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The Emigrant Soldiers’ Gazette and Cape Horn Chronicle, Published Originally on Manuscript Forms, Kindly Furnished by Captain W. D. Marsh, R.E., During the Voyage from Gravesend to Vancouver Island of the Detachment of Royal Engineers Selected for Service in British Columbia, Between the 10th of October, 1858, and 12th April, 1859.
Author: Sinnett, C. Second-Corporal, R. E. (Editor), assisted by Lieut. H. S. Palmer, R. E.
Reference #: 1407
List Price: $350.00
King’s Printer, Victoria, 1907.
 pp.; Quarto (12”), in full burgundy leather; marbled endpapers; insignia of the Royal Engineers in full colour on prelim, reproduced in gilt on front cover together with title and an emblem of the ship, the Thames City. The tips are worn through to the boards; loss on spine at both head and tail; signature at addendum starting to split and tender. Folding colour map; illustrations; reprints of daily ‘news reports’ that were written on board the ship. Despite the detractions, this is a presentable and desirable copy, scarce in this binding.
This edition, a reprint of that of 1863, includes an addendum, viz. a paper by Lieut.-Colonel R. Wolfenden – who was also the King’s Printer – which was read at a meeting of the Veterans’ Association of Vancouver Island on November 23, 1907, entitled ‘The Royal Engineers and Their Work in British Columbia. In this presentation binding, the name of the recipient is on the front cover in gilt: “T. Argyle”. This is Thomas Argyle who was on board the Thames City on that voyage to Esquimalt in 1859, being a member of the Royal Engineers of the British Army who volunteered for service in New Caledonia. [cf. royalengineers.ca/Argyle.html]
[Whale, 1396, referencing only the printing in wrappers; Lowther 194, who notes that the original manuscript is held by the British Columbia Provincial Archives; and Smith 2849.]
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