Honorary Degree Books 2019
Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina
Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, president of the African Development Bank Group, has dedicated his life to helping feed Africa. For more than 30 years, he has spearheaded policies to increase investment in agriculture and give farmers access to financing and credit, improved seeds, and fertilizers. As agriculture minister in Nigeria from 2010–2015, he ended decades of corruption in the fertilizer industry, brought in a new rice breed that helped the country become self-sufficient, and developed an "e-wallet" system that provided microloans to more than 15 million farmers. In 2017, he received the top international award in agriculture, the World Food Prize.
Things Fall Apart
Born in Nigeria, Chinua Achebe (1930–2013) is commonly regarded as "the father of modern African literature." He is revered today for his prodigious output of literary achievements, but he was also greatly admired by contemporaries throughout his career as a writer and professor of English; Achebe received dozens of honorary doctorates from universities around the world. Reviewing Things Fall Apart in African Affairs in 1958, Mercedes Mackay has said that Achebe's original work stands on its own: "This powerful first novel breaks new ground in Nigerian fiction. Most of the European novels about West Africa have been superficially humorous, or grimly serious. … but now at last a Nigerian writer has appeared who can give us a straightforward, penetrating and absolutely honest picture of African village life before the advent of the first missionaries" (242-43). Things Fall Apart is Achebe's first novel, and this copy is the true first edition and first printing, and what makes it especially desirable for a rare book collection is its attractively designed dust jacket, which in this case shows only minimal evidence of wear. [PR 6051 C52 T44 1958]
Allan Gordon Bell
Allan Gordon Bell is an internationally recognized classical composer whose award-winning works have been featured throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He has created music for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, orchestra, band, and electroacoustic media, as well as scores for contemporary dance productions and an opera. From 1996 to 2006, Bell designed and supervised the Young Composers program for the Esther Honens Foundation. He has twice served as president of the national board of the Canadian Music Centre, and he is a recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a member of the Order of Canada.
Sounds and Reflections
This selection of John Weinzweig's essays and lectures, punctuated with the score of his Impromptus for Piano, was printed in a limited edition by hand on a Chandler & Price press by Bill Poole. In the colophon at the back of the book, Poole reports that he first studied with Weinzweig at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto in September 1939, that he continues to be a big influence on his thinking and values after more than fifty years. Imagined as a tribute to the profound and lasting relationship between teacher and student, Poole admits that he "will never be able to repay Professor Weinzweig, but by printing this book he had a lot of fun trying." The text is a reflection on composing, performing, and teaching music that is inspired by the idea of musical impromptus, defined here as "a set of fragments . . . without chronology—a juxtaposition of thematic quotations from the composer's own work with interpolations of musical memories from years past." [ML 63 W424 1990 folio]
Dr Carol Cass
Carol Cass, professor emerita of oncology and adjunct professor of biochemistry at the U of A, has made lasting contributions to cancer research and treatment. As chair of the U of A's oncology department, she oversaw its growth and the development of its research and postgraduate training programs. She also served as director of the Cross Cancer Institute and vice-president of the former Alberta Cancer Board. Her achievements have been recognized by many awards, including election as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2018, she received the Alberta Medical Association's Medal of Honour for contributions to quality health care in Alberta.
