Lot 336 of 703:
Scarce volume on Vancouver Island Indians  

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Scenes and Studies of Savage Life

Sproat, Gilbert Malcolm


Smith, Elder and Co.



xii, 317 pp. plus advertisements. (8vo) 19x12.2 cm (7½x4¾”), original green cloth gilt title on spine.

A scarce volume with valuable information on Vancouver Island Indians, including an alphabetical list of words from the Aht language used by Indians on the west coast of the island

The author, a Scotsman, trained for the Civil Service but arrived in British Columbia in 1860 with two shiploads of sawmill equipment.  After holding various official posts, he retired to Victoria.

Lot Amendments

Top of spine frayed; edges bumped; front hinge cracked; library stamps on title page and top edge, bookplate on verso of ffep; lacking rear fep.

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