RYLATT, R.M. KITTREDGE, William, foreword.
Title: Surveying the Canadian Pacific : Memoir of a Railroad Pioneer. Paperback.
Publisher:  UBC Press, Vancouver, BC, 1996, ISBN:0774805684
Seller ID: 112927
RYLATT, R.M. Surveying the Canadian Pacific : Memoir of a Railroad Pioneer.(Vancouver, BC : UBC Press, 1996). From the University of Utah Press sheet s. Pp. (8),vii-xxvi,1-246,(2). With several colour and black-and-white illustrations to text. 8vo, photo-illustrated card covers, brown spine, gold and black lettering to front, grey spine. With a foreword by William Kittredge. "In 1871 R.M. Rylatt, a former sergeant of His Majesty's Royal Engineers, embarked on a new career as an agent of the Canadian Pacific Railroad Survey, searching for a route that would join British Columbia to the rest of Canada. He kept notes of his two years of expeditionary work, which he later revised and expanded, adding numerous colour sketches and line drawings. [...] Rylatt's journal provides a valuable first-hand accouint of the race to mount a transcontinental railway across largely unmapped territory. It is also a great adventure story, full of the trials and tribulations that were so much a part of everyday existence. In one dramatic encounter, Rylatt graphically describes using an axe to cut off three fingers of a troublemaker at camp. Especially gripping, and the msot vivid pure adventure, is the last fifth of the diary describing the trip homeward in May of 1873 when, with three horses and a companion, he travels from Jasper across the Continental Divide and down the Thompson River to Kamloops." - from the rear cover. Name inked to flyleaf, else very good. 20.00