The jacket copy of this first edition book did not exaggerate when it claimed that "Oklahoma! is one of the great American musical plays of our generation. It is now entering upon its second capacity year in New York, and, from the look of things, will continue for five years more!" The text is an adaptation of Lynn Riggs' play, Green Grow the Lilacs, which was performed on Broadway in 1931. Even for the uninitiated, Oklahoma! is a compelling musical that brings a smile to your face. The book was bound in light green cloth with an attractive design of red and blue cowboy boots on the front board. It also has a photographic frontispiece and several photographs of the original Broadway production. This copy has the scarce dust jacket that is rarely found in very good or better condition. [ML 50 R67 O4 1943]
Esi Edugyan has emerged as one of Canada's foremost authors over a remarkably short time. Through her exploration of black migration and the struggle for respect in predominantly white cultures, she has made an indelible mark on Canadian literature. Her first novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, was set in Amber Valley, Alberta, and was shortlisted for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award in 2005. Her second novel, Half-Blood Blues (2011), won the Giller Prize. Her third novel, Washington Black (2018), also won the Giller Prize, making Edugyan only the third writer to win the award twice.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
This is the first autobiographical account of slavery in America from a woman's perspective to be published in book form, and the only copy of the important first edition to be housed in a Canadian library. Written over several years and published pseudonymously, Harriet Ann Jacobs offers a chilling account of her life as a slave and her harrowing escape in the hopes that she can "arose the women of the North to a realizing sense of the condition of two millions of women at the South" (6). In her brief introduction, editor Maria Child directly addresses the special challenges of writing about sexuality and motherhood in the context of slavery, "I am well aware that many will accuse me of indecorum for presenting these pages to the public; for the experiences of this intelligent and much-injured woman belong to a class which some call delicate subjects, and others indelicate. This peculiar phase of Slavery has generally been kept veiled; but the public ought to be made acquainted with its monstrous features . . . for the sake of [our] sisters in bondage, who are suffering wrongs so foul that our ears are too delicate to listen" (8). [E 444 J17 1861]
CEO of the Edmonton Community Foundation, Martin Garber-Conrad is committed to improving the lives of Edmonton's inner-city residents. Under his leadership since 2005, the foundation now grants more than $20 million each year to local charities. An adjunct professor in the Faculty of Extension, he played a key role in developing the Community-University Partnership to bridge the knowledge of the U of A and the community, and he was influential in establishing the U of A's community service-learning program. He has received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, and in 2004, he was named an Edmontonian of the Century as part of the city's centennial celebrations.
An Outline of the Various Social Systems & Communities Which Have Been Founded on the Principle of Co-operation
Mary Hennell was a prominent intellectual and reformer who brought important ideas about co-operative movements and utopian systems to progressive audiences and readerships in Britain and beyond. Hennell's aim for her ambitious book was to review a broad range of social systems, from historic periods to her own time. The text begins with chapters on communities in Crete and Sparta, among other locales, and concludes with a consideration of William Thompson's ideas about the distribution of wealth. Hennell's comprehensive Outline of social systems and communities remains a seminal work on communitarianism, and it raises important questions about the responsibilities, values, and guiding principles of communities. This first edition copy of Hennell's book is bound in midnight blue cloth and the covers are embossed in blind with an attractive ornamental design. [HX 626 H46 1844]
Dr Allan Goodman
President of the Institute of International Education (IIE), Allan Goodman is an advocate for international scholarship. Dr Goodman was the first American professor to lecture at the Foreign Affairs College of Beijing. He helped create the first US academic exchange program with the Moscow Diplomatic Agency for the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs and developed the diplomatic training program of the Foreign Ministry of Vietnam. Recipient of the Légion d’honneur from France and the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, he was awarded the inaugural Gilbert Medal by Universitas 21 in 2012 for his leadership in creating the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund, which protects scholars around the world at risk of persecution through 400 host partners worldwide, including the U of A.
Farewell Address of President Jimmy Carter, January 14, 1981
One of a limited edition of 300 copies signed by the former President, this publication reprints Carter's farewell address on nine pages of heavy paper. In this address, President Carter speaks not only of the issues facing the United States—past, present, and future—not only "as leader of one nation," but "as a fellow citizen of the world," and addresses "three difficult issues: the threat of nuclear destruction, our stewardship of the physical resources of our planet, and the pre-eminence of the basic rights of human beings." Although not all copies were issued with a slipcase, this copy is housed in the original slipcase and is in near fine condition. It will be the first copy of the scarce publication to be housed in a library outside of the United States. [J 82 E45 1981]
U of A alumna Caroline Jenner is CEO of JA (Junior Achievement) Europe, the largest non-profit network in Europe dedicated to equipping young people with the skills they need to start a business or find a job. Founded in 2002, JA now serves four million young people in 40 countries each year, with more than 400 business leaders engaged on boards at the local and international level. As a member of several European Commission expert groups, Jenner has contributed to the New Skills for New Jobs Agenda and the development of the EntreComp framework to support entrepreneurship competences. She became global head of regional growth and development for JA Worldwide in 2016.
