Title: Excursions in and about Newfoundland, during the Years 1839 and 1840. 1/2 calf
Publisher:  London , John Murray, 1842, 1842
Seller ID: 101800
JUKES, J.B., M.A., F.G.S., F.C.P.S. Excursions in and about Newfoundland, during the Years 1839 and 1840. In Two Volumes. London : John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1842. First Edition. Pp (6), [v]-x, -322, (2); (2), [iii]-iv, -354, (2). WITH THE FOLDING MAP AT REAR OF VOLUME TWO. 8vo, smartly bound in 1/2 calf, marbled bds and end-papers, morocco spine labels, gilt lettering to labels, five gilt tooled bands and pressed decoration to spines. A few instances are uncut.
O'Dea 478, TPL 5187, Lande 479, Waterston p.69, Butler & Bartlett p.60.
ENL III:149, DNLB p.182, DCB IX:417-19 on Joseph Beete Jukes (1811-1869).
Joseph Beete Jukes (b. October 10, 1811, Birmingham, England – d. July 29, 1869, Birmingham, England).
"Jukes' geological report on Newfoundland had no apparent effect on island history or on future geological work in the colony; Sir William Logan rarely referred to his work, and in 1864 James Richardson spoke of Newfoundland as geologically a "new field." Jukes' work was purelya preliminary reconnaissance, and surveyors, legislators, civil servants, and entrepreneurs in the colony appear to have found it of little value. Jukes' principal legacy to Canada is a valuable record of Newfoundland society in 1839-40. He came into contact with Micmacs, mummers, cod fishermen, and seal hunters, and reported on the hospitality of the colony's inhabitantsfrom the humblest outport to the governor's mansion. He was struck by the coarse, primitive manners and customs and the plain, rugged lives of the people, but unlike some other observers he concluded that "the mass of the people are not habitual drunkards." Despite some disappointment with the "want of manly independence and self-reliance" of the lower classes whom he felt were too easily led, he found Newfoundlanders "simple, honest, industrious, goodnatured and hospitable" with "the virtues of all hardy races exposedto the toils and dangers of the adventurous life." - Richard David Hughes' article in the DCB.
A couple of carefully tape-repaired tears to map (not at folds), two-inch diagonal tear to fore-margin of II.167-8 leaf (which had been uncut), Yale stamps to title pages and pp. I.21 and II.21, else a very good, smart, tidy set. 2,000.00