Montreal: Lovell & Gibson, Printers, St. Nicholas Street, 1847. First edition in English. Upper wrapper and first four leaves stained; some light wear and soiling; a good copy. Item #20010
The edition in French, Manuel de la société de Tempérance, was published the same year—and published while Chiniquy was a leading force for Canadian temperance, and indeed while he was still both a Roman Catholic priest and a Canadian. (He later emigrated to Illinois, left the church, and became an anti-Catholic Protestant activist.) Besides a wealth of Canadian anecdotal content, the rear wrapper also includes a typographical-graphic concrete prose poem, “The Drunkard’s Tree.” Modern bookplate on the inside front wrapper, with that owner’s modern ink signature on the title page.