Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New/old book on the siege of Quebec

Those hardy souls still with us on the long march to the Plains of Abraham will have noted our drawings from from the anonymous journal of the siege by the royal supply clerk, who provides much of the best information on the conditions of life within the besieged town of Quebec.

Les Presses de l'Université Laval has recently re-published the journal in a handsome new edition. Well, sort of new. It's really the edition of 1922 with Aegidius Fauteux's brief introduction and his copious footnotes, rather than a new scholarly edition. But the previous one is not only eighty-seven years gone, it was a private edition of just 250 copies, apparently. So welcome back.

Interestingly, you can either order it as a printed paper book or download it as a .pdf. The price is identical: $24.94. But the same Fauteux edition of the journal, having gone out of print and out of copyright, is also available free online from the digital history repository Our Roots/Nos Racines. So the market for the .pdf among the web-savvy may be small.
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