LOWER, Arthur R.M.
Title: Great Britain's Woodyard : British America and the Timber Trade, 1763-1867. First Edition
Publisher:  McGill-Queen's, 1973,
Seller ID: 28414
LOWER, Arthur R.M. Great Britain's Woodyard : British America and the Timber Trade, 1763-1867. Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1973. FirstEdition. Pp (3),iv-xiv,(2),-271,(3) + central 16-page section of illust rations. Tables, charts in text. 8vo, brown cloth, black lettering to frontand spine. Vaison p.110. "Great Britain's Woodyard completes the author's studies of the trade and industries based on the forests of eastern Canada.It examines the transatlantic trade and the significance of British metrop olitan demand. [...] The book is not a mere dryasdust account of tariffs and the course of trade, for its second part - 'The Anatomy of the Trade' - is concerned with men and their ways. It looks at merchants, importers, exporters, loggers, lumbermen, lumberjacks, timbermakers, raftsmen, sailors andtheir ships. [...] Underlying all the topics there is a strong note of con cern for the forest itself. The logical end-result of metropolitan demand for staples such as forest products is the ghost town, for when the product is exhausted, metropolitan demand turns elsewhere, and the life it called forth disappears. The British North American provinces did not get beyond being supply centres for the great world beyond their doors, over which they had no control. Canada, their heir, is still in a relativley similar position - a source of good things that others come and take away, leaving behindthat which they see fit to leave behind." - from the dj flaps (dj not with this copy). Contents: Part I. The History of the Trade. 1. The British Met ropolis (The Expansion of Great Britain's Economy - Metropolitanism and Metropolitan Status - Wood in the Metropolitan Economy); 2. The Baltic Supply Region (The Sub-Regions of the Baltic - The Baltic as a Semi-Colony - TradePractices and Techniques); 3. The British American Hinterland (The Rivers and Forests - The Forest as Plunder); 4. New Empires for Old, 1763-1795 (A United Empire - A New Empire on the St. Lawrence - A New Empire on Other Rivers); 5. Wood and War (The War with the French Republic - The Crisis of 1808-1809 - Creation of a British American Timber Trade - Doubling the Differential Duties - Effects of the Tariff on Prices During the Wars); 6. The New Trase and Those Who Established It (The Port Merchants - The First Lumbermen - Philemon Wright on the Ottawa - The Routes to Salt Water) ; 7. A Generation of Monopoly (The Course of Trade, 1814-1846 (Boom and Crash in the 1820s - Relative Stability in the 1830s - A New Depression, 1837-1842 - Recovery in 1843); 8. The Course of the Differential Duties (The First Reduction, 1821 - The Colonial Trade Acts of the 1820s - The Attempted Whig Reduction of 1831 - The Timber Committee of 1835 - The Report of 1840 - The SecondWhig Attempt at Reduction - Sir Robert Peel's Reduction of 1842 - The Appr oach of Free Trade - The Reduction of 1846 - The Colonial Revolution - The Loss of Protection - Rearrangement of the British American Trade); 9. The Timber Duties and Mercantilist Ideas (The 'Colonial System' - Arguments uponthe Differential Duties - For the Duties - Against the Duties); 10. From M ercantilism to Free Trade (Readjustment and Realignment, 1846-1867 - An Alternative Market - A Period of Readjustment, 1846-1854 - The Crimean War - The Crisis of 1857 - The Triumph of the Baltic ; 11. Timber Trade Without Preference (End of the Square Timber Trade - Rearrangements in the British Market - The Distant Future). Part II. The Anatomy of the Trade. Prefatory Note; 12. Ttimber Dealers and Their Roles (The Organization of the Trade in Great Britain - Historic Firms - The Trade in British North America - The Price Family - The Trade in New Brunswick - Trading Conditions and Arrangements - Business Practice - What Determined Price?) ; 13.Timbermakers : Their Rise and Decline (Square Timbers vs. Deals - The Amatuer Timbermaker - The First Timbermakers - Timbermakers Grow in Stature - Timbermakers in New Brunswick - End of the Square Timber Trade); 14. The Deal Manufacturer (Natureof the Industry - Technical Progress - John R. Booth - The Hamiltons of Ha wkesbury [on the Ottawa River]); 15. Shantyman and Raftsman (The Folklore of Lumbering - The Shantymen - Rafsmans et Draveurs - Were les Rafsmans Rascals?); 16. In the Bush and on the River (... Rafting the Timber down the Rivers - Westward over the Lakes - The Timber Slide); 17. The Port of Quebec in the Nineteenth Century (The Timber Coves - The Rafts Arrive - Culling the Timber - Timber Grading); 18. From River to Ship (Loading the Timber Ships - Port Labour - The Timber Fleets - Charters and Freights); 19. "Leather Ships and Sailors' Coffins" (Sea-going Slums - Colonial Ships - The Size ofthe Ships - The Guilt of the Shipowners - The Emigrant Trade and its Trage dies - Outward Cargoes). With glossary and index. Previous owner's blind-stamp on title-page, else very good. 35.00