Gallery 18 is an online shop specializing in Prince Edward Island collectibles including fine art, antique maps and prints, old and collectible books, early photography and ephemera. G18 offers original works by noted Island and Canadian artist Robert Harris (1849-1919). Also on offer are works by P.E.I. artists Elaine Harrison, Henry Purdy, Georgie Read Barton, Erica Rutherford, Ben Stahl and others. In addition, G18 carries a good selection of books devoted to island community history and local family genealogy.
Gallery 18 is always interested in purchasing quality items. As well, we are pleased to assist with starting or enhancing a collection for pleasure or investment. We can also assist with the disposal of collections, either through auction or purchase. In addition, G18 offers advice on the best methods of art and paper conservation, picture framing and book rebinding. We also provide an appraisal service.
Gallery 18 is owned and operated by Aubrey Bell and Patricia Bennett. It began operation in Charlottetown in 1996. Now, it’s located near Borden-Carleton on P.E.I.’s south shore.
1. The Golden Road by L.M. Montgomery
Item Price: $200
Item Description: A 1st edition/1st printing of The Golden Road by L.M. Montgomery. Published by L.C. Page, Boston, in August 1913. The book is based on stories Montgomery learned as a child from her great aunt Mary Lawson. The plot is based around the character Beverley who remembers his childhood days with his brother Felix and friends and cousins Felicity, Cecily, Dan, Sara Stanley (the “Story Girl”), hired-boy Peter and neighbour Sara Ray. The book is dedicated to Mary Lawson.
The book is bound in light green cloth with a paste-down illustration by George Gibbs on the front panel. The same illustration is used for the frontispiece. The books is 369 pages, plus four pages of publisher’s advertising. The covers show edge wear, bumped corners, and surface soiling from handling. The interior pages show foxing. The back endpapers are separating in the gutter. Overall, we rate the condition as fair.
2. Montgomery Birthplace by Morag Weatherston
Item Price: $100
Item Description: A delightful watercolor painting titled, “Birthplace of L.M. Montgomery, P.E.I.” The painting is by Prince Edward Island artist, Morag Weatherston (Gainer), and is dated 1994.
The author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, was born in 1874 in a tiny house overlooking New London Harbor on Prince Edward Island’s north shore. The house is now operated in the summer as a museum dedicated to Montgomery’s life and fiction.
The painting is titled, signed and dated at the bottom right. It measures 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ (9.5 x 14.0 cm). It’s mounted in a matte cut to fit a standard 8″ x 10″ frame. The painting is one of a series of Island Scenes produced by the artist during the 1990s and early 2000s.
3. Barry Jeeves Art Pottery
Item Price: $250
Item Description: A nice piece of art pottery by the noted Canadian artist Barry Jeeves. The vase measures about 11″ (27.9 cm) tall and 4 1/2″ (11.4 cm) in diameter at the base. No chips or crazing.
Barry Richard Jeeves (1934-2015) was born in Toronto. He studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and the Sir George Williams College of Art in Montreal. After travelling and painting across North America on his motorcycle, Barry settled in Banff, Alberta, where he met his wife Joan. In 1971, the family moved to Prince Edward Island. Barry continued to work as a professional artist, potter and teacher for over 40 years.
4. A Manual of Plague
Item Price: $150
Item Description: A 1st edition/1st printing of A Manual of Plague by William Ernest Jennings. The book was published by Rebman of London in 1903. It includes an introduction by Surgeon-General G. Bainbridge, who also helped revise and edit the volume. The work focuses on the incidence of plague in India.
Following publication, the book attracted at least one complimentary review …
“In certain countries where plague is likely to occur it is absolutely necessary that the practitioner should be thoroughly conversant with every aspect of the disease. To this end the present manual is excellently adapted, for it treats of the subject from a practical standpoint, and is besides essentially up to date. The book opens with an introductory chapter upon the interesting history of plague epidemics, after which follow chapters on the bacteriology, pathology, treatment, epidemiology, symptomatology, etiology, etc. The diagnosis and prognosis are appropriately treated and many important pages deal with measures for the suppression and prevention of the spread of plague. The author’s personal knowledge and extensive experience with the disease certainly give the book a practical value.”
The book is a large octavo, 254 pages, illustrated, and cloth bound. The covers shows soiling from handling. The interior pages are clean, but somewhat age toned. The rear endpaper shows a date stamp for December 16, 1903, for receipt at the office of the Director General Public Health.
5. Island Shoreline by Georgie Read Barton
Item Price: $2475
Item Description: A fine late career painting by the noted Prince Edward Island-born artist, Georgie Read Barton. The scene depicted is that of a shoreline likely close to where the artist was born in Borden-Carleton.
