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Title: Book - "Lark Ascending" - Mazo de la Roche
Identifier: 2005.8.23
Donor: Mrs. Hay
Item Date: 1932
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: (1) First edition, blue cloth-bound hard covered book with dust jacket containing 203 pages. The title is stamped in dark blue letters at the top of the front board. Mazo de la Roche is stamped on the bottom of the front board. On the spine there is the title, "Lark Ascending"; the author "de la Roche", and the publisher "MacMillan" all in dark blue letters. The end leaves consist of two blank pages followed by a page which has the title only on the reverse of which is publisher's information: "MacMillan and Co., Limited, London, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, Melbourne; The MacMillan Company, New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, San Francisco; The MacMillan Company of Canada Limited, Toronto." The title page follows with: "Lark Ascending" in block capitals with author "Mazo De La Roche" in smaller print. In the centre of the page is a coat of arms for MacMillan consisting of a rectangle in which is a tree with seven maple leaves, and three open books, below which is a ribbon with the motto "Folia inter folia". The roots of the tree spread out below the motto and a shield and a cross, The border at the bottom says "The MacMillans in Canada". This page verso has the word "Copyright" and "Printed in Great Britain by R & R Clark, Limited, Edinburgh". The next page has a dedication "For Emily Waters remembering a lucky voyage from Naples to London". The main text begins on the following page with 15 chapters in the story. There are two black marks on front pastedown to cover previous owner's name. Flyleaf has erased name and 5.00 written over it. (2) The dust cover has a blue cover with "Lark Ascending" in white, irregular, rounded capitals. At the bottom of the front cover is "Mazo de la Roche" in white, ordinary, capital letters. A leafy green branch extends from the lower spine to the middle of the cover. Winding its way from the top to bottom of the cover is a simulated wooden walkway created with white lines. The back dust jacket spine has the top edge torn off but the author's name in green and the publisher name in white are visible. The back dust jacket is white and blank. The inside front dust jacket has a brief description of the story beneath the title "Lark Ascendin"_ all printed in blue. History: In 1927, Mazo de la Roche's (1879-1961) novel "Jalna" won the $10,000 first prize in a competition sponsored by "Atlantic Monthly", which provided her with recognition and success in the future. Mazo de la Roche is significant to Mississauga as she lived in Clarkson during the time she wrote her award winning novel, "Jalna". Mazo lived in Trail Cottage, which was located on property that had originally belonged to the Benares Estate. Some people speculate the Benares House was Mazo's inspiration for the Whiteoaks of "Jalna". Mazo was friends with the Harrises and had visited Benares. She was born in Newmarket as Mazo Louise Roche. She was the only child of Alberta and William Roche. Mazo died on 12 July 1961. See: C.J. Taylor, "de la Roche, Mazo" Canadian Encyclopedia, 2000 Edition (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1999), 639.
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