Item #311406 A Week on the Jupiter River, Anticosti Island. “Baldemec”, Vere Brabazon Ponsonby Bessborough, ninth Earl.

Presentation Copy

A Week on the Jupiter River, Anticosti Island.

[N.p., Ottawa?]: Privately Printed, 1934.

Number 93 of 100 numbered copies. Mounted photograph of one day's catch tipped to leaf after the title. 45 pp. 1 vols. 8vo (9-1/4 x 6 inches). Presentation Copy. Black boards, printed label on upper cover. Some minor wear to spine and faint scuff to front wrapper, but near fine Bibliotheca Salmo Salar 61. Not in Bruns or Lande. Not in BL. OCLC: 2 copies (Quebec and University of Alberta). Item #311406

Inscribed by Bessborough to W. Abbey on the front free-endpaper, "Though these fish may seem to you but minnows, the story of our trip may none the less amuse you," and dated March 1943. Additionally, Beesborough has inked the full names of the members of the fishing party on the printed roster following the title page.
BALDEMEC is a composite pseudonym, made up from the initials of Bessborough, A.L. ("Tommy") D., Eric M. and Eddy C., all members of the fishing party. Vere Brabazon Ponsonby, ninth Earl of Bessborough, was governor general of Canada from 1931 to 1935. He wrote most of this account of a week’s fishing in July 1934 (with each of the remaining members contributing short pieces under the heading Some Other Points of View). After the session of Parliament, the party travelled by the Canadian Government steamer Lady Grey, called in for dinner at the Chateau Menier, where everything “is exactly as M. Menier left it”. The next morning the party left for the Jupiter River, “the best river on the island,” and spent the week of 6 to 13 July there. Uncommon.

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