Honorary Degree Books 2017

Dennis Anderson

Dennis Anderson has had a distinguished career serving Alberta and Canada as an MLA and as a prominent advocate for mental health. From 1979 to 1993, he served as deputy government house leader, held portfolios in three major ministries and led trade missions to Asia, Africa, and the United States. After leaving politics, Anderson took on the role of founding chair of the Alberta Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health and founded the Chimo Project, which uses trained therapy animals in hospitals and rehabilitation programs. He serves as Honorary Consul-General of Thailand and was honored by the King of Thailand in 2015 when he was awarded Commander in the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant. He has served as a director of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and as founding chair of the Lieutenant Governor's Circle on Mental Health and Addiction.

An image of&nbsp;<em>The English Governess at the Siamese Court; Being Recollections of Six Years in the Royal Palace at Bankok</em>&nbsp;by Anna Harriet Leonowens

Anna Harriet Leonowens. The English Governess at the Siamese Court; Being Recollections of Six Years in the Royal Palace at Bangkok. Boston: Fields, Osgoode, 1870.

The English Governess at the Siamese Court

Anna Leonowens’ memoir of her life as a governess in Thailand’s royal court in the 1860s continues to be well known today, thanks in part to the Rodgers and Hammerstein 1951 musical adaption (The King and I). This is a very good copy of the very rare first edition and features illustrations drawn from photographs provided to the author by King Mongkut. Mrs Leonowens was hired by the king to teach the royal children the English language, as well as science and literature, but not to attempt to convert them from Buddhism to Christianity. [DS 568 L58 1870b]                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Dr Jeanne Besner

In a career spanning more than 40 years, U of A alumna Jeanne Besner excelled as a clinical nurse, researcher, educator, policy developer and health-care administrator. She developed new models of health-care delivery based on her vision and focus on finding the most effective match between patients and practitioners. As president of the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses, Dr Besner helped to influence the shift from diploma to degree as the standard for entry to practice for registered nurses. She received the Alberta Centennial Award in 2005, a U of A Alumni Honour Award in 2007, and was named to the Order of Canada in 2011. 

An image of&nbsp;<em>Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not</em>&nbsp;by Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale. Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not. Boston: William Carter, 1860.

Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not

Florence Nightingale (1820–1910) is regarded as an icon in the nursing profession for her intellectual achievements and her outspoken advocacy for occupational reforms. She was also a prolific writer who worked tirelessly to influence the profession through books, letters, and public lectures. Nightingale became famous for leading a large team of nurses at an overseas hospital during the Crimean War, returning to London years later where she was celebrated as a national hero for her legendary accomplishments. Her Notes on Nursing (1859) was first published in England in 1859 and it was widely used to train nursing students and prepare them for professional work in the United Kingdom and abroad. This copy of Nightingale’s seminal text is a rare first edition American copy that includes a 16-page biographical sketch and a wood-engraved frontispiece depicting the author. [RT 40 N68 1860b]

The Honourable Jean Côté

A graduate of the U of A Faculty of Law, Court of Appeal Justice Jean Côté is a highly-respected legislator. Described by Alberta’s Chief Justice Catherine Fraser as, “totally selfless and without ego,” Côté is highly regarded for his unparalleled knowledge of the law. He has written a number of foundational books, most notably the first modern Canadian text on the law of contracts, as well as the Alberta Civil Procedure Encyclopedia and its companion, Civil Procedure Guide and Handbook. As a long-time member of the Rules of Court Committee, he has also left a profound mark on Alberta’s institutions of justice, helping to set the rules of the legal system for Alberta’s trial and appeal courts.

Confessions of an attorney

Samuel Warren. The Confessions of An Attorney. New York: Cornish, Lamport, 1852.

