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Way Out West: On the Trail of an Errant Ancestor

Bond, Michael

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ISBN 10: 0771011326 / ISBN 13: 9780771011320
Editorial: McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, Canada, 2001
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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First printing. An 1862 trailblazing journey across Canada now retraced by the great - great grandson of the original pioneer. Binding fine in clean black cloth with red titling to spine. Corners and spine ends all very good. Text pages, illustrations and eps are all clean with no markings or inscriptions. D/J is unclipped with no tears or loss, but does have a light crease to one corner. Despatched same or next working day in protective packaging. N° de ref. de la librería 008673

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Título: Way Out West: On the Trail of an Errant ...

Editorial: McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, Canada

Año de publicación: 2001

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Edición: 1st Edition

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In 1862, a British lord named Viscount Milton and his friend from Cambridge, Dr. Cheadle, set out to travel across what is now western Canada. Not only did they want to explore the possibilities of a usable land-route through the Rockies to the Cariboo goldfields, but they craved the adventure an untouched land could provide.

Starting their journey in the Red River Colony (Winnipeg), they hired guides and proceeded across the prairie, encountering both Natives and Hudson’s Bay Company traders, and enduring a gruelling journey through the Yellowhead Pass, in terrible conditions, down the Thompson River to Kamloops. They moved down the Fraser River from the B.C. interior to New Westminster and took a steamer to Victoria, from which they visited the Cariboo goldfields, and then headed home from Victoria by ship via Panama. Their book about the trip, The North-West Passage by Land, published in England in 1865, was a huge success.

Now Michael Shaw Bond – a great-great-grandson of Viscount Milton, and a London journalist – has also travelled from Winnipeg west in the footsteps of his distinguished ancestor. Hitch-hiking and walking across the prairies, searching near Prince Albert for the descendants of the natives who helped Milton and Cheadle survive their first winter, and encountering both grandeur and extreme discomfort on horseback through the mountains, Bond tackles his experience with curiosity, good humour, and a good deal of Milton’s own courage.

In the process he discovers not only Milton’s trail, but much about Milton – and himself. On his Canadian adventure Milton was able to escape the pressures and expectations of his position, and come to an awareness of what he did well. So too did Bond, dealing with a difficult relationship and a time of uncertainty in his life, find in his adventure a time in which life is reduced to essentials, and priorities are clarified – through the centuries the reward of pilgrimage.

About the Author:

Michael Shaw Bond has a degree in natural science from Durham University in England, and is an editor with New Scientist magazine. His articles have appeared in New Scientist, The European, Financial Times, Geographical, and other publications. He lives in London, England.

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