causes and probable consequences of emigration …

London, Longman et al., 1805.

8vo, pp. viii, 223, [1], lvi appendix, with the half-title and errata slip; a very good copy, in contemporary straight-grained morocco, gilt borders, spine ruled and direct-lettered in gilt within compartments, gilt edges, spine a little rubbed, but good.

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First edition. ‘In 1792 … Selkirk [1771–1820] undertook an extensive tour through the Scottish Highlands and became convinced that emigration thence was unavoidable. He also recognised the need of some controlling hand to direct it. He first conceived the idea of a settlement at the Red River (what is now Winnipeg) but this did not materialise until 1811. The above work was partly written as a defence against various reports which had subsequently been spread concerning his colonization schemes. In it he speaks of the tide of emigration to the USA and suggests that this emigration might be turned to Canada. He also speaks at length of the success of his settlement at Prince Edward Island, which he had founded when his first attempts at the Red River had not met with success’ (Lande; see also our Catalogue 1044, item 143f).

Goldsmiths’ 18992; Kress B.4969; Lande 1440; Sabin 20704n; TPL 766.

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