Georgie Read Barton (1902-1994) was to become one of the first women ever admitted into the Salmagundi Club, the oldest existing art club in the world. She was listed in the Who’s Who in American Art, The World Who’s Who of Women, and The Dictionary of International Biographies, and was winner of many awards including a citation from The American Artists Professional League “for effective action and sustained devotion in the cause of fine art.” Georgie Read attended Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, from 1924 to 1927, coming back to the Island to teach at Edgehill School. In 1930, she set out for New York, where she studied at the Art Students League. She was Director of Art at the Ottawa Ladies College from 1932 to 1940 and later taught at St. Agnes School in Albany, New York. In 1942, at the age of 40, she married fellow painter George Barton and had a son. On P.E.I., The Barton Art Club introduced many to the techniques of outdoor landscape painting. Barton painted into her nineties, often going back to the same island location.
The painting is oil on art board. The image measures 12″ x 16″ (30.5 x 40.6 cm). It’s signed and dated (1990) at the bottom right. And it’s framed.
6. L.M. Montgomery Association Postcard
Item Price: $150
Item Description: On offer is an uncommon L.M. Montgomery association item. It’s a postcard written by “the other woman” in a love triangle involving the Prince Edward Island author.
The real photo card depicts the old Public School in Lloydminster built in 1907. The card was sent by Elma Louetta “Ettie” Schurman to her mother in Central Bedeque, Prince Edward Island.
A decade earlier, in the late 1890s, Montgomery boarded for a time in a house in Lower Bedeque across the road the from the school where she was teaching. The house was the home of Cornelius Leard and his family. Montgomery developed a significant attraction for a son, Herman Leard.
Montgomery is said to have considered Leard “the love of her life.” But the Leard family says Herman’s true affections were directed elsewhere, towards Ettie Schurman.
Herman died of influenza in 1899 leaving both Montgomery and Schurman looking elsewhere for potential husbands, which they found. Ettie married in 1904 and moved to Alberta. Montgomery married in 1911 and moved to Ontario.
There’s a footnote. When the postcard was written on March 20, 1909, Ettie was a young mother. She told her own mother “we are all well.” However, five months later Ettie was dead. In August 1909 she died of complications following a bout of double pneumonia. Ettie was 28 years old.
7. 450th Newfoundland Anniversary Map
8. Progress & Prospects of P.E.I.
Item Price: $200
Item Description: A fair example of a seldom seen P.E.I. title. The Progress and Prospects of Prince Edward Island was published by C. Birch Bagster at Charlottetown in 1861. The author says the book’s intent is “to supply information upon which enquiring emigrants may rely, and actual settlers adopt as the basis of a wider knowledge of their beautiful island home.”
This copy carries an ownership signature on the front free endpaper. Edward B. Alleyne was 16-years-old when he moved with his family from Barbados to Prince Edward Island in 1838. The Alleynes made Hillsborough Castle at the Head of the Hillsborough River their home. Alleyne would become a Justice of the Peace and a member of the 2nd Kings County Regiment of the Reserve Militia. He was also involved in politics.
The book is a small octavo with 139 printed pages, along with a 36 page Appendix. It’s bound with stiff card covers. The covers show edge wear, soiling from handling, and damp staining. The paper spine is lacking. The interior pages show age toning and occasional damp staining.
9. St. Lawrence River Charts
Item Price: $125
Item Description: An uncommon tourist guide titled Craig’s A, B, C Key to River St. Lawrence Channels. The softcover guide was produced by Commodore T.J. Craig of the R. and O. Navigation company in Toronto. It includes color maps showing the waterway from Kingston, Ontario, through the Thousand Islands, to Montreal, Quebec. The guide was first issued in 1901. It’s an oblong quarto with 28 pages of text and 10 folding maps
T.J. Craig was from Kingston, Ontario. By 1903, Captain Craig had moved to Prince Edward Island. His wife was from Orwell Cove, which is also known as Kinross. For a time, Craig operated a steamship called the City of London. It carried passengers and freight to and from various ports around the island. By the 1920s, however, Craig was spending most of his time operating an orchard growing fruit and flowers. Craig also imported Maple trees and began maple syrup production. He retired from the orchard in 1938.
10. Antique P.E.I. Lobster Label
Item Price: $95
Item Description: An original Guernsey Lobster label from Prince Edward Island issued by Clow & Son, Murray Harbour.
The Canadian Museum of History attributes the printing to the Sabiston Litho & Pub. Co., Montreal. The museum dates the label from the 1920s.
The piece measures 9 1/2″ x 13 1/4″ (24.1 x 33.7 cm), and is blank on the reverse. This example shows minor edge wear and chipping in the outer margins. Also, minor soiling from handling. A nice survivor and suitable for framing.
