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My Travels. Visits to Lands Far and Near: European, British, American and Canadian.
Author: Shields, Robert
Reference #: 1561
Status: For Sale
List Price: $50.00
William Briggs, Toronto, 1913, “Illustrated by Pen and Pencil, Enlarged Edition” – though it must be added that most of the illustrations are photographic. 12mo.; Brown ribbed cloth with gilt titles, with crown and head in gilt against black crest on front boards. Pp. [iv], , 8-339 (including Addenda and Biographical Sketches; frontis portrait with tissue guard; illustrated.
With a testimonial by Canadian novelist Ralph Connor (pseud. of Rev. C. W. Gordon), which reads, in part, “He has been fortunate in meeting many of the great men of the day, and his travels have brought him to many of the world’s most interesting and beautiful spots. His books shows, too, that he has carried with him on his travels an observant eye.”
The author’s travels, indeed, take him to regions and cities in Britain, Scotland, France, America and Canada. Unlike the travel guides of today, it is not a list of ‘tourist sites’ and hotel rates. Of Vancouver, for example, Shields notes: Thirteen years ago the site of Vancouver was wilderness. Twelve years ago it was an ash-heap. To-day a city of 130,000 inhabitants rests there. Its streets are well paved, and electric cars sweep swiftly back and forth over them. At night the streets are brilliantly lighted, and day and night they are thronged with busy people.” (p. 206)
A Near Fine copy: a p.o.n. and date on the front paste-down, otherwise a clean, bright copy in tight binding.
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