University of Alberta Press

Book details

Publication date: July 2012
Features: Facsimile edition, red leatherette binding, gold foil on cover and spine, hand-numbered, limited edition of 750 copies, colour printing for seven pages of flag signals, foreword, 22 pages of original advertisements
Series: Bruce Peel Special Collections
Keywords: Paramilitary History;Frontier;Camping
Subject(s): HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, Paramilitary History;Frontier;Camping, HISTORY / Military / Other, Military History, History
Publisher(s): Bruce Peel Special Collections

Roger Pocock. Roger Pocock was an inveterate, world-ranging traveller who crossed paths with many influential people. Missionary, writer, pirate, soldier, and cowboy, he loved Canada the best, after his native Britain.

"One of the great successes of the Legion was the publication in 1909 of The Frontiersman’s Pocket Book. This was intended to be, and was, the ultimate survival book for anyone living or working in the wilder places of the world. There were many contributors from men, and the occasional woman, who were well-known in their day, although many have now faded into obscurity. In addition, it contained advice on such things as how to capture and detain a fugitive as well as clear instructions on demolitions – blowing up bridges, trains etc., so it was also an ideal handbook for guerrillas or irregular troops. There were several pages of well-drawn recognition silhouettes of warships, including both British and French as well as German ships. Each and every page of the book is crammed with extraordinary and surprising advice."

Geoffrey Pocock, Soldiers of the Queen


"Subjects covered include the Legion itself, navigation, weather, hunting and trapping, weapons, kit, clothing, knotting and splicing, making biltong and pemmican, the tropics, the Yukon, merchant navy career, ‘women on the frontier’, pack transport, boats, reconnaissance, tracking, shooting, signalling, bridge demolition, railway sabotage, warship recognition, motorboats and motorcars in war. baptism, marriage, hygiene, medical treatment 'when no doctor can be obtained' (not for the squeamish), and burial.... The Frontiersman’s Pocket-Book is a fascinating compendium..."

Roger T. Stearn, Soldiers of the Queen


"In 1909 an amazing handbook was produced, The Frontiersman's Pocket Book. Reprinted in 1911 and 1914 it was an immediate success, not only with Frontiersmen. Contributors were Frontiersmen, many famous at that time, who had travelled the world in many trades. In recent years, second-hand copies have been so sought after that they have fetched many hundreds of pounds on the second-hand market. Fortunately, the University of Alberta, which holds many original Frontiersmen archives, have re-printed this and it can be easily bought at a reasonable price. Although dated in many respects, it is still the one book that should be with anyone surviving outdoors without proper supplies and support. Every page is full of a mass of useful information."

Geoffrey Pocock, Skirmish Magazine

ISBNs: 9781551952970 978-1-55195-297-0 Title: the frontiersmans pocket-book