The Confessions of An Attorney 

The book’s preface advises readers that the subsequent “confessions” are attributed to the author of “The Experiences of a Barrister,” a work issued by the publishers of this volume, and they are both generally attributed to Samuel Warren, Esq. (1807–1877), author of “Ten Thousand A-Year” (1841). The Confessions of an Attorney features the attorney, Gustavus Sharp, as narrator and protagonist, who reflects on cases, lawyers, trials, and courts. Charles Dickens wrote journalistic pieces on English law and lawyers for his periodical Household Words, which are incorporated in this volume. This copy has been beautifully rebound in full morocco leather by Edmonton bookbinder Alexander J. McGuckin. [PR 5732 C74 1852]

William Eddins

As music director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Bill Eddins has attracted a growing audience for classical music with his eclectic program choices and focus on excellence. His charm, intelligence, and humour have made him adept at both the artistry of performing masterworks and the art of engaging the community in the fine arts. Before taking the helm of the ESO in 2005, Eddins held positions with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Ireland. He has also appeared as a guest conductor with orchestras around the world.

An image of&nbsp;<em>Alexander's Feast; or, the Power of Musick&nbsp;</em>by John Dryden

John Dryden. Alexander’s Feast; or, the Power of Musick. 1697. Adapt. Newburgh Hamilton. Composed by George Frideric Handel. London: Walsh, 1738.

Alexander's Feast; or, the Power of Musick

This is a lovely celebration of George Frideric Handel’s famous ode to the power of music. Handel composed the music in 1736 and Hamilton adapted Dryden’s ode, Alexander’s Feast; or, the Power of Music, published about 40 years earlier, for the libretto. In 1737, the publisher solicited subscriptions for the complete score of Alexander’s Feast, and in the following year he published it in a handsomely printed folio edition (i.e. oversized) with an engraved frontispiece featuring Handel’s portrait. While this copy lacks the frontispiece, it is in very good condition and is currently the only copy of this scarce publication in a Canadian library. Although the publication is not without errors—for example, the pagination skips p.167—it was the beginning of a long-term business relationship between the composer and his London publisher. [M 1530 H23 A37 1738 folio]

Sharon Firth

Olympic cross-country skier Sharon Firth was the first Indigenous woman elected to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. A member of the Gwich’in First Nation, she survived the residential school system to become a four-time Olympian, between 1972 and 1984, and to represent Canada in three world championships. An ambassador for sport and an adviser on youth programs for the government of the Northwest Territories, Firth was named to the Order of Canada in 1987 and received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 2005. She and her twin sister Shirley were inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

An image of <em>Official Report: III Olympic Winter Games, Lake Placid 1932&nbsp;</em>by George M. Lattimer

George M. Lattimer. Official Report: III Olympic Winter Games, Lake Placid 1932. New York: Olympic Winter Games Committee, [1932].

Official Report: III Olympic Winter Games

At the third Olympic Winter Games (1932) in Lake Placid, the Canadian Olympic team (38 men and 4 women) was ranked third, behind the United States and Norway, after winning a total of seven medals. It is a national record that would go unmatched until 1992. This is a first edition of the official report compiled by George Lattimer and features approximately 150 black and white photographs. Seventeen nations were represented by 115 entries in skiing, 32 in men’s speed skating, 10 in women’s speed skating, 45 in figure skating, 49 in hockey, 56 in bobsleigh, 13 in dog derby, and 32 in curling. Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie was the star athlete, and the 1932 games were notable for introducing the two-man bobsled and women’s speed skating. [GV 842 1932 035 1932]

Douglas Goss

U of A Alumnus Doug Goss is a passionate advocate for post-secondary education in Alberta. As U of A board chair from 2012 to 2015, he led an ambitious change agenda and became a public champion for government investment in the post-secondary sector during a time of budget constraint. During his tenure, the university’s endowment grew from $800 million to $1.2 billion. For his contributions as a lawyer and business leader and his community service to a wide variety of causes, Goss received the U of A’s Alumni Honour Award in 2002 and was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2013.

An image of&nbsp;<em>Under the Goal Posts</em> by Eddie Dooley

Eddie Dooley. Under the Goal Posts. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1933.

