Title:The Legend of John Hornby. First British Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  John Murray, London, 1962, 1962
Seller ID: 43686
WHALLEY, George. The Legend of John Hornby. London : John Murray, (1962). Pp (6),vii-xiv,-367,(3),+ 20 pages of b&w photos + 2 folding maps at rear. With two maps in the text. Index. 8vo, green cloth, gilt lettering and blue panel to spine.
Arthur George Cuthbert Whalley (b. July 25, 1915, Kingston, Ontario – d. May 27, 1983, Kingston, Ontario ) was a scholar, poet, naval officer and secret intelligence agent during World War II, CBC broadcaster, musician, biographer, and translator.
A full account of the life and death of this renowned explorer of the Canadian North, written by one of Canada's most distinguished literary scholars.
“As little as fifty years ago the Canadian North was not much different from the land the 17th-century pioneers had explored. Eskimos and Indians moved like ghosts in the tracks of the ranging caribou, shy and unhelpful to Europeans. The few settlers and trappers north of the treeline needed all the skill at their disposal to add comfort to a hand-to-mouth existence and life was rigidly geared to the turning of the seasons and movements of wild life. Into this limited society of the north came John Hornby and almost immediately he became a legendary figure. Stories of incredible feats of survival, near-superhuman speeds for journeys and a mysterious elusiveness quickly spread throughout the country, linked with a reputation for seeming deliberately to flout the proved survival patterns which others ignore only to die. For Hornby the mystery and beauty and hardship of the Barrens were a compulsive attraction, drawing him back and back again, until the last winter on the Thelon river undertaken with two young companions brought the inevitable conclusion.” - from the dj.
Contents : Preface. Introduction. 1. Beginnings : 1880-1907; 2. Hornby Bay : 1908-11; 3. Dease Bay : 1911-12; 4. The Lost Paradise : 1912-14; 5. War and Return : 1914-19; 6. Great Slave Lake : 1919-23; 7. Preparations : 1923-4; 8. The Casba Winter : 1924-5; 9. The Thelon Journey : 1925; 10. Prelude to Disaster : 1925-6; 11. The Last Journey : 1926-7; 12. Epilogue. Notes.
Appendices : A. Hornby's Caribou Notes. B. Place-names. C. The Murder of Frs Rouvière and Le Roux, OMI. D. Hornby's Journal 1920-1. E. Bullock as Hornby's Biographer. With index.
Folding maps are Great Bear Lake; Fort Reliance to Baker Lake.
Very good in torn, price-clipped now-brodarted dustjacket. 50.00