PERCY, H.R. International Fiction List No. 36
Title: Tranter's Tree. 1st n dj.
Publisher:  Lester & Orpen Dennys, Toronto, 1987, ISBN:0886191548
Seller ID: 7254
PERCY, H.R. Tranter's Tree. (Toronto) : Lester & Orpen Dennys, (1987). First Edition. Pp (10),1-261,(1).. 8vo [155 x 235 mm], black cloth, gilt lettering to spine International Fiction List No. 36. "The legend of Tranter's Tree begins in the 1720s when young Ned Tranter arrives on the east coast of Canada with only a pocketful of acorns and a thirst for adventure. He stepsright into the bloody conflicts between the English and the French, and th e British troubles with the Indians and the Acadians - but when he sets eyes on the mysterious Stephanie the course of his life is changed dramatically. To commemorate a love that endures through his adventures as a voyageur and her marriage to a loral man, he plants an acorn on the spot where he first saw her. The oak that takes root there becomes a strange monument to Ned Tranter's wild exploits - and witnress to a fateful tragedy. Centuries later Tranter's Tree is the centre of life in a small Canadian town. So when Jed SeeJey, the conniving Minister of Highways, decides to fell the grand old oak to provide access to his new highway, he sparks a battle that pits townspeople against government. Elderly residents who recall their childhoodadventures around the tree, when they went by such no-nonsense names as Si lly Lillie and Sniffy Jim, set out on a course of petitions and demonstrations to preserve th tree, until Salvia Street is in a state of riotous frenzy. In the process, they conjure up such long-ago characters as the loquacious Scabby and the infamous Widder Kidd, and — of ourse - wild Neced Tranter. Tranter's Tree is a masterly accomplishment. It is at once a vibrant celebration of the dreams and longings, humanity and familiar eccentricities ofa small town - and a powerful historical tale. In these pages you will mee t as motle a group of lovable, oddball characters as you could ever hope toencounter." (from the dj). Very good in dustjacket. 20.00