Guelph, Ont. The World Publishing Company, 1882. First Edition, First Printing. A Very Good Hardcover.
Full leather bound with black leather spine title bands and gilt-ruled sectioning on the spine; Marbled edges; Strong reinforced hinges. The bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear.
8vo. 1 p.l., xxii, -687,  blank,  adverts. with half-title. 3 tinted lithographs incl. folding frontis. birds-eye view of Winnipeg & birds-eye view of Emerson, coloured lithographed diagram, 2 large colour lithographed maps of Canada & the North-West Territory & Manitoba, large folding lithographed street map of Winnipeg, & 13 full-page illus. First Edition, First Printing.
Ref: Peal 1081
Manitoba And The Great North-West: The Field For Investment; The Home Of The Emigrant, Being A Full And Complete History of the Country To Which Has Been Added The Educational & Religious History Of Manitoba & The North-West, by George M.Grant Also Montana And The Bow River District Compared For Grazing Purposes, by Alexander Begg Sketch Of The Rise And Progress Of Winnipeg, by J.C.McLagan.
Very Good, No Dust Jacket As Issued. Item #16030
During the course of five separate surveys conducted between 1872 and 1881, the author examined the agricultural potential of various western regions and incorrectly concluded that all of the northwest was ideally suited for agriculture, even the arid plains of southern Saskatchewan and Alberta. It was on the basis of his evaluation that the CPR was re-routed across the southern prairies.
Details the physical geography of Manitoba, climate, flora, fruits and plants, raising wheat and other cereal crops, grasses, stock raising, stock raising in the Bow River District compared to Montana, water, fuel, timber, mammals, birds, reptiles, fishes and insects, minerals, churches, schools, and Native Americans.
"Begg's appendix is one of the earliest references to ranching in present day Alberta." [Peel]