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STEFFLER, John. German Mills : A novel pertaining to the life & times of William Berczy, Painter, Adventurer, Spy,. Speculator, Pioneer & Incidental Founder of the City of Markham, Upper Canada. Kentville: "printed by G. Dunfield & A. Steeves under the sign of the Mirthful G" / Gaspereau Press, 2015. First Printing. Pp. (10),330,(6). 8vo, black card with illustrated grey paper dust jacket, black lettered brown title block to front, black lettering to spine. "Talented, privileged and ambitious, the young William Berczy is disasffected with the strictures of eighteenth-century European society. Quitting Germany to pursue a future of his own making, Berczy refashions himself as a secret envoy in war-torn Poland and a portrait painter in Italy before his charisma and skill for self-invention land him the ultimate romantic role -- leading a group of German settlers into the American wilderness. After abandoning his deceitful partners and fleeing from the Gennesee Valley to Upper Canada with his settlers, Berczy's facade of influence crumbles as he fails to secure either acceptance or success, his talent squandered on petitioning the powerful. Based on Berczy's compelling, hyperbolic life, 'German Mills' is a portrait of a man entangled in the vain romanticism and relstless ambition that propelled the colonial dream and yet lurks justbelow the surface of Canadian society." - from the rear wraparound band. V ery good. 20.00
Title: German Mills : A novel pertaining to the life of William Berczy. First Edition, Paperback.
Publisher: Gaspereau Press, Kentville, 2015, ISBN:9781554471485:
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