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Author: [Charles Mair] Fraser, A.[nnie] Ermatinger


Reference #: 1722

Status: For Sale

List Price: $60.00

Published as an offprint from Queen’s Quarterly, in stapled red card covers. Pp. [2] 440-450 + [3]; n.d. (but circa 1927). Near Fine.

Mair (1838-1927) was a poet, a journalist with the Montreal Gazette, and a member of the ‘Canada First’ movement. “In celebration this summer of Canada’s sixtieth birthday, many in that country remembered one man, whose life, of now nearly ninety years, has been interwoven with the political development, the expansion in territory, the most fundamental industries, and the literature of the broad Dominion – Charles Mair.” A biographical sketch with excerpts from his writing.

This copy is notable for the inscription on the title page: “Given me by Miss Fraser of Victoria in memory of A. Ermatinger Fraser. Aug. 1930”. “Miss Fraser” would be the author of this work. Born in 1873, she passed away on June 17th of 1930; hence, we can only understand this inscription as memorializing a gift from her to the previous owner. She lived in Victoria, thereafter, following a residence in Seattle, resided in Vancouver where she taught at King Edward High School. (cf. The Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography, 4th Revised Edition, p. 443 and the Simon Fraser University digitized collections for A. Ermatinger Fraser.) Uncommon.

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