Neatly SIGNED by the editor, “Best Wishes, Pat”, to the title page. Mercury Series, Archaeological Survey of Canada, Paper No. 131. Laid in is a typewritten letter from Patricia Sutherland the editor, dated April 8, 1986 – “Dear_____, I thought you would like to have a copy of the recently published volume on the Franklin symposium. Your inquiry about the sailors and their earrings was passed along to the most knowledgeable folklorist in town, but he did not have an answer. I’ll keep trying. Hope to see you in Resolute this summer. At last count, the site at Fellfoot Point had over 70 features and includes everything from Middle Dorset through Late Dorset to Thule. All the best, (signed in ink) Pat Sutherland.”
Also laid in are four 10”X 8” black and white photographs found at pp.25, of cliff faces overlooking the water. Page 25 features the reproduction of the painting, “A View of the Island Motuaro Lying in the Bay of Islands, 1769” and the William Broke watercolour, “View of Spitzbergen”. (The photographs may be related to these locations; however this determination is above my pay grade.)
Orange card covers (soft cover) are lightly to moderately soiled and bumped to extremities with a moderate crease to the rear wrap. 1.5cm tear to the bottom edge of the rear wrap near the spine. Interior has some minor soiling and the occasional faint damp stain. Previous owner’s neat signature to the title page. The previous owner, a life-long northern bush pilot, has added notes, corrections and underlining throughout expressing his rather firm opinions on the content. For example on pp.109 he notes, in reference to Franklin’s tins of meat having been spoiled, ”Weldy" ate one in 1969 and almost died – but Marian pumped his stomach & saved him”. (Don’t know who “Weldy” is but eating a tin of meat over one hundred years old might not be a good idea.) A rather unique and interesting copy. Scarce signed.