Hand Written Notes - 1945
a frequent contributor here, found a 1945 edition of Trap-Lines North for
sale on EBay. The description for the auction said there are handwritten
notes on the cover page made by the book's original owner, who had been a
client of the Vanderbeck family starting in 1944. The text from that EBay
ad is below.
"Up for auction we have a wonderful true outdoor adventure book.
The title page reads as follows-
TRAP - LINES NORTH, A True Story of the Canadian Woods by STEPHEN W.
MEADER illustrated. Published by DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY NEW YORK 1945
'I bought this book from the estate of L. F. Baldwin of Eaton Rapids,
Mi. Lynn Baldwin was an avid outdoorsman who actually hunted, fished,
and was guided by the main characters in this book. He made the
following notes on the cover page.
'Joe leak is actually Tom Spence. Mr. Vanderbeck was dead in
1944.& Mrs. Vanderbeck married Emile Cote. All other characters in
this book are real and I met most of them personally in Sept. 1944. Joe
Leak alias Tom Spence was our guide (1945) and Emile Cote and wife (Mrs.
Vanderbeck) were our outfitter. We hunted in 1944 & 1945 over the
same territory and stayed part of the time in the same cabins. Mrs
Vanderbeck (Cote) died in 1950. 1944- Mr. & Mrs. Emile Cots our
outfitter & Chas. Mc Grady & Fred Russel our guide on Waba River
trip. Mr. & Mrs. Cote our outfitters. Joe Leak - alias Tom Spence
and Elizah Baxter our guides down the Downing River to Relief Lake in
1945. Lynn Baldwin'
This copy is in excellent condition except for a 2 1/2" tear of
the cover on the edge of the back spine (see photo). What a fabulous piece
of history we have here. I have placed a low opening bid price and no
reserve price on this book. Thanks for your interest and good luck
Julian, who was lucky enough to win the book, furnished these photographs of the
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Thanks to Scott and Julian for providing this information.