The format of the book will be familiar to users of Charlton's Canadian Bank Notes. A historical introduction is given for each issuer, wherever possible, and note descriptions follow, including designs, colours, dimensions, dates, imprints and signatures. Each note and variety is identified by a catalogue number, and the numbering system is again derived from that used in Canadian Bank Notes. Representative illustrations are included. Finally, notes are priced in up to six grades based on data provided by a number of leading collectors and dealers. Listings are organized by province of origin, and are presented in alphabetical sequence for each province. Not surprisingly, just over half of the book is devoted to issues from Quebec, which has had such a long and rich history of merchants' bons. Several pages at the back of the book are devoted to "maverick" notes, which lack either the issuer's name or location. It is hoped that with continued research, and a measure of good luck, these can be identified for future editions. It was essential at the outset to define what paper would be listed and what would not, and it was decided to follow the intent of the 1980 catalogue and restrict listings to notes intended to fulfill a currency role. Thus bons which were good for specific goods or services, but not cash, were not included. Commission scrip, discount coupons, ordinary promissory notes and such like are also excluded. New listings are included which are not found in the 1980 catalogue, and a couple of earlier listings which clearly lay outside the parameters of the book have been deleted. Some errors of very long standing have been corrected, such as the dating of the J. D. Harris note of Kentville, N.S., and the true identity revealed of "W. Gittinear" of Prescott, Ont. whose name has been wrongly rendered since Breton's 1894 catalogue. Actual size of book - H 11" x W 9" - 224 Pages - Fully Illustrated.