Under the Goal Posts

Edwin Dooley (1905–1982) was a radio personality and journalist who was well-known to sports fans through his sports radio broadcasts and articles in The New York Sun. His novel tells the story of Chuck Arnold who runs into difficulties playing football under a “roughneck” coach. The promotional blurb on the dust jacket promises a lively story that is fun to read: “How Chuck finally got a chance to show what he could do on the field and how the team was led to triumph by a coach with a heart, makes absorbing reading.” As a young man Dooley was enrolled in Fordham University’s School of Law where he completed his law degree, and he later went on to become chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission and a member of the New York State House of Representatives. This first edition copy of Dooley’s novel has the scarce dust jacket illustrated by James Y. Stowell; it depicts Chuck in action on the football field. [PS 3507 0586 U63 1933]

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, the 28th Governor General of Canada, is a lifelong champion of civic engagement and post-secondary education as evidenced by his career as a law professor and dean, principal of McGill University (1979-1994), president of the University of Waterloo (1999-2010), and as a statesman. Johnston has also devoted his time and energy to numerous government task forces and committees, as well as boards of corporations and community organizations. First appointed to the Order of Canada in 1988, he was named chancellor and principal and extraordinary companion of the order in 2013. 

An image of&nbsp;<em>Canada: The Foundations of Its Future</em> by Stephen Leacock

Stephen Leacock. Canada: The Foundations of Its Future. Montreal: House of Seagram, 1941.


Canada: Foundations of Its Future

Stephen Leacock (1869–1944) achieved literary fame for his serious work, especially in biography, but also for his humorous fiction, literary essays, and articles. He was a founding member of the Canadian Authors Association, which continues to operate in the present with a mandate to assist writers at all stages of their writing careers. Leacock’s books were popular in Canada, the United States, and England, and he was awarded the Royal Society of Canada’s Lorne Pierce Medal for literature in 1937, which bolstered his reputation as one of Canada’s finest and most accomplished writers. In Canada, Leacock wanted his readers to know that “any proper story of Canada, even in narrating the past, must open the windows of every outlook to the sunshine of the future” (xxix). He elaborates in his foreword: “We can best appreciate the present in the light of the past, and in the same light we can realize the measure of our duty and obligation towards the future” (xxvii). This limited edition copy is attractively bound in red morocco leather and it is signed by Leacock at the end of the foreword. [FC 163 L43 1941]

Bob McDonald

Bob McDonald is a long-time host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks and a respected science commentator. Throughout his career, McDonald has elucidated, with infectious enthusiasm, the latest discoveries in the world of science, including the political, social, environmental, and ethical implications of new developments in science and technology. Quirks and Quarks is an award-winning radio program that reaches an audience of 800,000 every week. Before Quirks and Quarks, McDonald hosted CBC TV’s Wonderstruck, a science program for children, upon which he based two books, Wonderstruck and Wonderstruck II. McDonald, an officer of the Order of Canada, has also authored a collection of essays, Measuring the Earth with a Stick: Science as I’ve Seen It, which was shortlisted for the Canadian Science Writers’ Book Award, as was his latest book, Canadian Spacewalkers.

Our friend the atom

Heinz Haber. The Walt Disney Story of Our Friend the Atom. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

The Walt Disney Story of Our Friend the Atom

This copiously illustrated book introduces readers to the wonders of atomic science. The colourful illustrations trace the history of atomic research, from Greek philosopher Democritus, who is remembered for giving us the word atomos, to Ernest Rutherford’s (1871–1937) discovery of the atomic nucleus. The illustrations were completed by 22 Walt Disney Productions artists who created well over a hundred pictures and diagrams in colour to simplify the language of atomic theory. Walt Disney (1901–1966) explains in his foreword that atomic projects are a high priority for his company: “The atom is our future. It is a subject everyone wants to understand, and so we long had plans to tell the story of the atom...we are planning to build a Hall of Science in the TOMORROWLAND section of DISNEYLAND where we will—among other things—-put up an exhibit of atomic energy. Then, our atomic projects at the Walt Disney Studios were two-fold: we produced a motion picture and this book, so that we could tell you this important story in full detail” (11). This is a first edition with an appealing dust jacket that has an eye-catching and retro design. [QC 778 H33 1956]

