An Historical and Statistical Account of Nova Scotia in Two Volumes, Illustrated by a Map of the Province and Several Engravings. 1829 First Edition. Printed and published by Joseph Howe, Halifax.
Book condition: Good.
A history of Nova Scotia from 1497 to 1828 by Thomas Chandler Haliburton, a Nova Scotian politician and judge until his retirement to England in 1856 where he wrote satirical works under the pseudonym "Sam Slick".
8vo (21.5 cms x 13 cms). Bound in light brown half leather with marbled boards, gilt bands and titling to spine. Vol 1: 340 pages plus viii page index and 4 preliminary pages; Vol 2: 453 pages (with Publisher's apology slip bound between Title page and opposing plate) plus iii page index which includes Errata and Instructions To The Binder and 2 preliminary pages. The map and seven plates listed in the Instructions To The Binder are all present. In addition, Vol 1 contains a plan of the town of Louisburg and a plan of the harbour and fortifications of Louisburg, whilst Vol 2 contains, between pages 388 and 389, 3 tables of trading statistics.
The covers have some scuffing/minor staining. Each volume has a split along the joint of the spine and front board. Vol 1 has lost the top 2 mm of the spine and a similar sized piece from the foot of the spine, both spines have some cracking due to drying out. The front hinges of both volumes are cracked, Vol 1 for 2.5 cms at the head and 1 cm at the foot, Vol 2 for its full length. Internally the binding is tight in both volumes. There is foxing/tanning throughout, and offsetting of text pages opposite engravings. In Vol 1 the map of Nova Scotia facing the title page has 3 closed tears (10 cms vertical along a line of folding; 3 cms horizontal along a line of folding; and 21 cms horizontal); and page 37 has a 6 cms closed tear. In Vol 2 the Publisher's apology inserted opposite the Title page has a 4 cms diagonal closed tear. In Vol 1 pages 302-303 are misnumbered as 202-203; and in Vol 2, page 164 is misnumbered 152, and pages 175-176 are misnumbered as 177-178. None of these page numbering errors involves any loss of text.
On the whole a good set of a major historical work, now very scarce.