A New Introduction to Trade and Business, Very Useful for Youth of Both Sexes
This eighth edition of Hudson's business primer was "Designed for the Use of Schools, and Youth in General," according to a statement at the bottom of the title page. For the uninitiated, the book provided a useful introduction to the world of trade and commerce, and it includes helpful examples and exercises for learning how to prepare a variety of bills and receipts. The chapter titled "Bills from Book-Debts" is particularly fascinating because here readers will see prices for a variety of goods produced by small business owners, including butchers, shoemakers, bakers, wine merchants, bricklayers, grocers, among others. This copy has an engraved frontispiece, six engraved plates, a folding table, and an ownership inscription on the fly-leaf of William Bell dated 1803. [HF 5381.2 H84 1795]
Sarah Jerome is a Gwich’in Elder who was among the first Northwest Territories residents to become a certified teacher. Her passion for education has continued throughout her career as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent of the Beaufort Delta Education Council, and first official languages commissioner of the NWT. She is a strong advocate for preserving and promoting the Indigenous languages of the NWT and for sustainable land management in the North, particularly the Peel watershed and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In 2016, she was inducted into the NWT Educator Hall of Fame.
Gwichya Gwich’in Googwandak
This autographed first edition of a future rare book, in which the elders of Tsiigehtchic tell the history and stories of the Gwichya Gwich'in, is an impressive oversized book that is extensively illustrated with black and white photographs, illustrations, maps, and charts. It grew out of "a traditional knowledge study with Gwichya Gwich'in elders from Tsiigehtchic on land use and occupancy in the Travaillant Lake and Trout Lake areas" (xvi) carried out by Alestine Andre and Ingrid Kristch in 1992, and the scope of the research expanded many times over in response to requests from the elders. This research continued for nine years, during which the elders shared their knowledge about the land and traditional ways of life beginning with "the earliest days of history, when animals and humans could change form and were equals" (1). This book will be a special addition to the collections of books about Indigenous peoples housed in the Peel library. [E 99 K84 G952 2001]
Dr Cyril Kay
One of the world's pre-eminent protein biochemists, Cyril Kay joined the U of A in 1958. In 1974, he co-founded the Medical Research Council of Canada Group in Protein Structure and Function. After retiring from the U of A, he served for more than 10 years as vice-president of research with the former Alberta Cancer Board. He is an officer of the Order of Canada and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2003, the Alberta Cancer Board and the Alberta Cancer Foundation endowed the Dr Cyril M. Kay graduate studentship in honour of his role in promoting cancer research in Alberta.
Ortus medicinae, id est initia physicae inaudita
This early edition of Ortus Medicinae—the "birth of medicine"—contains the collected works of Flemish physician and chemist, Johannes Baptista van Helmont (1579–1644), who is commonly regarded as one of the founders of biochemistry. Helmont's work was seminal in the history of biochemistry, and early editions are difficult to locate on the open market. This copy has a contemporary vellum binding and the inside cover bears the bookplate of Daniel Wilhelm Nebel (1735–1805), a professor at Heidelberg University, as well as the bookplate of the Library of the Medical Society, County of Kings (dated September 1900). The book has other distinctive features, which include an elaborately engraved title page, displaying a portrait of the author at the top, and the spine, showing the book's title in a contemporary hand. [R 128.7 H48 1667 folio]
Ron MacLean is a Canadian icon who has made enduring contributions to sport and culture as a broadcaster, author and mentor. His wit, poise and extensive knowledge as the host of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and a commentator at six Olympic Games have endeared him to generations of viewers. MacLean is a 10-time Gemini Award winner and two-time recipient of the George Gross Award for excellence in sports broadcasting. He has also written two books chronicling his life story and documenting Canadian hockey culture, and is co-chair and mentor at the Ve’ahtavta Street Academy in Toronto, which provides life skills development for adults struggling with homelessness. He was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2000, and Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2015.
