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When Fur Was King
Author: Moberly, Henry J.
Reference #: 2054
Status: For Sale
List Price: $125.00
E.P. Dutton, New York, 1929. Written in collaboration with William Bleasdell Cameron; photographs illustrations by John Innes. Second printing done in the same year as both the First American Edition and the First Canadian Edition. Xvii, , 237 pp.; fold-out map as called for in Peel with internal maps dimensions approx.. 7.5 x 14.5”. Bookeseller’s ticket on front paste-down from the Abbey Book Shop in Hollywood; an unmarked copy in tight, square binding; orange cloth. Near Fine, lacking rare dj. [Peel 2163]
Moberly was a fur trader for the Hudson’s Bay Company, residing primarily in Northern Alberta. Cameron’s role, who met Moberly in the early years of the 20th century, he summed up himself: “This book is Mr. Moberly’s, not mine, but I am pleased to have had a part in perhaps rescuing from oblivion a highly interesting and valuable historical record.”
And, indeed, it is so, for this is a personal recounting that covers Moberly’s travels by canoe, his time with the Saskatchewan brigade and later at Jasper House, and his relationship with the Indians of the Plains. Moberly’s summation, as quoted in the Introduction, puts the work in perspective: “All this has passed. The prairie has been ploughed into farms. Railroads have displaced the trails of the Red River carts. Cities, town and villages cluster round the sites of the trading posts. The buffalo, save for a few enclosed by fences, have perished from the face of the earth. The old, free West is not more.”,
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