The New Far West and The Old Far East – Being Notes of a Tour in North America, Japan, China, Ceylon, Etc. With Maps and Illustrations. [Including an Appendix on the Supplementary Treaty of Commerce between the United States and Japan].
London, Edward Stanford, 1889. Quarto. Frontispiece, X, 316 pages with three large fold-out-maps in colour and eight illustrations in black-and-white. Hardcover / Stunning 19th century prize-binding in beautiful full tan calf bearing the Arms of Monmouth Grammar School [with their Motto “Serve and Obey”]. Inscription and embossed stamp of Monmouth – Grammar School to endpaper. Dedicated by Headmaster C.M.Roberts to former pupil W.A.Lamb in July 1890. Excellent condition with only minor signs of wear.
The three fold-out-maps in colour include:
1. The New Far West from Lake Superior to Vancouver Island
2. A Key Map to the Neighbourhood of Yokohama, Japan
3. A Map of the World, showing the Author’s Route
1. A Jinrikisha at Yokohama
2. Ox Wagons starting for Cariboo
3. Gorge on the Fraser River
4. Binscarth Farm, Manitoba
5. Fuji-Ama, Japan
6. Kiga, Near Myanoshita, Japan
7. A Party at Nikko, Japan
8. Ascent to a Shogun’s Tomb
Contents include several chapters in which Barneby reports in detail about his Travels:
I. Tornoto to Winnipeg – Canadian Pacific Railway
II. Winipeg to Banff and Donald, over the Rocky Mountains – Canadian Pacific Railway
III. Donald to Revelstoke, over the Selkirk Range – Canadian Pacific Railway
IV. Revelstoke over the Gold Range and Cascade Range to Vancouver City
V. Vancouver City, British Columbia
VI. Lulu Island and Capilano Creek
VII. The Park Like Lands of the Fertile Belt – Manitoba – Binscarth
VIII. The Park Like Lands of the Fertile Belt – Manitoba – Langenburg – Churchbridge – Solsgirth
IX. The Park Like Lands of the Fertile Belt – Manitoba – Shoal Lake – Minnedosa – Rapid City – Neepawa
X. Victoria, Vancouver Island – British Columbia
XI. Victoria, B.C. to San Francisco
XII. The PAcific Ocean – Yokohama, Japan
Chapters XIII – XVII are all about Japan
XVIII. Hong Kong – Canton
XIX. Hong Kong – Ceylon
XXI. En Route Home
Appendix A – The Riel Rebellion [Louis Riel v. General Sir F. Middleton]
Appendix B – Report from the Hereford Times, February 23rd, 1889, by John Gwillim
Appendix C – On the Supplementary Treaty of Commerce between the United States and Japan
Appendix D – The Birth of a Constitution [The Japanese Constitution]
Appendix D includes several interesting sections: “England’s Position in Japan” / Japan and the Powers / Russia and Japan / Recent Legislation of the Canadian Government on the Land Regulations of Manitoba
Henry Barneby was an independently wealthy member of the British aristocracy. He briefly served in the 58th Regiment of the British Army (1862-1864) and in 1865 he married Alice Mary Hicks-Beach (1847-1933). They subsequently had 10 children, two of whom died very young.
Henry travelled around the world in the 1880s. During his 1883 trip, he was accompanied by two close friends: Mersey Clive and Arthur Mitchell. They left England on May 10 – stopping at the Bell Farm on July 21 and 22, en route across North America in a private Midland Railway rail car. This travelling party included nine people, plus an undisclosed number of unnamed servants. After the Bell Farm visit, Barneby and his companions travelled the Qu’Appelle region and then went on to Regina, where they were interviewed by Nicholas Flood Davin, publisher of the “Regina Leader”. His report was printed in the July 26, 1883 edition.
Alas, Meysey Bolton Clive, of Whitfield Court, Herefordshire, contracted typhoid during the trip and died on August 11th in Winnipeg, en route back to England. Barneby, Mitchell and Clive’s body arrived in Liverpool on Aug 26th or 27th, about two weeks earlier than originally planned.
Meanwhile, Alice converted Henry’s travel notes and letters into a book: “Life and Labour in the Far, Far West”, which he published in 1884. He also published at least four other books between 1884 and 1889 [among them the here present title]. Henry died in 1914 at age 71; Alice died in 1833 at age 86. (Source: Bellbarn.CA).