New Book: Mounties On The Cover

RCMP Veteran Al Lunn book cover




RCMP Veteran Al Lund has published a new book entitled “Mounties On The Cover.”  Check out the details below.






Over the course of fifty years, distinguished Staff Sergeant (retired) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Alert Henry Lund amassed the largest ever collection of Mountie books, magazines, and comics.  Al’s passion for these treasures of Canadiana led him to scour bookstores across North America and online.

He retired from the RCMP in 1988 but continued working at the Justice Institute of British Columbia until 2012.  By that time, Al’s collection had grown to over 9,000 items.  His collection was later donated to the University of Alberta Libraries and all of the rare material are now hosed at the Bruce Peel Special Collections.

Photograph of the cover of Al Lund’s new book – “Mounties On The Cover.”


Mountie Mystique Marches On In University Of Alberta LibraryFew police forces have a brand as iconic as that of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The image of the stoic man keeping the peace in his distinctive red coat became a national symbol and international commodity. The Mounties inspired — and continue to inspire — fictional tales by artists around the world.

Retired RCMP staff sergeant Al Lund has spent more than 50 years collecting Mountie books, magazines and comics.

His collection was so important to him that in 1990, when he was building his dream retirement home, he had an entire wall made for the books, complete with its own ladder, so he could reach the highest shelves. Boxes of his comics and magazines filled another room in the house.READ MORE & VIEW THE VIDEO

Photograph of the back cover of Al Lunn’s book – “Mounties On The Cover.”

The book can be purchased from Indigo, Amazon, and the University of Alberta Press. Individuals can also order the book from their favourite bookseller.

The exhibition has already received media coverage in the Edmonton Journal, the Edmonton Examiner, Metro News, and CBC’s Radio Active. The video interview on the Edmonton Journal website with curator Al Lunn (retired Staff Sergeant of the RCMP) and Peter German (retired Deputy Commissioner of the RCMP) is definitely worth a listen.

The exhibition is open to the public from Monday to Friday (12:00pm to 4:30pm) until July 21st, so please encourage your members to drop by and have a look if they are in the Edmonton area.


Publication date: May 2017
Features: 134 B&W and colour illustrations, bibliography
Series: Bruce Peel Special Collections Library
Keywords: RCMP / Book Collecting
Subject(s): ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES / Books, ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES / Canadiana, ART / Canadian, RCMP / Book Collecting
Publisher(s): Bruce Peel Special Collections & Archives

We encourage you to purchase Al’s book and enjoy the content.

Photograph of RCMP Veteran Al Lund with his new book – “Mounties On The Cover”