|Description: (1) First edition, "Centenary at Jalna", light brown, hard back book bound in book cloth containing 302 pages with a dust cover. Title and author are in blue letters on front. Spine has title, author, and publisher. The book has the dust cover cello-taped onto the paste down. The flyleaf has a signature and address at the top right hand corner: "Fern Henderson, 430 Douglas Ave." The following page has the title printed in black capital letters and on the reverse a list of twenty seven publications by Mazo de la Roche. The title page has the title, author's and publisher's names and the date 1958. Reverse: Copyright information and the locations of "Macmillan and Company ltd., London, Bombay, Calcutta, Madrid, Melbourne; The Macmillan Company of Canada Limited Toronto; St. Martin's Press Inc., New York. Printed in Great Britain". Next page and reverse: contents Chapter I to XXXIV with titles. The following page has title. Reverse has the Whiteoak Family Tree. The next page begins text on p.1. End of text on p.302 followed by a page with printer's name and location. The back pastedown is pencilled "8F 350". (2) The dust jacket is pasted down front and back. The tape has yellowed. The front of dust cover has title "Centenary at Jalna" in yellow script on a green background. In the centre of cover is an illustration by A. Burgess Sharrocks of six adults sitting around a table. Below, the author's name in white capitals on a green background. On the spine is the title in script, author's name in capitals, all yellow on green background; a drawing of 3 candles in candleholder and at the base of spine, the publisher's name: "MacMillan". The back of dust jacket has white background on which is printed in green letters, author's name and a list of 15 books in the "Chronicles of the Whiteoak Family" series. Below in black capitals "MacMillan Co. of Canada Ltd." Inside front flap has an outline of the story. The back flap of dust jack has three endorsements of Mazo de la Roche's autobiography by Sheffield Telegraph, News Chronicle and Irish Independent newspapers.
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 Encyclopaedia, 2000 Edition (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1999), 639.