Alexandre Antique Prints, Maps & Books

Alexandre Arjomand, Toronto

 Alexandre Antique Prints, Maps & Books are specialist dealers in 15th to 19th century Prints, Maps and Books. The gallery is able to offer one of the largest selections of Prints and Maps available in North America.

    The business was founded in 1982 and has supplied Prints, Maps and Books to many private and public art collectors. It strives to present a friendly and helpful atmosphere to both expert and amateur collectors. The comfortable interior encourages browsing through the thousands of prints & maps which are organized by subject and size. The shop has grown considerably since its humble beginnings to an internationally respected firm.

    We exhibit at major map & book fairs in North America and Europe and are happy to organize presentations of materials for corporations, interior designers and individuals.

    We are always interested in purchasing collections or individual items of quality. Catalogues and lists are issued periodically and we would be delighted to have details of customers’ specific interests, so we can contact them when examples come into stock.

We are members of the following trade organizations: The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB-LILA), and The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Canada (ABAC).

Contact Dealer

(416) 364-2376

593 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto, ON
M4S 2M5

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1.  RARE Toronto Poster.  World Class Film & Video Toronto Production & Post Production Center 1995-1997

Item Price: $1500

Item Description: Paper Size: 702 x 998 Millimetres
27.64 x 39.29 Inches
Date: 1997
Publisher : Toronto Production & Post Production Center
Place of Publication : Toronto
Coloring: Printed in Color
Condition: Very Good
Medium: Offset Lithograph

2.  Designs of Hall, Library and Office Furniture in All Styles

Item Price: $750

Item Description: Pub. Year: c.1905
Size: Oblong Thick 4to (300×232
Pub. Name: Entered at Stationers’ Hall, Wholesalers: S & S.; Retailer: W. Davies of Stantonbury.
Binding: Half morocco with textured publisher’s cloth. Blind ruling at joints. Upper board embossed with gilt titles. Flat spine with emobossed gilt title. All edges stained red. Marbled pasted and free endpapers.
Condition: A scarce furniture cataloge in very good condition, plates are clean and crisp, some wear to exterior. Occasional period pencil marginalia and drawings.
Illustration: This catalogue illustrated with a profusion of full-page and in-text plates of a range of designs illustrating furniture of in all styles of the Classic makers.
Pagination: P. Preliminary, general index, title, Index, Second title, p101-1078 (all plates, no text).
Notes:8 sections in one volume and each section apparently complete except Pianofortes and organs lacks 3 leaves and Chimney Glasses lacks one leaf.


Item Price: $750

Item Description: Author: RUSSELL, WILLIAM HOWARD, Sir; Robert Dudley (Illustrator):
Pub. Year: [publisher’s advertisement refers to Nov. & Dec. 1865.], c. 1865.
Size: Quarto (287x 204mm).
Pub. Name: Day and Son Limited.
Pub. Place: London
Edition: First edition.
Illustration: Illustrated with twenty-six (26) lithographed plates, incl. chromolithographed title and engraved chart; plates depicting various scenes of telegraphic cable being laid in the Atlantic.
Pagination: Ill. title, bl., list (3), bl., 117, bl., publisher’s advertisement (4)
Binding: Contemporary full decorative gilt and blind panelled and blocked green cloth boards; heavily decorated with gilt British coat of arms, American eagle, also gilt coin representations of flags, the Union Jack, the Stars and Stripes; gilt spine flat, with title; all edges gilt.
Condition: A near fine example with plates and text clean and crisp
Reference: Wheeler Gift 1622; Bibliography of Newfoundland 704a; Sabin 74396.
Notes: This was the first cable laying voyage using the S.S. Great Eastern The SS Great Eastern was an iron sailing steam ship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. She was the largest ship ever built at the time of her 1858 launch, and had the capacity to carry 4,000 passengers around the world without refueling. Under Sir James Anderson she laid 4,200 km of the 1865 transatlantic telegraph cable. Under Captains Anderson and then Robert Halpin, from 1866 to 1878 the ship laid over 48,000 km of submarine telegraph cable including from Brest, France to Saint Pierre and Miquelon in 1869, and from Aden to Bombay in 1869 and 1870.

