T’is the Season for Collectors to get themselves a special gift?

T’is the season for fun, festivities, family and friends!

This time of year it is said many times over how commercialized Christmas has become. Invariably we purchase gifts that are opened, used and then forgotten.

Not so the case with the collector. Collectors understand and appreciate the physical and emotional value of a gift added to their collection. Collectors also recognize how rewarding and enjoyable it is to begin a new collection.

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Breaking the Collecting Focus Rule

Breaking the Collecting Focus Rule

It is a long held belief that a collector should find a focus of the collection and then obtain items within that focus. That is absolutely true. So the question is what does Joseph ‘Joe’ Patrick Kennedy Sr. and Francis Charles Jenkins have to do with my early Canadiana focus?  Nothing though in spite of the good advice previously shared I chose to purchase an item related to each of these American gentlemen. Why? As a collector, I felt the “stories” that accompanied each of these items  very special, interesting to me and thus I wished to own them.

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A Collector’s Story – Breaking the condition rule.

Collecting Lord Nelson and Emma Hamilton

In the beginning, I was a collector.

My collection reflected my interest in military strategy as initially I collected Civil War books, notes, maps etc. About the same time Julia and I were working on rebranding McLaren Marketing and in doing so I came across the famous depiction of Napoleon on horseback ascending the alps. This fine piece of work was used in the rebranding and combined with my keen interest in the strategy of war and marketing led me to become fascinated with Napoleon.

Julia, who hails from the West Midlands of England pointed out that “there was another side in that war you know and they won, why don’t you collect Nelson?”

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A Traill of Adventure

Catharine Parr Traill

Catharine Parr Traill (1802-1899)

A number of years ago, our middle son attended Trent University at the Catharine Parr Traill Campus. Quite honestly, at the time the name had no meaning to me whatsoever. Frankly I was more impressed with the fact that a) he made it to University b) he was away from home and c) he was paying for it. I was also very surprised by his chosen field of study, that being Canadian History, Native Studies and Women’s Issues.

Fast forward a few years and not only do I recognize the name Catharine Parr Traill I find my life virtually inundated by her books, stories, pictures and history.

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The Lord Durham Report – It’s reason for being

The Lord Durham Report (LDR) – It’s reason for being

Hear ye! Hear ye! Presenting the “Lord Durham Report”… well, sort of. This is the first version of our “newsletter” called “The Lord Durham Report” (LDR) which highlights our company name, Lord Durham Rare Books. The company was named after the town in Ontario where we lived, and the newsletter itself is a slight tongue-in-cheek reference to one of Canada’s most significant historical documents– the “Durham Report,” published in 1839.

Je_me_souviens_(Jardinage)As significant as this document was, it is relatively unknown to many Canadians today except perhaps amongst the Francophone population. “Je me souviens”.

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