On December 2 the State Library received a wonderful gift for the collection on behalf of the Consulat General du Canada. Neil J. Le Blanc, Consul General, presented The Evolution of Parliamentary Democracy in Nova Scotia to Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo as a gift to the State Library. This volume commemorates 250 years of democracy and reproduces important documents from Nova Scotia's history. Only 12 copies of this book were made, all being hand-bound and printed on handmade linen paper. A booklet, The Making of "The Evolution of Parliamentary Democracy in Nova Scotia", accompanies the presentation volume and illustrates the methods and materials used in producing this volume.
In addition to being a beautifully made showpiece, this volume enhances the library's collection and expands our coverage of legal history. The Evolution of Parliamentary Democracy in Nova Scotia is available for viewing in the Special Collections department. As part of the 250th celebration, content from this volume is posted in an online exhibit available through the Democracy 250 website.
- Lacy Crews Stoneburner, Preservation Librarian