For The Defence of Canada


[Government of Canada]; The Military Service Council

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[Government of Canada]; The Military Service Council. For The Defence of Canada. [Ottawa, Ontario, Canada]: [Government of Canada] | The Military Service Council, October, 1917. First Edition, First Printing. pp. 31. 8vo., measuring 6″ x 9″. Tan, twice-stapled, card covers. Excepting a few unobtrusive spots to the rear cover, the extremities remain remarkably well-preserved with tight, sound binding. Internally, the text-block is entirely without blemish with bright, clean pages. Near fine. Corresponds to OCLC #798874075. Rare in commerce, our offering being the only extant copy at time of cataloguing. Card Covers. An exhortation by an unnamed writer offering a firm defence, and a historical basis for the legitimacy of the Allied war effort against the Germans during the First World War. Invoking Napoleon, Lincoln, the founding Fathers of the United States, and other historical figures, and events the writer pleads for the Allies’ just motivations for waging war to a war-weary Canadian public. The writer further offers justification for the continuation of the system of conscription, a denunciation of those men who would invoke their “disabilities of conscience”; writing bitterly of those men “wiling to fabricate “conscientious scruples” in order to avoid service [noting the “bitterness with which a man who is required to leave wife, children, and livelihood, and does so with a quiet dignity of which I have been a respectful witness in hundreds of cases, regards a conscientious objector, remaining at home and enjoying the fruits of other men’s sacrifices.”]. A remarkably well-preserved piece of First World War ephemera from a decidedly Canadian perspective. (#3474) $159.00