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368-Year-Old Book to Star at Calgary Book Fair


Ok, I know and freely admit that it is ignorant but here in Canada when we think of Calgary, Alberta we tend to think of horses, rodeos, cowboys and stetsons. Sorry but that’s just the image the Stampede and oil industry have perpetuated.  But the city really has come up literary trumps with this year’s Calgary Book Drive and Sale, supported by the Calgary Herald.

A copy of The Historie of the Reigned of King Henry the Seventh found on AbeBooks

A copy of The Historie of the Reigned of King Henry the Seventh found on AbeBooks

Amongst hundreds of other books from a fire hall donation bin, a treasure was found -  The Historie of the Reigne of King Henry the Seventh, published in 1641 by the Rt. Hon. Francis, Lord Verulam (Sir Francis Bacon).  Authenticity of the book has been confirmed by Calagarian antiquarian expert Cameron Trevealen of Aquila Books.

The book is expected to make a nice contribution to funds raised by the book sale to support Calgary’s Servants Anonymous Society, which helps young women escape sexual exploitation, and  literacy programs that receive funding from the Canwest Raise-a-Reader initiative.

Interested in checking out the book sale? The sale runs over two weekends, June 12 to 14 and June 19 to 21 — at the Crossroads Market, just off Blackfoot Trail and Ogden Road S. E. in Calgary.

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