4.  Les Nourritures Terrestres.

Item Price: $750

Item Description: Author: Andre Gide; Pierre Boncompain, lith.
Pub. Year: 1990.
Size: Folio.
Pub. Name: Michele Trinckvel
Pub. Place: Paris
Edition: Limited Edition
Pagination: P. cover page, half-title, frontis, title-page, printer’s imprint, blank, preface 5-7, blank, author’s note 9, blank, 11-209, publication information, free end paper.
Illustration: With 10 coloured and 19 black and white lithographs by Pierre Boncompain, pertaining to food, women and nature. and 28 pages of French text with black-and-white textual vignettes.
Binding: Contemporary full yellow cloth with title and vignette of a woman stamped on upper board, flat spine with stamped title, shaped as a box.
Condition: An excellent copy.
Reference: Nobel Prize Library: Gide, Gjellerup, Heyse. Helvetica Press, 1971.
Notes: Text in French André Paul Guillaume Gide was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1947. Gide’s career spanned from the symbolist movement to the advent of anti-colonialism between the two World Wars. “Les Nourritures terrestres (Fruits of the Earth, 1897)… was published at the author\s own expense. It is the most extreme and meticulous example of Gide’s early predilection for poetic prose. But it was also a breakthrough for Gide. Here he gave up irony and indirection for a positive celebration of the senses, of self- indulgence in beauty. He stopped putting off temptation, or being ashamed of it, and celebrated its savor, its liberating qualities, no longer in a tone of lamentation but with a hymn-like fervor. It is easy to see how such exaltation disconcerted the public and the critics, who – for the moment at least, a moment that was to extend beyond World War I – remained unimpressed. Gide’s expressions did not fit into any of the accepted conventions, yet did not lash out against them. Apart from Nietzsche, who certainly had some influence on Gide, there were few precedents for a didactic work of so personal and lyrical a nature.” (Nobel Prize Library 105-114)

5.  Le Jour de Gloire.

Item Price: $1250

Item Description: Author: Richartz, Walter Erich, author and Zimbrich, Walter, illustrator:
Printer : Schriftgiesserei Ludwig & Mayer, Frankf. A. M.
Pagination :
Illustration: Title and information printed on upper board, beautiful multi-colored xylomontage lithographs; illustrations by Walter Zimbrich, b. 1944.
Pub. Year: c. 1964
Size: Folio (320x430mm)
Pub. Name: Gulliver-Presse, Bayerle & Jaeger, publisher, Bad Homburg
Pub. Place: Bad Homburg and Frankfurt am Main
Edition: First and Limited edition, Nr. 19 of 25; signed by the author and illustrator.
Binding: Contemporary, black, half cloth with red marbled boards and matching contemporary blue marbled pasted and free endpapers.
Condition: Near fine example of this decorative and modern work.
Reference: Gregor Arzt: Ueber literarische und naturwissentschaftliche Erkenntnis, pp. 57, Spindler 122.10
Notes: On the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the French Revolution, Walter Richartz’ “Le Jour de Gloire” was published in 1964. This is exemplar 19 of a limited edition of 25, hand-printed by the artist and signed by both author and artist. A closing printer’s note states: “Die Xylomontagen wurden für dieses Buch angefertigt, von Walter Zimbrich auf der Handpresse gedruckt und nach Drucklegung vernichtet” translated: ”The xylomontages were made for this book, printed by Walter Zimbrich on the hand press and destroyed after printing”. All illustrations were created by Walter Zimbrich, whereby in this work, author and illustrator influenced one another. The author, Richartz, used the opportunity to express in critical text his mistrust and misgivings of the use of force, even when it appears legitimate for political purposes. Parallel to the artful description of the French Revolution with its atrocities and violations of power, there is a chain of allusions to scientific and technical progress advancing rapidly in parallel during this time woven into the text. The hot air balloon, for example, an invention, and electricity, a discovery of this period, would be experimented with; both are given detailed attention. A scene on electricity, for instance, connects itself to another scene showing the queen taking her last steps toward the guillotine; again this event is directly placed just prior to the closing picture – the new invention, the hot-air balloon quietly rising up westwards. Text in German.