Dave Mowat

An Albertan by birth, Dave Mowat returned to his home province in 2007 to become president and CEO of ATB Financial. Since then, he has driven the successful growth of a company that now ranks as Canada’s eighth largest bank and holds more than $43 billion in assets. Mowat's commitment to creating an engaging and inclusive workplace extends beyond ATB to his service on the boards of organizations including the United Way, STARS, and the Citadel Theatre. It also extends to his support for numerous causes, particularly LGBTQ issues—support that literally shines from ATB’s downtown Edmonton headquarters during events such as Pride Week.

An image of<em>&nbsp;<span id="docs-internal-guid-0e0f9749-1832-090a-b520-74aafd2376d1">A Manual of Foreign Exchanges, Monies, Weights, and Measures; With Explanations of the Courses of Exchange, and Tables of the Value of Foreign Monies, Examples of Foreign Bills, with Various Tables for Reducing Foreign Money to Sterling, &amp;c. &amp;c. Intended As An Assistant to the Counting-House. Compiled Chiefly from Real Business</span></em>

A Manual of Foreign Exchanges, Monies, Weights, and Measures; With Explanations of the Courses of Exchange, and Tables of the Value of Foreign Monies, Examples of Foreign Bills, with Various Tables for Reducing Foreign Money to Sterling, &c. &c. Intended As An Assistant to the Counting-House. Compiled Chiefly from Real Business. Glasgow, 1820.  


A Manual of Foreign Exchanges, Monies, Weights, and Measures

This important financial handbook documents early nineteenth-century international commerce and trade. Under the heading “British America” is a detailed description of currency exchange in Canada: “Dollars are the Current money of Canada, bearing a value of 5 Shillings Currency: they have also Joes and half Joes, worth about £ 3.12 and £1.16 Sterling.” A search of OCLC’s WorldCat, an extensive database of information about the world’s library collections, reveals that this book is held by only four libraries, highlighting its extreme scarcity. This copy has the bookplate and stamps of Francis Philip Nash and the signature of Henry Lindsay on the title page, which offer us some useful information on previous owners. The book is modestly bound in marbled paper boards with a brown cloth spine. [HG 3851 M36 1820]

Firoz Rasul

Firoz Rasul’s background as an engineer, entrepreneur and community developer has served him in good stead as president of Aga Khan University. After a stellar business career in Canada that saw him turn two startups into world leaders in wireless communications and clean fuel cells, Rasul took on the challenge of leading a global university based in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and the United Kingdom. In his eleven years as president, Rasul has been instrumental in developing a rich partnership with the University of Alberta and has created opportunities for exchange and collaboration for students, professors, and researchers at both universities. 

An image of&nbsp;<em>Islamic Bookbindings</em> by Friedrich Sarre

Friedrich Sarre. Islamic Bookbindings. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1923.


Islamic Bookbindings

This handsome folio volume with numerous tipped-in plates (i.e. illustrations) of Islamic bookbindings is a welcome addition to the burgeoning collection of rare books about the history of bookbinding in Bruce Peel Special Collections. In his preface, Friedrich Sarre explains that few works are in existence which introduce readers to the beautiful bindings of Islamic books, and so he aims at encouraging people to appreciate these bookbindings for their artistic significance. His book draws upon the resources of the Islamic collection of the Kaiser Friedrich Museum and a private collection in Berlin to show how Islamic bindings convey meaning through the splendour of their decoration, structure, and ornamentation. This limited edition copy of Sarre’s handsome book includes the publisher’s slipcase and scarce dust jacket. [Z 269 S2413 1923 folio]

Dr Saida Rasul

Dr Saida Rasul has devoted her life and career as a dentist to improving lives for those less fortunate. A longtime volunteer and donor with the United Way, she was integral in securing an $18-million provincial grant to establish British Columbia’s Success by 6 program focused on developing healthy children and families. Dr Rasul is also involved with the Rotary Club, the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Aga Khan Foundation, among many others. Most recently, she worked with faculty members in the U of A’s School of Dentistry to set up dental hygiene programs offered through Aga Khan University in East Africa and Pakistan.

