Two Solitudes, MacLennan, Hugh, Collins, Toronto, 1945. First Edition. First state un-clipped dust jacket. Signed and Inscribed by Hugh MacLennan front free endpaper. “For Ian Robertson*, good luck & good wishes Hugh MacLennan 1962″. 8 vol. over 7¾” – 9¾”, 370 pages. Maroon cloth, silver spine titles. Boards are in fine condition with very light spine lean; contents have an occasional tiny mark, gutter weakened at page 311, light pencil marks to outside tail edge. Ogilvy book dealer label to free endpaper (Ogilvy being an iconic place to buy books in Montreal for several decades). Un-clipped dustjacket has light creasing, rubbing with small chips to edges; protected in mylar.
First Canadian Edition of this 1945 Governor General’s Award novel, a narrative of English and French Canada, an established classic in the Canadian canon. Hugh MacLennan (1907-1990) was a novelist, essayist and, professor and the first major English-speaking writer to attempt a portrayal of Canada’s national character. He held a position of exceptional respect in Canada and was awarded the Order of Canada (1967) and the National Order of Quebec (1985); the Governor General’s Literary Award 3 times for fiction and twice for nonfiction; and was the first Canadian to receive the Princeton University’s James Madison Medal. As a former student of his I can attest that he was also a beloved Professor.
*Ian Robertson is the author of: While Bullets Fly: The Story of a Canadian Field Surgical Unit in the Second World War, 2009; and The Honourable Aleck, 2013. Available from Back Lane Books.