6.  The Wind in the Willows

Item Price: $575

Item Description: Author: Kenneth Grahame
Pub. Year: 1940.
Size: Quarto
Pub. Name: the Limited Editions Club.
Pub. Place: New York
Edition: Limited edition, number 1105 of 2020 copies.
Illustration: This edition of “The Wind in the Willows” consists of two thousand & twenty copies printed for The Limited Editions Club at the Walpole Printing Office. The illustrations were drawn by Arthur Rackham and the edition was designed by and printed under the supervision of Brian Roger. Copy No. 1105.
Binding: 1/4 cream cloth over marbled paper boards, title in gilt on flat spine, edges uncut, top edge in gilt.
Condition: A fine and handsome example, texts and plates are clean and crisp.
Notes: The Wind in the Willows is a children’s novel by Scottish novelist Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. Alternatingly slow moving and fast paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphised animals: Mole, Rat (a European water vole), Toad, and Badger. They live in a pastoral version of Edwardian England. The novel is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality, and camaraderie, and celebrated for its evocation of the nature of the Thames Valley. Kenneth Grahame (1859 – 1932) was a Scottish writer, most famous for The Wind in the Willows (1908), one of the classics of children’s literature. He also wrote The Reluctant Dragon. Both books were later adapted for stage and film, of which A. A. Milne’s Toad of Toad Hall, based on part of The Wind in the Willows, was the first. Other adaptations include the Disney films The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad and The Reluctant Dragon.

7.  Canadian National Electric Lines (A Collection of Early Photographs of Canadian Street Cars)

Item Price: $1250

Item Description: Pub. Year: 1890-1960
Size: 4to.
Pub. Place: Montreal
Notes: Scarce album of 176 Black and White photographs of Canadian street cars from Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton and Calgary etc. Photograph sizes are 3 ½ by 5 ½ inches. 1890-1960

8.  Quelques Aquarelles de Lebasque

Item Price: $375

Item Description: Author: Adolphe Tabarant
Pub. Year: 1925
Size: Folio (57 X 45.5 cm)
Pub. Name: Rene Kieffer
Pub. Place: Paris
Edition: Limited edition # 293 of 500;
Pagination: Title, limited edition, presentation (3), 4 plates
Illustration: 4 mounted plates of 11 on heavy uncut paper;
Binding: loose as issued in original printed portfolio wrapper
Condition: Lacks 7 plates; otherwise a very good example; text and plates are clean and crisp.
Notes: A folio of 4 large decorative prints by Lebasque;

9.  LOS OJOS // DE LA MUERTE // THE EYES // OF DEATH // Grabados / Susana Wald / Etchings // Rios Imaginarios 2 Imaginary Rivers

Item Price: $750

Item Description: Author: Zeller, Ludwig (author); Wald, Susana, illustrator:
Pub. Year: August 1984;
Size: folio box (400x310mm), pl
Pub. Name: Ludwig Zeller,
Pub. Place: Toronto:
Edition: Limited 1984 Edition; signed by both illustrator and author.
Pagination: P. 20
Illustration: Illustrated with two signed plates in colour.
Binding: White cloth box; upper board with central gilt embossed design, spine with gilt lettered title; loose
Condition: Box soiled; contents in fine condition.
Notes: Text in both Spanish and English

10.  Pasteur dessins et pastels. Preface de Charles Merieux.

Item Price: $275

Item Description: Author: Maurice Vallery-Radot
Pub. Year: 1986.
Size: Folio.
Pub. Name: Editions Hervas.
Pub. Place: Paris
Edition: Limited Edition, numbered 829 out of 1000.
Illustration: Complete with 26 large coloured plates on cards of Pasteur and his family and people around him.
Binding: Burgundy publisher’s cloth, title in gilt on upper board. Loose sheets.
Condition: A very good example.

11.  The Christian s Complete Family Bible or, Universal Library of Divine Knowledge; Library of Divine Knowledge; Containing the Whole of the Sacred Texts of the Old and New Testaments with the Apocrypha at Large

Item Price: $750

Item Description: Pub. Year: c. 1809
Size: Folio
Pub. Name: John Fowler
Pub. Place: Ormskirk, UK
Volume: two
Pagination: Both volumes are unpaginated but included in the text are the Old and New Testament and the Apocrypha.
Illustration: Both volumes are unpaginated but included in the text are the Old and New Testament, as well as the Apocrypha.
Binding: Recent gilt ¼ calf with matching blue cloth boards, spine in 6 compartments of raised bands with gilt geometrical design along the bands, gilt text on two and five.
Condition: In very good condition

