|Description: First edition blue, buckram bound; hard covered book containing 381 pages. On the front and on the spine of the book is the title in gold capital letters. The following page has a title "The Building of Jalna". On the reverse is a list of books by Mazo de la Roche. The title page follows with the title in large capital letters with the author in smaller capitals. At the bottom of the page is the publisher's name and the date of publication 1944. On the reverse of the title page is the copyright statement with heading "Copyright Canada 1944 by The MacMillan Company of Canada Limited". At the bottom of the page is the information about printing which was done by the T. H. Best Printing Co. Limited, Toronto. Label on inside front end page "H. Henderson 430 Douglas Ave., Toronto 12, Ont." Written in blue on second end page "Fern Henderson, 131 Belsize Dr. Toronto". Dedication following title page: "To St. John & Lenora Ervine and Rache Lovat Dickson in friendship and remembering their inscription in my copy of Sophia". The following page has a list of Contents with twenty-three chapters numbered with Roman numerals and titles. Another page has the title and the text starts on page 1.
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.