Observations On The Present State Of The Highlands Of Scotland, With A View Of The Causes And Probable Consequences Of Emigration.

  • Selkirk, [Thomas Douglas], Earl of
  • London: Printed for Longman Hurst, Rees, and Orme 1805


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FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. [iii]-vii, [i], 223, [1], lvi. Half-title discarded. Later half calf, marbled boards, spine divided by gilt rules, brown morocco label, other compartments with a central blind tool. A touch of dustsoiling to early leaves. Binding just slightly rubbed at extremities. Early ownership inscription of Hector Mackenzie to title-page.


The 'major contribution to political economy and the debate over emigration' (ODNB) of Thomas Douglas, Earl of Selkirk (1771-1820). Selkirk owned land on Prince Edward Island and established a successful settlement there, recruiting over 800 highlanders to emigrate. His other colonial attempts were less successful but he nonetheless became 'a mythical figure in the development of the Canadian west and a prophet of western agricultural settlement' (ODNB).

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