Place Published: New York
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
Date Published: 1906
Edition: 2nd Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
SIGNED WLMK PRESENTATION COPY
2nd edition. 12mo., 161pp., The book is inscribed by W.L. MacKenzie King on the front free endpaper, at Ottawa, in 1911. Olive cloth lettered in gilt, 161 pages. Some light external wear including some rubbing to the spine ends, good hinges, clean pages, free from other names or markings. Untrimmed deckle paper edges, a couple of pages with small corner folds. Book is in very good condition otherwise. The first book written by Canada’s politician William Lyon Mackenzie King, later to become Canada’s tenth Prime Minister.
Presentation copy inscription: To Russell George Halstead With the best wishes of his friend WL MacKenzie King Ottawa March 27-11"
Halstead was born on 3 Dec. 1895 at Waterloo, Ontario. He married Grace Louisa Sykes on 27 June 1923 in Alberta.
This is the story King’s good friend Henry Albert "Bert" Harper ( 1873-1901) who saved a young girl's life but lost his own. "Bert" had also began courting King's younger sister, Jennie in 1900. King participated in a public subscription to raise a statue in Harper's honour and who was the inspiration for the statue of Sir Galahad which stands before the Parliament buildings in Ottawa. The young woman, Bessie Blair, fell through the ice of the Ottawa River. Harper’s death affected King greatly and the result was this first book.
"He knew the importance of earning a reputation for being non-partisan and with the help of his university friend Henry Albert "Bert" Harper, whom he appointed assistant editor, the [Labour] Gazette soon became a respected reference," "In the Gatineau hills of Quebec, north of Ottawa, he and Bert Harper had long walks, were enchanted by the area around Lac Kingsmere, read uplifting literature, and shared their spiritual concerns. Their friendship ended in December 1901 when Harper died trying to save a young woman from drowning. King wrote a touching memoir, The secret of heroism, but he never again gave himself over to a close friendship. " quoted from DCB online
Very Good. Item #4266