#200 David Dunlap: The Man Who Wrote Shahwandahgooze
BP: David Dunlap Observatory Park, Richmond Hill, ON
My candidate for all-time best Canadian book title.
David Dunlap’s only book, Shahwandahgooze Days, was published in 1925. It’s a collection of poems and ephemeral scribblings influenced by his real life trips into the wilderness with famous Canadian painters. And the cover was done by a young Thoreau MacDonald, his first book-length work of illustrations.
Since only a couple hundred copies were printed, Shahwandahgooze Days, is exceedingly rare. Online, copies can go for $200 or more. You can also read the recently digitized version from the National Library for free.
Best stanza from the book:
Into the night they went, silent and lone,
Where the half-moon shed its murky light on
Leaf and cone.
(From Shahwandahgooze Days, by David A. Dunlap, 1925)
David Dunlap Observatory Park, Richmond Hill, ON
David Dunlap Observatory, Richmond Hill, ON
David Dunlap Circle, Toronto, ON
Shahwandahgooze days; by David A. Dunlap “Sip-Him-Dew-Dave”; illus. by Thoreau MacDonald. Toronto: D.A. Dunlap, Printed at Warwick Brothers & Rutter, 1925.