12.  The History of the Hudson’s Bay Company / 1670-1870 / By E. E. Rich, M.A. / Master of St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge / Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History / With a Foreword by the Right Honourable Sir Winston Churchill, K.G., O.M., C.H., F.R.S., M.P. / Grand Seigneur of the Company of Adventurers of England trading into Hudson’s Bay

Item Price: $275

Item Description: Author: E. E. Rich; Winston Churchill
Pub. Year: 1958-9.
Size: 8vo.
Pub. Name: The Hudson’s Bay Record Society
Pub. Place: London
Edition: First and Limited Edition.
Volume: Two Volumes.
Pagination: P. Volume 1. (2), half-title, blank, list of members of the HBC Record Society, blank, title, limited edition notice, frontis leaf, title, printer’s imprint, foreword, blank, preface xi-xii, contents xiii-xv, list of illustrations, 1-687, blank, list of members i-ix, list of subscribing libraries x-xv, blank, (2); Volume 2. (6), half-title, blank, list of members of the HBC Record Society, blank, frontis leaf, title, limited edition notice, title, printer’s imprint, ix-x, list of illustrations, blank, 1-974, (2), list of members i-ix, list of subscribing libraries x-xv, blank, (2).
Illustration: Complete with a coloured frontispiece portrait in each volume, 4 additional leaves of portraits, 2 folding maps, and double-page endpaper-pastedown maps.
Binding: Original blue cloth boards, flat spine with gilt title and gilt HBC stamp, top edges gilt, fore- and bottom edges untrimmed.
Condition: Excellent condition, some leaves unopened.
Reference: Smith S602; Tweney 64.
Notes: These are Volumes XXI and XXII of the Publications of the Hudson’s Bay Record Society, distributed in a limited printing to society members. These two volumes are the most detailed of the Society’s publications, and presents a definitive history of the great British fur-trading venture, covering the Company’s activities from the granting of the Charter (1670) to the Deed of Surrender (1869). The author had unprecendented access to original documents from the Company archives.

13.  The Canada directory for 1857-58, containing names of professional and business men, and of the principal inhabitants, in the cities, towns and villages throughout the province, alphabetical directories of banks, benevolent and religious societies, clergy of all denominations, crown land agents, custom houses and officers of customs, governmental departments and employes, militia, newspapers and periodicals, ports of entry, registrars, post office department, post offices & postmasters with statement of imports and exports, provincial debt, revenue, expenditure, revenue from canals, trade, population, school acts, tariffs of customs, &c., and railway and steamboat routes throughout Canada, corrected to November, 1857.

Item Price: $475

Item Description: Author: Lovell, John
Pub. Year: c. 1857
Size: 4to. (255x165mm)
Pub. Name: John Lovell, St. Nicholas Street
Pub. Place: Montreal
Pagination: Printed reference to map, published separately, pasted on upper free , signed endpaper, blank (3), title, errata, preface 3-4, index and calendar 5- 16, 1166, advertisements 1167-1543, subscribers (1).
Binding: Contemporary full black cloth, rebacked skillfully saving the original spine, covers encased with wide and narrow blind ruled fillets as well as large, oval, decorative, blind tooled centerpiece wide and narrow fillets. Gilt title and gilt floral motif.
Condition: Covers and spine rubbed, edges fringed, text relatively clean; overall in good condition.

14.  The Hudson Bay Route

Item Price:

Item Description: Author: Catherine Clara Norquay
Pub. Year: c. 1930.
Size: 4to.
Pub. Place: Manitoba
Pagination: P. Title, blank, contents, blank, 1-108 (including 17 photographs)
Illustration: (including 17 photographs)
Binding: Contemporary ¼ pebbled cloth over marbled boards, title on white label on upper board.
Condition: In very good condition.
Notes : A scarce university thesis written in circa 1930 by a young woman covering the Hudson Bay Route from the very beginning with references to colonization, trade routes and development of transportation. Then after examination of the route by land and water and covering the terminals at Nelson & Churchill the author considers the possibilities in Northern development and the economic phases of the route.

15.  Approximate Route of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway

Item Price: $575

Item Description: Title: Approximate Route of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway
Printer: Matthews-Northrup Works
Image Size : 405 x 832 Millimetres
15.94 x 32.76 Inches
Publisher: Grand Trunk Pacific Railway
Pub. Place: US
Coloring: Printed in Color
Condition: Very Good
Notes: A fine railway map of Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, depicting its various routes across the country. The map folds into superb full leather original covers.