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An Apostle of the North: Memoirs of the Right Reverend William Carpenter Bompas, D.D. First Bishop of Athabasca, 1874-1884, First Bishop of Mackenzie River, 1884-1891, First Bishop of Selkirk (Yukon), 1891-1906.
Author: Cody, Hiram A.
Reference #: 2148
Status: For Sale
List Price: $100.00
Musson, Toronto, (1908) and Seeley & Co., London. (xvii), 19-385 +  + 16 pp.; over 40 illustrations; map. [Smith, 1846; Lowther 1566 noting in particular “Bompas’ journey from Dunvegan to Metlahkatla and his visits to the Queen Charlotte Islands and the Nass River”; Peel 2913]. Dog sled motif in gilt on front boards. Gift inscription on ffep. VG+ overall.
While primarily based upon the Bishop’s journals and, therefore, with a distinctly clerical point of view, Cody’s narrative reads well, describing the people and places of the time. Augmented with so many photographs, the result is a valuable addition to the history of the areas traveled. The direct excerpts from his memoirs are often revealing: travelling up the Yukon River in 1873, and oblivious to what was shortly to upend the region, Bompas noted that “Gold has not yet been found in the Yukon, but I brought down with me good specimens of iron ore, of which there seems to be a great quantity close to the river’s bank. This may some day be utilized.” (p. 141)
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