An image of&nbsp;<em>The Natural History of the Human Teeth: Explaiing their Structurem Use, Formation, Growth, and Diseases</em> by John Hunter

John Hunter. The Natural History of the Human Teeth: Explaining their Structure, Use, Formation, Growth, and Diseases. Published with A Practical Treatise on the Diseases of the Teeth. London: J.          Johnson, 1803.


The Natural History of the Human Teeth

John Hunter (1728-1793) was an innovative surgeon and anatomist who insisted that all procedures and therapies should be tried and tested and that practitioners should continually review their work, update their methods, and learn from their mistakes. A sought-after surgeon and an influential educator, Hunter’s writings exerted considerable influence over many decades. First published in 1771, this is the third edition of The Natural History of Human Teeth, a detailed study of the mouth, jaws, and teeth complete with accurate copperplate illustrations, and the first edition to be published with A Practical Treatise on the Diseases of the Teeth. It features 16 engraved plates and a nineteenth-century half morocco binding. [RK 50 H94 1803]

Anne Smith

Anne Smith, president and CEO of the United Way of Alberta Capital Region, has spent 40 years bringing pervasive community problems to the forefront of public awareness in an effort to improve the lives of vulnerable people. Since 1995, the organization has engaged more than 5,000 volunteers and created a shared vision aimed at “Creating Pathways Out of Poverty” for more than 123,000 people in the region. Smith has chaired or co-chaired United Way task groups at the national level and served on the boards of numerous community organizations focused on affordable housing, homelessness, and mental health, including the End Poverty Edmonton initiative.

An image of&nbsp;<em>Improvements in Education as it Respects the Industrious Classes</em> by Joseph Lancaster

Joseph Lancaster. Improvements in Education as it Respects the Industrious Classes. London: Darton & Harvey, 1805.


Improvements in Education as it Respects the Industrious Classes

An innovative and influential educator, Joseph Lancaster (1778-1838) had a deep personal commitment to bettering the condition of the poor, and this led him to offer free education. A sign in his schoolroom read: “All who will may send their children and have them educated freely, and those who do not wish to have education for nothing may pay for it if they please.” Since he could not afford to hire assistants to help him cope with large numbers of students, Lancaster pioneered what came to be well-known in Britain and North America as the “Lancasterian approach” to mass education in which the focus is on core curriculum (reading, writing, and arithmetic) and the more proficient students tutor the less proficient students. In this volume, three very early editions of Lancaster’s most influential publications are bound together: Improvements in Education (1805), Of the Education of the Poor (1809), and A Letter to John Foster, Chancellor of the Exchequer for Ireland, on the Best Means of Educating and Employing the Poor in that Country (1805). [LB 675 L24 1805]


Tricia Smith

Tricia Smith is a lawyer, businesswoman, and a four-time Olympic rower. She received a silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games, a gold medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games, and seven medals at the World Championships. Her many honours and awards include the Order of Canada and membership in the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. Since 2015, she has been president of the Canadian Olympic Committee, and she was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee in 2016. Smith is vice-president of the International Rowing Federation (FISA), and has played a key role in FISA’s anti-doping policies and in the drafting of statutes, rules, and regulations. A recipient of an “In Her Footsteps” Award from the BC Sports Hall of Fame for leadership in women’s sport, she has led the charge in bolstering female participation—whether it be competing, coaching, officiating or administration—in the sport of rowing.

History of Furnival sculling club

Elizabeth Carter. A History of Furnivall Sculling Club, 1896-2004. Deddington: Elmore Press, 2006.

