Canadian Crusoes: A Tale of the Rice Lake Plains

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1986 - Poetry - 324 pages
The Indians offered the first of the birds as an oblation to the Great Spirit, as a grateful acknowledgment of his bounty in having allowed them to gather food thus plentifully for their families; sometimes distant tribes with whom they were on terms of friendship were invited to share the sport and partake of the spoils. Indiana could not understand why Hector did not follow the custom of her Indian fathers, and offer the first duck or the best fish to propitiate the Great Spirit.

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A tale of resourceful youngsters who survive being lost in the Canadian wilderness. This volume is a modern reprint of the first edition, which was published in London in 1852.
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C.S. Francis brought out a pirated edition later the same year (the 1853 date on his title page notwithstanding), which added "The" to the title. The first printing of the Francis edition lists Billin & Bros. as the stereotypers. Although the Billin colophon does not appear in the six subsequent printings of the pirated edition, all seven were likely printed from the same set of plates.
The Billins are referenced twice in this modern reprint: in the editor's introduction, and in a list of editions of the text.
The pirate edition, "The Canadian Crusoes," is among the various Billin printing and stereotyping jobs catalogued in "Bibliotheca Probata." The Billins also worked on pirated American editions of books by two of Traill's sisters.


Editors Introduction
Dedication from the 1852 Hall Virtue Edition
Explanatory Notes
Bibliographical Description of Authoritative
Published Versions of the Text
Emendations in Copytext
Lineend Hyphenated Compounds in Copytext

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Catherine Parr Traill was a Canadian author, born in Kent, England, on January 9, 1802. She was a member of the Strickland family, and educated at her home at Ryden Hall, Suffolk. She began to write when she was fifteen years of age. Her first book a children's book, was published in London in 1818. She wrote many other juvenile works, which were published without her name, and sold very well. In 1832 she married Lieutenant Thomas Traill, a Scotsman, and soon afterward they emigrated to Canada and settled in Douro, Ontario, in 1833. She subsequently lived at Peterborough, Rice Lake, and at Lakefield. After arriving in Canada she contributed to "Chambers's Journal," "Sharpe's London Magazine," and other periodicals, and published, among other works, "The Backwoods of Canada" (London, 1835) ; "Canadian Crusoes," (New York, 1852) ; "Ramblings in the Canadian Forest" (1854)" "Stories of the Canadian Forests" (New York, 1856) . "Lady Mary and her Nurse, or a Peep into Canadian Forests" (London, 1856) ; "Afar in the Forest, or Pictures of Life and Scenery in the Wilds of Canada" (London, 1869); and "Studies of Plant Life, or Floral Gleanings by Forest, Lake, and Plain" (Ottawa, 1884). Catherine Parr Traill died in 1899

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