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1 GOW, John M. STUBBERT, James A. Cape Breton Illustrated : Historic, Picturesque and Descriptive. First Edition.
William Briggs, Toronto, 1893, 
GOW, John M. Cape Breton Illustrated : Historic, Picturesque and Descriptive. Illustrated by James A. Stubbert. Toronto: William Briggs / Montreal : C.W. Coates / Halifax : S. F. Huestis, 1893. First Edition. Pp. [iii]- iv, (6), [9]-423, (1) + 30 plates, including frontispiece. Oblong 8vo [230 x 185mm], art-illustrated green cloth, gilt titles and decoration to front and spine, bevelled edges. John Milne Gow (b. June 16, 1844 - d. 1898). Tennyson, Cape Bretoniana 2023; Morley p.86, Watters p.682, Rhodenizer p.83. "The "importance and advantage" of Cape Breton in a military and commercial sense were early recognized by the contending French and English. Its value wasespecially appre- ciated by the former, as it controlled the approach to t heir ancient colony of Canada. They employed all their military and diplomatic skill in its defence and for its retention. But though repeatedly successful in the latter, they ultimately failed in the former. Louisburg, by its strength and commanding position, drew upon it the invidious regard, and at last the vengeance, of the New England colonies. Their expedition against Cape Breton was their first national enterprise, and its result was theirfirst national triumph and it presaged greater things. There were not wa nting those who saw in the downfall of Louisburg the independence of the American colonies ; and the prospect was neither new nor uninviting to them. It had occupied a place in the consciousness of the New Englanders ever since the Pilgrim Fathers set foot upon Plymouth Rock. The dormant idea of national separation was fanned intc flame before the walls of Louisburg. In this volume it is attempted to account for the American Puritan and for his progenitor, the English Puritan ; to discuss the spirit and the genius of the men before whom the weak tyranny of kings hopelessly f^U. The English andAmerican revolutions were accomplished by men actuated by principles subst antially the same. The ancient town and fortress of Louisburg is described,and the story of both sieges is told in detail. There is a short account o f the colonial struggle between France and England, and of its immediate and remote results ^the erection of the United States into a separate nationality, and the formation of the nucleus of the Dominion of Canada. There is also inserted a short history of Cape Breton, with a description of its prospective commercial advantages, and a presentation of its attractions as a summer resort. The works to which the writer is indebted in the preparation of this volume are : " Brown's History of Cape Breton," a most valuable and exhaustive work, indicating great research and accuracy, and written ina clear and genial style ; ** Narrative and Critical History of America," Parkman's ''Montcalm and Wolfe," Belknap's ** History of New Hampshire," Hutchinson's *' History of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay," Neale's "Accountof the Colonial Wars," Parson's " Life of Pepperell," ** Massachusetts Arc hives," State Documents and Records of Massachusetts, Governor Hutchinson'sDiary, ** Life of Milton," " Life of Oliver Cromwell," General Stewart's * * History of the Highland Regiments," *' History of America," " Eighty Years' Progress in British North America," and others. The history of the development of the English-speaking races in North America is a subject of greatinterest. We know what men are by knowing their history ; thence we can ca lculate future probabilities. As an honest effort in this direction, and anattempt to present the claims of the island of Cape Breton, this volume is respectfully presented to the public." - (Introduction, pp iii-iv). Introd uction Chapters : 1. The English Puritan; 2. The American Puritan; 3. The Briton as an Organizer and a Colonist; 4. The Frenchman as Missionary and Colonist; 5. The Seven Years' War; 6. Description of the Town and Fortress ofLouisbourg (pp.126-159); 7. The New England Invasion of Cape Breton; 8. Th e First Siege of Louisbourg (pp.176-229); 9. The Second of Louisbourg (pp.230-281); 10. The United States; 11. Cape Breton (pp.314-367); 12. The Dominion of Canada; 13. Attractions of Cape Breton for Tourists. Rear hinge juststarting, front board slightly loose, spine ends and corners worn with som e chipping and fraying, lower edges shelf-worn, cloth to spine & boards rubbed, else very good. 300.00

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