Inscribed copy of Anne’s House of Dreams; photos of the author; postcards from Stuart MacDonald; and related ephemera.
Book boasts an early and warm inscription to front free endpaper: “To Mrs. Warner with the author’s compliments, Very sincerely yours, L. M. Montgomery Macdonald, Sept. 1917”.
Accompanied by three photos featuring L. M. Montgomery: in one she is standing outdoors with her family, this one inscribed “Greetings from the Manse” (likely by Montgomery); in another canoeing with four others; in the third holding a baby, reportedly the granddaughter of the Mrs. Warner, Helen Margaret Luke, b. 1923.
Also included are two postcards from Stuart MacDonald to the Luke family; an invitation to Mrs Luke to an unveiling of a plaque of L. M. Montgomery in Uxbridge; a program from the unveiling ceremony commemorating the Leaksdale residency of LMM and family, and a newspaper clipping about the same; a booklet biography entitled “L. M. Montgomery as Mrs. Ewan Macdonald of The Leaksdale Manse 1911-1926”; and a Leaksdale Presbyterian Guild Program for 1926 naming Rev. E. MacDonald and Social Vice-Pres. Mrs. MacDonald.
Provenance: Purchased from a descendant of Mrs. [Fanny Margaret, nee Colwell] Warner, a neighbour of the [Montgomery] MacDonald family in Leaksdale, Ontario, who furnished a simple family history as pertaining to these materials.
Condition: Anne’s House of Dreams: Toronto, McClelland, Goodchild & Stewart. 1917. First Canadian edition. pp. 346. 8vo. Bound in lilac cloth, frontispiece by M. L. Kirk, and matching pastedown to front board. Sunning, spine slant, fraying to edges, endpapers split at hinges (mull intact but exposed), frontis., tissue and title page a bit foxed, some spotting and dogearing here and there. / Two of three photos are affixed to black paper backing, the third shows evidence of adhesive to the edges, and some rippling; some fingerprinting / Postcards are in good condition with one showing discoloured corners and cancelled stamp; ephemera is in good condition excepting the Guild Program which is split along the fold.