OTTAWA RIVER CANALS And The Defense of British North America.

Toronto, Buffalo & London: University of Toronto Press. [1988]. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth titled in silver on spine panel. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Dr. W.F Walford (Wally) - good friend & valiant (and patient) supporter of this work (see 291). Gratefully, R. Legget". The author has also signed the title page. 308 pp, Index, plates. Near fine copy in like dust wrapper. ¶ History of the small canals built from 1819 to 1834 between Carillon and Grenville, Quebec by the British Army, to provide a navigable waterway for transportation of troops following the War of 1812, when an America Invasion was a serious possibility. The inscription refers to the acknowledgement on page 291 to Dr. W.F. Walford who assisted with "long standing interest and encouragement but especially by his masterly and comprehensive critique of a first draft of the text". Laid into the book are a note from the author to the recipient stating basically "At Last!"; a "with the compliments of" slip from the author; a one-page TLS from the author; a 3-page ALS from the author to the recipient, dated 1985; a printed pamphlet tribute / obituary of the author's wife dated 1984; a Christmas card dated 1993, signed by the author; and an original old photograph (removed from a photo album) of "The Old Locks", depicting (presumably) one of the locks on the canals described in the book. Certainly, a choice and unique copy. Near Fine in Dust Jacket. Item #4006

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