The Book of Athletics
The editor of this collection of articles is described on the dust jacket of the book as “the best qualified editor to be found” and “one of America’s greatest amateur athletes.” Withington edited the entire collection of articles that were “written by players, captains, coaches, and trainers of many college teams, and by others who have had a wide experience in athletics” (vi). The articles offer tips and practical advice on a variety of sports, including hockey, football, baseball swimming, skating, tennis, and rowing, among others. Withington contributed several articles to the collection and he explains in his Preface that the book “makes no pretense of containing exhaustive treatises on all branches of sports, or even of being a complete and sufficient text-book on those sports considered, it has been the endeavor of the editor in gathering material to cover in an interesting and instructive way the games commonly played in school and college circles” (vi). The book has 77 photographs of prominent athletes and athletic events, and the dust jacket shows charming illustrations of athletes engaged in various sporting activities. This copy is highly desirable to book collectors because it has the exceedingly scarce dust jacket. [GV 701 B66 1914]
One of Canada’s foremost contemporary poets, Alice Major has written 14 books of award-winning poetry and fiction, as well as a collection of essays. Born in Scotland, she grew up in Toronto and worked in British Columbia before coming to Edmonton in 1981, where she found her voice as a writer amid an emerging literary scene. She has continued to support that community ever since, serving as president of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and the League of Canadian Poets, and as a founding board member and chair of the Edmonton Arts Council. She was named the City of Edmonton’s first poet laureate in 2005 and created the Edmonton Poetry Festival the following year. She was inducted into Edmonton’s Arts and Culture Hall of Fame in 2012 and was awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award in 2017.
Old Spookes’ Pass and Other Poems
Despite the fact that she is recognized today as a major Canadian poet, this modest volume of poetry is the only one that Isabella Valancy Crawford (1850–87) published during her short lifetime. While this book was well received at home and abroad—British reviewers were impressed by the poet’s “humour, vivacity, and range of power”—it was published privately at a financial loss. Sometimes described as the first book of poetry by a woman to be published in Canada, this charmingly-bound first edition can be seen as a celebration of the talent and resolve of one of the greats among the foremothers of Canadian poetry. [PS 8455 R25 O44 1884]
One of Canada's top "green" architects, Vivian Manasc is a leader in advocating for and designing low-carbon architecture for cold climates. As co-founder of Manasc Isaac, she led the creation of numerous award-winning buildings, including Alberta's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building, Edmonton's first LEED Silver building, and the first LEED Gold building in the Arctic. She has served as president of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, vice-president of the Canada Green Building Council, and vice-chair of the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation. She received the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2018.
The Architect and Builder's Miscellany, or Pocket Library; Containing Original Picturesque Designs in Architectur
Many rare books about architecture are highly collectable, especially those titles with hand-coloured illustrations. Referred to as a colour-plate book, Middleton's architectural compendium has 60 leaves of plates that show designs for many styles of architecture, from "primitive" huts to a Triumphal Arch. Intended as a guide for architects and builders in their selection of building designs, the book offers a variety of inspiring plans, including designs for country and town houses, temples, bridges, chapels, monumental tombs, greenhouses, and a theatre. The book was printed around 1801 in London at the Architectural Library, a publishing firm founded by Isaac Taylor, and the most distinctive features of this copy include a contemporary calf binding, an elaborately decorated spine, and the attractive armorial bookplate of Samuel King. [NA 997 M53 A4 1825]
U of A alumnus Carman McNary has served in military, legal, business, and philanthropic organizations. After serving in the Canadian Naval Reserve from 1975 to 2008, he retired with the rank of captain. One of Canada's leading tax lawyers, he was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2010. He has chaired both the Alberta and Edmonton chambers of commerce. He co-chaired Edmonton's 2017 United Way campaign, was vice-chair of the Metro Mayor's Advisory Task Force, and served on both the Mayor's Task Force on Poverty and the Edmonton Homeless Commission. He has received the Canadian Forces Decoration, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, and the Alberta Centennial Medal.
