Canada and the Crimea; or Sketches of a Soldier's Life: From the Journals and Correspondence of the Late Major Ranken, R.E. R. E. RANKEN, George, W. Bayne RANKEN.
Canada and the Crimea; or Sketches of a Soldier's Life: From the Journals and Correspondence of the Late Major Ranken, R.E.

Canada and the Crimea; or Sketches of a Soldier's Life: From the Journals and Correspondence of the Late Major Ranken, R.E.

London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1862. First Edition. Hardcover octavo (20.5 x 13cm); pp. [8], (320) + frontispiece; royal blue cloth covered boards; gilt lettering and banding on the spine; blind embossed borders and detailing on the boards; coffee coloured endpapers, first and last paste-down include publisher's advertising.

Head and tail of spine a touch pushed and abraded; further light abrasions along hinges, corners and bottom edge; corners gently bruised; a bend across the front cover, 15mm from the top edge; covers a little marked and scuffed; top edge of text block is dust toned and foxed; trimmed edges; faint creases and marks to endpapers and pastedowns; bookseller W. Maddock's sticker inside front cover; frontispiece has caused toning to neighbouring pages; occasional spots, very light age toning and rippling throughout, overall mostly clean and bright. Item #1373

Canada and the Crimea is a compilation of Major George R.E. Ranken's (1828-1856) letters and journals edited by his brother. Ranken was an English soldier and this volume, as the title suggests, details his time stationed in Canada and the Crimea. Additionally, it details his travels and includes sections on his experience Moose hunting as well as a meeting with an authour whom he refers to as 'Mr. Thackeray,' who given the dates and subject of the conversation was, presumably, William Makepeace Thackeray.

The sticker inside the front cover book is of particular interest as it is a relic of Australian publishing, bookselling and library history. It reads, "From W. Maddock, (Successor to George Robertson), Bookseller and Stationer, 383 George Street, Sydney." William Maddock emigrated to Australia from England in the 1850s after being trained by Liverpool booksellers and cartographers, George Philip & Sons. On the voyage over, Maddock became friendly with Frederick Lewis Edwards, who became one of the founders of the famous house of Edwards Dunlop & Co. Maddock's shopfront on 383 George Street backed onto the Edwards Dunlop & Co. warehouse. Maddock initially ran the premises on behalf of his good friend, the Melbourne bookseller George Robertson (distinct from the Sydney bookseller of the same name), later buying it, adding a library and small publishing business and becoming the "undoubted leader of bookselling in Sydney." In 1896, Maddock sold to William Dymock and, with Maddock staying on as manager, Dymock's was a lending library for over fifty years. Stanley Maddock, William’s son, went on to become the respected head of the very large educational section of Dymock’s Book Arcade, the precursor to the Dymock's chain of bookstores that we know today. (Open Research Library, Australian National University; Australian Dictionary of Biography; AustLit, accessed 5 September 2020).

Price: $110.00