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Hello Mike,

We were recently going through some of my father's possessions and came across a book called Dreams of Fort Garry. It's written by Robert Watson and includes illustrations by Walter J. Phillips. I noticed the book is a first printing, dated 1931, and put out by the Stovel Company, which is where my father worked.

I have heard of Walter J. Phillips' paintings and was wondering what the value of the book would be.

-- Delores M.

Dear Delores,

The book you have is quite desirable because it includes woodcut illustrations by Walter J. Phillips, a British-born artist who popularized the Japanese-style woodcut in Canada. He lived in Winnipeg for many years and is known for his works focusing on the Prairies and Manitoba's lakes.

They put out a limited number of these books and each one will be a numbered edition. I notice you have the slip cover, which makes the book complete.

These books would also have been signed by the author and the artist. The Stovel Company must have given some of the books out to its employees and that is why your father has this edition.

The value of your book in today's market would be $500 to $600.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 1, 2012 E2

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