SAUNDERS, Marshall HOOD, George W. col.frontis.
Title: Golden Dicky : The Story of a Canary and His Friends. Canadian ed.
Publisher:  McClelland & Stewart, Toronto , 1919,
Seller ID: 82197
SAUNDERS, Marshall. Golden Dicky: The Story of a Canary and His Friends. Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, Ltd., Publishers, (1919). Canadian Edition. Bound from the Stokes sheets. Pp (2),[i]-xi,(5),1-280,(6),+ coloured frontis. 8vo, green cloth with colour illustrated onlay to front board, gilt lettering to spine. Watters p.386, Laugher p.519, Rhodenizer p.105. Coloured frontispiece by George W. Hood. Margaret Marshall Saunders (1861-1947) was a Canadian author, born in the village of Milton, Queens County, Nova Scotia. She spent most of her childhood in Berwick, Nova Scotia where her father served as Baptist minister.. Saunders is most famous for her novel Beautiful Joe. It is a story narrated by a dog who has had a difficult puppyhood withmany obstacles including a cruel owner. When the book was published in 189 3, both it and its subject received worldwide attention. It was the first Canadian book to sell over a million copies, and by the late 1930s had sold over seven million copies worldwide. In 1934, Saunders was made a Commanderof the British Empire (C.B.E.), at the time her country's highest civilian honor. Together with fellow Canadian author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Saunder s co-founded the Maritime branch of the Canadian Women's Press Club. Following the success of Beautiful Joe, Saunders wrote more than twenty other stories, a number of which provided social commentary on such things as the abolition of child labor, slum clearance, and the improvement of playground facilities. Saunders died in 1947 in Toronto, Ontario where she had lived for a number of years. She is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto. Slightly cocked, rubbed, brown stains to a couple of leaves, else a very good copy. 50.00