Date Published: 1694, 1955, 1994
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Pierre Berton / Farley Mowat three association collection (inscribed and provenance) items. The three items are all personally connected to these two Canadian literary giants. Born less than a year apart, Berton and Mowat were passionate story tellers of non-fiction and popular culture. They were the best of friends with Jack McClelland, their flamboyant publisher. Their own relationship blew hot and cold.
Two Farley Mowat related items;
1) The Regiment. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1955. First edition. Dark grey cloth in slightly chipped dust jacket. Very good condition. xix, , 312 pp., maps in text. Mowat's riveting account of his service during WWII with the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment in Sicily, Italy, and Northwestern Europe. Signed on the half title: “For Pierre | the only good book written | by Farley Mowat”.
2) Typed letter signed (TLS) to Clyde Gilmour (a Canadian broadcaster and journalist), 31 October 1994. Calls Gilmour “a good s.o.b.”, thanks him for a record, complains about Disney, and jokes about Nookie Cookies. Pierre Berton provenance, related item;
Fox, George, 1624-1691. A Journal, or Historical Account of the Life, Travels, Sufferings, Christian Experiences and Labour of Love in the Work of the Ministry of that Ancient, Eminent and Faithful Servant of Jesus Christ. London: Printed for Thomas Northcott in George-Yard, in Lombard-Street, 1694.
Multiple provenance: on title page, “Walter Tothills Book Bedford Street London”; on front free endpaper, “Thomas Thompson Grocer | Appleby | 16th of the 8th month 1813 | Tho. Thompson | Liverpool | 1845 | to his son | Wm. Thompson”; obtained from the Pierre Berton estate. Thomas Phillips Thompson, Pierre Berton’s grandfather, was a journalist, author, and labour organizer. The first volume. Wing F1854. , xviii, 632 [i.e. 729],  p.; (fol.). Paging irregular: nos. 188-288 repeated, nos. 424-427 omitted. Signatures: 1 leaf unsigned, A-M2, [N4?] (sig. [N12?] wanting) a4, b2. B-Z4, Aa-Oo4, Pp2, Aaa-Zzz4, [Aaaa]-Eeee4 (sig. Aaaa4 wanting) Ffff6, Aaaaa-Zzzzz4, Aaaaaa-Bbbbbb4, Cccccc2, Dddddd-Gggggg2. Preface by William Penn. “Testimony of Margaret Fox” (Fox’s wife, née Fell), p. i-ix. Vol. 2 (not present) was issued with title: Collection of Many Select and Christian Epistles... London: T. Sowle, 1698. Rebound beautifully in half black leather on spine and corners, gold tooling and stamping as wellon the spine, with new marbled paper boards. New endpapers and head bands. Handsomely restored, minor staining on title leaf, a few leaves missing small pieces, otherwise in very good original condition.
George Fox was an English dissenter and preacher, who was a principal founder of the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as the Quakers. In an attempt to expand the Quaker movement, he travelled throughout Britain and undertook tours of North America and the Low Countries. He was persecuted and imprisoned several times in his life. Parliament came close to executing him, but did not do so since he would have been regarded as a martyr for the Quaker cause. Edited by Thomas Ellwood, a friend and associate of John Milton, Fox’s journal was constructed from a number of sources and not written contemporaneously to the events it describes. Parts of the journal were in fact not written by Fox at all but were constructed by its editor(s) from diverse sources and written as if by Fox.
This collection on consignment with LDRB.