The Young Woodsman.

By J Macdonald Oxley

Printed: 1895

Publisher: T Nelson & Sons. London

Dimensions 13 × 19 × 2 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 13 x 19 x 2

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Blue cloth binding with gilt title on the spine and the front board.

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A book still deserving to be read by the younger teenage boy.

First Edition: Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First Edition / First Print. Hardback copy in light blue patterned cloth boards with gold gilt lettering to front and spine, no dust jacket as issued. 156pp + 4pp book catalogue to rear. B/w frontispiece, floral endpapers. Not a library copy.

James Macdonald Oxley (October 22, 1855 – September 9, 1907) was a Canadian writer of juvenile fiction.

Oxley was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the son of the merchant James Black Oxley and Ellen Macdonald. He was educated at Halifax Grammar School and Dalhousie University where he graduated with a B.A. in 1874, earning honors in mental and moral philosophy. During this time he served as assistant editor for the Dalhousie Gazette. He was called to the bar in 1874, studied law at Harvard University in 1876–77, then was awarded a LL.B. from Halifax University in 1878.

He practised the legal profession in Halifax for five years before joining the Ottawa Department of Marine and Fisheries as a legal adviser. On June 10, 1880 he was married to Mary Morrow. From 1880–83, in addition to his regular job, he worked as editor for the Nova Scotia Decisions. In 1882 he edited Admiralty Decisions. Oxley was a reporter at the House of Assembly from 1881–83. He became a manager for the Sun Life Assurance Company in 1891. During his leisure moments, he began writing a series of juvenile fiction books for boys. His works were based on historical events in Canada and the U.S., with a focus on travel and adventure.

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