The Early Nineteenth Century
G.B. Faribault, Catalogue d'ouvrages sur l'histoire de l'Amérique
et en particulier sur celle du Canada. Québec: W. Cowan, 1837.
Georges-Barthélemi Faribault (1789-1866), lawyer, public servant and
bibliographer, produced the first Canadian bibliography in 1837 having worked in
close collaboration with the Montreal antiquarian Jacques Viger. The aim was to
provide a work that would be of use to "ceux qui se sentiraient disposés
à écrire une Histoire du Canada, plus complète qu'aucune de
celles qui existent maintenant." Items that were in the Library of the
House of Assembly of Lower Canada are marked with an asterisk. This library was
destroyed during the riot in Montreal on 25 April 1849.
Obadiah Rich, A Catalogue of Books Relating Principally to America, Arranged under the Years in Which They were Published. London: O. Rich, 1832.
Obadiah Rich (1783-1850), London book seller, specialized in Americana.
This is one of his early Americana catalogues containing 486 priced items
ranging in date from 1506 to 1700.
Henri Ternaux, Bibliothèque Américaine ou Catalogue des
ouvrages relatifs a l'Amérique qui ont paru depuis sa découverte
jusqu'à l'an 1700. Paris: Arthus-Bertrand, 1837.
Henri Ternaux-Compans (1807-1864) was a French diplomatic secretary,
traveller and editor of early voyages. The Bibliothèque contains
1153 entries ranging in date from 1493 to 1700, the earliest being a copy of the
1493 Epistola Cristofori Colom. (letter of Christopher Columbus). Each entry
Destruction of the Parliament House, Montreal, April 25th. 1849.
Montreal: Matthews Lith., . Lande Print 88
Marc Lescarbot, Les muses de la nouvelle France. Paris: Jean Millot,
1609. Lande 1917 (Faribault, p. 87 #407)
William Vaughan, The Golden Fleece Divided into Three Parts ... [Map
of Newfoundland]. London: Printed for Francis Williams, 1626. Lande S2269 (Rich,
p. 45 #177)
Jacques Phillipe Cornut, Canadensium plantarum.... Paris: Simon Le
Moyne, 1635. Lande 157 (Ternaux-Compans, p. 103 #566)