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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 17, April 27, 2008, Article 2

BOOK REVIEW: LES BANQUES AU QUEBEC BY JEAN-PIERRE PARE

[Serge Pelletier submitted this review of a new book on banks
in Quebec. -Editor]

Paré, Jean-Pierre. Les banques au Québec. Les Éditions GID,
Québec, 2008. 8 ¼" x 8 7/8" (21 x 22.6 cm), 413 pages,
illustrated. ISBN 978-2-89634-006-4

After some 40 years of extensive research into Canadian banks,
Quebec numismatist Jean-Pierre Paré, FCNRS, is offering us Les
banques au Québec (Banks in Quebec). This wonderful work by the
one known as "Mr. Chartered Banks", in the Canadian numismatic
milieu, offers an interesting look at the banks that have done
and are doing business in the Province of Quebec. A brief history
is given for every bank, more than a hundred of them, and is
nicely illustrated with images of banknotes, calendars, deposit
books, cheques and other bank paraphernalia from the author's
collection.

Written in his native French, Paré truly conveys his passion
for the subject in an easy to read approach. The book is divided
into six chapters: banks whose head office was in Quebec,
Canadian banks that had branches in Quebec, the savings banks
of Quebec, bank projects in Quebec, spurious banks in Quebec
and governmental banks in Quebec. In closing, the author also
offers a list of Canadian banks that have not had any branches
in Quebec.

The book is available from the author through Bonavita,  Box
11447, Station H, Nepean, ON  K2H 7V1 CANADA, fax: +1-613-599-7630,
Email: bonavita@eligi.ca, at US$55.00 post-paid. An English
edition is being considered.

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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