A History of Furnivall Sculling Club

Based on the River Thames at Hammersmith, the Furnivall Sculling Club for Girls was founded in 1896 by 71-year-old Dr Frederick Furnivall. Although membership was extended to men in 1901, the club continued to restrict captaincy to female members for the first half of the twentieth century. Noting that Dr Furnivall rowed regularly throughout his life, right up until his death at age 85, the club’s website characterizes him as “the ultimate enthusiast; passionate about social justice and personal health.” A wonderful addition to the Peel library, this is a first edition of Elizabeth Carter’s history of the world’s first sculling club for women. It features a large number of historic and contemporary photographs from several members’ personal collections. [GV 795 C37 2006]

Dr Marie Wilson

Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Dr Marie Wilson cultivated her passion for telling the stories of Indigenous peoples in a 30-year career as a journalist and broadcaster. Her efforts to tell those stories include launching the first daily television news service for northern Canada, developing the Arctic Winter Games and the True North Concert Series to showcase northern talent, and serving on the board of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. One of three commissioners of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Dr Wilson helped bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together in comprehending the injustices of the residential school system and in seeking a new relationship of mutual understanding and respect.

An image of&nbsp;<em>Re-emergence</em> by Mike Dangeli

Mike Dangeli. Re-emergence. 2002. Serigraph print. Bruce Peel Special Collections, Edmonton.



In the Commission’s final report, a photograph of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Alberta National Event (March 2014) shows a drum made by Nisga’a artist Mike Dangeli being presented by “Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal representatives from 4Rs Youth Movement … as an expression of reconciliation” (10). Dangeli founded an art and carving studio in Vancouver called the House of Culture where he takes a holistic approach to teaching traditional art to urban Aboriginal youth. Himself a versatile artist, Dangeli has made masks, drums, regalia, paintings, silk-screened prints, totem poles, and a thirty-foot ocean worthy canoe. This limited edition serigraph print (90/100) celebrates the idea of re-emergence. It is a lovely addition to the Peel library’s collections. [NE 542.3 D36 A74 2002 folio]

Dr Shing-Tung Yau

Dubbed “the emperor of math” by The New York Times, Dr Shing-Tung Yau has revealed the shape of space from the subatomic world of string theory to the astronomical dimensions of the known universe. He is perhaps most famous for solving a geometric conundrum known as the Calabi conjecture, an achievement that had a profound impact not only on geometry, but also on theoretical physics. The recipient of numerous awards and honours, including the Fields Medal in 1982, the MacArthur Fellowship in 1985, and the Wolf Prize in Mathematics in 2010, Yau is currently director of Harvard’s Center of Mathematical Sciences and Applications.   

An image of&nbsp;<em><span id="docs-internal-guid-0e0f9749-185d-1095-e19d-47a094bb0fb5">A Mathematical Compendium; or Useful Practices in Arithmetick, Geometry, and Astronomy, Geography and Navigation, Embattelling, and Quartering of Armies, Fortification and Gunnery, Gauging and Dyalling</span></em><span id="docs-internal-guid-0e0f9749-185d-1095-e19d-47a094bb0fb5"> by Sir Jonas Moore</span>

Sir Jonas Moore. A Mathematical Compendium; or Useful Practices in Arithmetick, Geometry, and Astronomy, Geography and Navigation, Embattelling, and Quartering of Armies, Fortification and Gunnery, Gauging and Dyalling. London, 1705.


A Mathematical Compendium

Born in Lancashire, England in 1617, Jonas Moore was a teacher of mathematics who wrote an influential textbook titled Moore’s Arithmetick (1650). Later in life he became involved with the founding and operation of the Royal Mathematical School of Christ’s Hospital. Moore was also an accomplished surveyor, receiving a prestigious appointment to the position of Surveyor General of the Ordnance in 1669, and, for his substantial contributions to mathematics, he was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society in 1674. This fourth edition copy of Moore’s Mathematical Compendium has a special bookplate noting the name of mathematics teacher William Mountaine Esq. F.R.S., who presented the book to Burnt Yates School in North Yorkshire in 1775. [QA 33 M66 1705]