11. 1881 Scientific American Bound Magazines
Item Price: $100
Item Description: On offer is a bound volume of the Scientific American including the 18 weekly issues of the magazine published from January 1, 1881, through April 30th of the same year. Also bound in are the 18 weekly supplements for the same period, including numbers 261 through 278.
The issues cover a wide range of topics and are contain many woodblock engravings. Of special note is an illustrated article describing Alexander Graham Bell’s “Photophone” – a device allowing the transmission of speech on a beam of light. Bell would say the Photophone was his most important invention. It was a precursor to fiber-optic communication systems now in widespread use a century later. Also included in the magazines are stories about manufacturing and engineering, bridge construction, and talk about a Panama Canal.
The volume is from the library of J. Barsalou & Co., Montreal. Joseph Barsalou (1822-1897) was a businessman and politician. He was involved in a range of businesses from auctioneering to soap making, and the manufacture of rubber goods, as well as glassware.
(The is a large and heavy volume weighing about 7 lbs (3.2 kg). Extra packing and shipping charges will apply.)
[More volumes of Scientific American from the same source are also available. Information available on request.]
12. Moose Tracking by Henry Buckton Laurence
Item Price: $450
Item Description: Moose Tracking (Plate #17) from the portfolio Sketches of Canadian Sports and Pastimes by H.B. Laurence. The collection of 19 prints was published in 1870 by Thomas MacLean of London. The lithographs are among the first color-printed images produced depicting life in the third quarter of the 19th-century in eastern Canada.
In this view, Laurence describes the challenges hunting a large animal in close quarters. “[A] considerable circuit may have to made before a shot is obtained, and then ofttimes the wood is so thick, and so small a portion of the moose visible, that your long crawl may only result in frightening the animal, and an indignant grunt from your Indian friend, as he scornfully points to where your bullet has harmlessly lodged in the nearest tree, and seats himself for a quiet smoke, looking anything but pleased.”
Henry Buckton Laurence (1842-1886) was a British military officer who used his drawing skills to record his experience in North America, specifically Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. The chromolithographs included in the portfolio feature winter landscapes of settlers enjoying various recreational activities, travel, or hunting scenes with Mi’kmaq guides.
The printed image measures 8 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ (21.6 x 27.9 cm). The artist’s HBL monogram appears in the plate at the lower right. The print has been cleaned and restored and mounted on archival card. An uncommon offering.
13. 1928 Atlas of Prince Edward Island
Item Price: $750
Item Description: A nice example of the Atlas of Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada and the World. It was published by the Cummins Map Company of Toronto, circa 1928.
The atlas devotes most of its opening pages to detailing of P.E.I.’s contribution to the First World War. At the same time, new industries such as silver fox farming are also highlighted as are the continuing growth of the potato and lobster industries.
The atlas is a small folio size. It’s bound in burgundy pebbled cloth boards with gilt title on front. Illustrated with colour maps and half-tone photo images. As well as a double-page map of the island, the book includes 67 lot maps each accompanied by a rural residential directory. In addition, there are 26 pages dealing with other Canadian provinces. The second part of the book contains “The New International Atlas of the World” illustrated by Wharton, Burgoyne and Peake.
The atlas shows wear consistent with age and usage.
14. 19th Century Painting of Erato & Cupid
Item Price: $1400
Item Description: A delightful 19th century painting depicting Erato, one of the Nine Muses of Greek mythology. Erato is the Muse of lyric poetry, including love, erotic poetry and songs. Erato is often shown wearing a wreath of myrtle (periwinkle). Sometimes she’s shown holding a lyre, or a small kithara.
The painting is an oil on canvas, which has been relined. It’s unframed. The painting likely dates from the mid-19th century and is unsigned. The painted surface shows some minor scuffing.
15. 1909 Bordeaux Wine Festival Poster
Item Price: $1000
Item Description: On offer is an original antique poster titled Fête de Vendanges by G. Larée. In September 1909, Bordeaux organized its first harvest festival. It was a three-day event from September 11th to the 13th, including a parade of floats representing various wine-growing regions in the area, and the creation of an opera. The Bacchus Triomphant was performed in an open-air theater installed on the place des Quinconces .
The poster was printed by Gustave Gounouilhou in Bordeaux. The artist is Gustave Larée (1867-1940). He’s best remembered as a French academic painter. This poster is one of only a handful the artist is known to have designed.
The poster measures about 51″ x 34 1/2″ (129.5 x 87.5 cm), and is mounted on archival linen backing. The poster shows punch holes in left margin and a few surface abrasions.