Nett Rates of Sea Pay
This fascinating rare book offers readers an opportunity to see pay rates for a variety of positions in the Royal Navy, beginning with the Admiral of the Fleet all the way down to a Boy of 2nd Class. Thumb tabs (in manuscript numerals) were created to make it easier for readers to find the specific rate they were looking for: 1st through to 6th Rate. Once the book is open to a specific pay grade, readers will see a series of printed columns that show pay per month and per year, as well as daily (one to six days) and weekly pay (one to three weeks). Since it was published as an internal administrative resource, it is not surprising that the book lacks a title page. It has a modest calf binding without any lettering or label on the spine or cover, and the binder, Smith of Long Acre, is identified on a small binder's ticket on the inside cover. The book's most distinctive feature is the hand-written table of daily pay for commissioned officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates of the Royal Marine Corps. Remarkably, a search of the world’s union catalogue reveals that this book is a unique addition to the University of Alberta Libraries. [VC 185 G74 1816]
The Honorable Chief Justice Mary Moreau
Chief Justice Mary Moreau is the first woman to be appointed chief justice of the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench. After studying law at the U of A, she practised criminal, constitutional, and family law in Edmonton. She litigated landmark cases that established the right to a criminal jury trial in French in Alberta and affirmed the right of francophone Albertans to manage and control their own schools. She was one of the co-founders of the Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Alberta. Since her appointment to the bench, she has presided over French and bilingual trials in Alberta and acted as a deputy justice in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
“Do What You Must”: Selected Editorials from Le Devoir under Henri Bourassa, 1910-1932
Rebound in a presentation binding by Edmonton bookbinder Alexander J. McGuckin, this is a special copy of the Champlain Society's English-language reprint of selected editorials from the first twenty-two years of the influential French-Canadian newspaper, Le Devoir. This edition is the product of extensive research by University of Ottawa professor Pierre Anctil in the history of the French language press in Canada and the ideological evolution of Le Devoir. Founded in 1910 by Henri Bourassa, Le Devoir eschewed the motives of and influences upon the commercial press and remained resolutely independent, focusing on "integrity, justice, and . . . the public good" (1). Under Bourassa's direction for its first twenty-two years, Le Devoir explored a variety of issues of profound importance to francophone communities across Canada, and indeed to all Canadians, ranging from "The Theory of Two Founding Peoples" (1910) to "Bilingual Schools in Ontario" (1916), and from "The Place of French Canadians in the Canadian West" (1913) to "France’s Support of French Canada" (1922). [FC 15 C45 v.077]
The Honorable Claudette Tardiff
One of Canada’s pre-eminent advocates and defenders of minority linguistic and cultural rights, The Honourable Claudette Tardif has made considerable contributions to post-secondary education and public service. Born in Westlock, Alberta, she obtained a PhD at the U of A and returned to the university in 1977, initially as a professor at Faculté Saint-Jean, then as its dean from 1995 to 2003. She was acting vice-president of external relations when she was appointed to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister Paul Martin in 2005, and served until her retirement in 2018. She has also served on many boards and played a leading role on national and international committees related to education, culture, social issues and sport. She received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003 and the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005, and was named to the French Legion of Honour in 2015.
Les avantures de Monsieur Robert Chevalier dit de Beauchêne, capitaine de flibustiers dans la Nouvelle France
This is a very rare first edition of an adventure story set in New France by Alain-René Lesage (1668–1747), a prolific playwright and influential novelist, one of the pioneers of realism in fiction. The story is based, in part, on the memoirs of real-life buccaneer Robert Chevalier de Beauchêne who was born in Montreal in 1686, memoirs that were provided to the author by Beauchêne’s widow. Although this copy is in need of some minor repair, it features the original binding and is complete with six full-page illustrations drawn by Bonnard and engraved by Scotion. While Bruce Peel Special Collections already houses a copy of the first English-language translation of the novel (published in 1745), this special edition will make a terrific addition to the library’s French-language holdings. [PQ 1997 A7 1732]
A Cree Elder from the Saddle Lake First Nation, Francis Whiskeyjack has devoted his life to teaching traditional Indigenous values to foster understanding and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. He has worked for more than 15 years as an Elder and cultural adviser at Edmonton's amiskwaciy Academy. He has served as a member of the Urban Aboriginal Initiatives with the City of Edmonton and as a board member of the Fringe Theatre and Festival, the Native Friendship Centre, and the Saddle Lake Health Board. In 2010, he was appointed as an adjunct professor by the U of A, where he also serves as a student adviser to the First Peoples' House and as a convocation Elder at graduation ceremonies.
A Cree-Ojibway artist from the James Smith Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, Simone McLeod's Ojibway name is Earth Blanket (she explains that this is a reference to all that covers the earth, such as grass, flowers, and trees). The artist explains her deeply personal artistic practice as follows, "Each painting contains a piece of my soul. I have a strong faith in humankind and my paintings are silent prayers of hope for the future." Sharing Wisdom is a beautiful and optimistic representation of sharing and learning between and among the generations. This painting will make a very welcome addition to the Peel library's collections and is perfectly suited for display in the Gregory S. Javitch Reading Room. [ND 249 M422 S53 2019 folio]