Buffalo: A. W. Wilgus, 1843. First edition. Hardcover. Wait was a participant in the Rebellion of 1837-38 in Canada and was convicted of high treason and condemned to death; his sentence was later commuted to exile at "Van Dieman's Land" (Tasmania) from which he escaped with the assistance of "the benevolent Americans who delivered me from the horrors of slavery". The letters describe prison life during the period.
Period note in ink at front end paper states book is "No. 62, distributed in Canisteo (NY) and Hawaii [?].
8vo, 356 pp, frontispiece, b&w folding map. Original full sheep, gilt title "Wait's Narrative" on red at spine. Boards rubbed. Internally, folding map, ruffled at foredge and lacking 1/4" of right border, replaced with a facsimile strip loosely inserted. The map includes the full outline of Tasmania; the facsimile strip is only part of the ocean. Howes W16; Sabin 100969. OCLC: 797041404. Good + overall. Item #24541