|Description: Hardcover novel titled "Explorers of the Dawn" with 292 pages by Mazo de la Roche, Feb./ Mar. 1922. The cover is made of a buckram material, bluish grey in colour, with white printing and dark blue graphical design. (1). The cover has the title and a graphic of the rising sun at the top, and the author's name at the bottom, all inside a frame. The spine has the title at the very top, publisher at the very bottom. The back cover has a logo 2.3 cm (w) x 1.7 cm (h) in reverse print: "BORZO1" a stylized greyhound, and "BOOKS". The end leaves are of a stiff paper, printed in a geometric design of teal green and pale blue/green. The title page has the author, the greyhound logo (in reverse) and the publisher printed in bright red. A bookplate I (Map of the World) is pasted on the pastedown; hand written in black ink at the top left: "2206". A glued-on label at the bottom of the bookplate, is typed "Richard E. Clayton". On the first leaf at the top left, in pencil: "W. R. Dick--- 2nd OD 3.00 OP". On the back pastedown at the top right, in pencil: "250".
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.