McGahern Stewart Publishing

McGahern Stewart Publishing

McGahern Stewart Publishing is an independent Ottawa-based publishing house that specializes in books on northern travel. It was formed in 2011 in an attempt to bring out-of-print and never-before-published accounts of northern travel to the public’s attention in a series called “Forgotten Northern Classics.” McGahern Stewart Publishing is committed to making these historical northern titles available in high-quality, handsome editions with maps, photographs, and supplementary editorial material for the reader of the literature of the north.

To order and for inquiries, please contact us at:

McGahern Stewart Publishing
368 Dalhousie Street, Suite 301
Ottawa, ON K1N 7G3
mcspublishing@gmail.com
(613) - 230 - 2275

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Thelon Odyssey Thelon Odyssey is W.H.B. Hoare's account of his northern trips in 1928-1929 (Journal of a Barren-lander)and 1930-1931 (Return to the Barrens).
Hoare was sent by the Department of the Interior to establish the boundaries of the newly declared Thelon Game Sanctuary, survey the muskoxen population and build a warden's cabin. All this to be accomplished on foot, by dogsled and canoe. This edition of A Thelon Odyssey includes the hitherto unpublished 1930-1931 journal along with a reprint of the 1928-1929 journal first published in 1990. It also includes photographs by Hoare, a biographical sketch,maps, editorial material by Hoare's daughter, Sheila Thomson, an extensive bibliography, and other supplementary material that enriches our historical knowledge of this area. - "Hoare and Knox struggled with faulty maps through blizzards, vicious cold, rotten ice, slush, freezing water, and finally clouds of mosquitoes and black flies. They slept in the open, in tents, in makeshift lean-toes, in trapper's cabins, while portaging tons of supplies stored at various caches, by sleigh and canoe. Their journey took them into the country where Hornby had perished just a year before when the caribou failed to arrive. (Ottawa Citizen, review of Volume One, 1990)

Title: A Thelon Odyssey - Journal of a Barrenlander & Return to the Barrens
Author: W.H.B. Hoare
Editor: Sheila C. Thomson
Publication Information: McGahern Stewart Publishing, 368 Dalhousie St. Suite 301, Ottawa, ON K1N 7G3
ISBN: 978-0-9868600-4-1
Price: 24.95


Distant Summers Vol. 1 Book Cover Distant Summers: P. G. Downes’ Journals of Travels in Northern Canada, 1936-1947. (Vol I)
The first of two volumes, Distant Summers (Vol I) contains the accounts of P. G. Downes’ 1936 and 1937 trips in northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and of his 1938 journey to Great Bear and Great Slave lakes.

Edited by R. H. Cockburn, this volume includes numerous notes, 8 maps and nearly 100 photos. Volume II is forthcoming from McGahern Stewart Publishing.

Title:  Distant Summers: P. G. Downes' Journals of Travels in Northern Canada, 1936-1947 (Vol I: 1939-1947)
Author: P. G. Downes
Editor: R. H. Cockburn
Publication Information: McGahern Stewart Publishing, 368 Dalhousie St. Suite 301, Ottawa, ON  K1N 7G3
ISBN: 978-0-9868600-2-7
Price: 26.00

Distant Summers Book Vol. 2 Cover Distant Summers: P. G. Downes’ Journals of Travels in Northern Canada, 1936-1947. (Vol II)
The second and final volume of Distant Summers ( Vol. II ) contains the Sleeping Island journal of 1939; the 1940 account of Downes’ attempt to canoe to Kasba Lake on the Kazan River; and the journal of his final canoe voyage, in 1947, from Amisk Lake to Lac La Ronge.

Edited by R. H. Cockburn, this volume includes introductions to each of the journals, numerous notes, twelve appendices, 13 maps, sketches by Downes, and nearly 80 photographs.
Title:  Distant Summers: P. G. Downes' Journals of Travels in Northern Canada, 1936-1947 (Vol II: 1939-1947)
Author: P. G. Downes
Editor: R. H. Cockburn
Publication Information: McGahern Stewart Publishing, 368 Dalhousie St. Suite 301, Ottawa, ON  K1N 7G3
ISBN: 978-0-9868600-3-4
Price: 26.00

Distant Summers Photographs Click here to view P. G. Downes’ Distant Summers photographs, many in the original colour.

  Click here to see April 2012's edition of Canadian Geographic for an article about P.G. Downes' Distant Summers, editor R.H. Cockburn, and McGahern Stewart Publishing.

Sleeping Island Book Cover
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Sleeping Island: The Narrative of a Summer’s Travel in Northern Manitoba and the Northwest Territories by P.G. Downes. New Improved Edition of this Arctic Classic, edited with a new Introduction and Notes by R.H. Cockburn.

A modern classic of travel in northern Canada before the 1939-45 War. As a narrative of an arduous canoe voyage, Sleeping Island has few equals. Bob Cockburn's introduction, sequel, afterword, epilogue and notes make this not simply a reprint, but a new book. On page one, Downes' attempt to answer the question "why" anyone would wish to go north rates, for me, with Shackleton's famous ad for participants for the "South" 1913-1917 expedition.

Author: P. G. Downes
Editor: R. H. Cockburn (new introduction & additional notes)
Publication Information: McGahern Stewart Publishing, Ottawa, 2011. 8 vo. xxvii, 294p., with frontis & 53 illustrations and 6 maps, on high yield finish paper designed to enhance the quality of these important illustrations, colour illustrated stiff wraps with water resident matt coated finish, trade paperback.
new ISBN: 978-0-9868600-0-3
Price: 34.95

 
P.G. Downes Photographs Click here to view P. G. Downes’ Sleeping Island photographs, many in the original colour.
   

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