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. A.J. Casson Original Poster
Item Price: $350
Item Description: Artist: A(lfred). J(oseph). Casson (1898 –1992)
Title: Salada Thé Noir
Image size: 15″ x 10″ (38.1 x 25.4 cm)
Frame size: 20″ x 14 1/2″ (50.8 x 36.8 cm)
Description: Color lithography on paper. Discovered in a Montreal warehouse. Framed and matted under glass by dealer. Original-store poster – not mounted on card or linen. During the early part of the 20th century, Casson worked for a succession of commercial art firms in Toronto, including Brigden’s, Rous & Mann, and Sampson-Matthews. The design of the label depicted in the poster was used by Salada during the 1930s. Poster shows minor wear consistent with age.
A.J. Casson was a member of the Canadian Group of Seven. He joined in 1926 at the invitation of Franklin Carmichael. Casson is best known for his depictions of landscapes, forests and farms of southern Ontario, and for being the youngest member of the Group of Seven.
2. New York Birds-Eye View
Item Price: $400
Item Description: Title: Colored Birds-Eye View and Good Auto Route Map of New York and Vicinity
Publisher/Printer: George J. Nostrand, New York, c1928
Image size: 19 1/2″ x 29 1/2″ (49.5 x 74.9 cm)
Folded size: 7″ x 4″ (17.8 x 10.2 cm)
Description: Color lithography on paper. Blank on reverse except for printed title. Shows 2 horizontal and 7 vertical folds, as issued. Shows minor separation at some fold corners. Shows minor edge wear and soiling from handling consistent with age and usage.
The map highlights major auto and ferry routes. Also included is an illustration of an airplane labeled “The Spirit of St. Louis.” Charles Lindbergh flew the aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean in May 1927, which helps date the view.
3. Leonard Baskin Bronze Sculpture
Item Price: $2500
Item Description: Artist: Leonard Baskin (American, 1922-2000)
Title: Esther (c1956)
Size of mask: 9” x 6” (22.9 x 15.2 cm).
Size of base: 3” x 6” (7.6 x 15.2 cm).
Overall, measurements are 12” x 6” (30.5 x 15.2 cm).
Total weight: 17 lbs (8 kg).
Description: Bronze mask on stone plinth. Patina as found. Provenance on request.
Leonard Baskin was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He had his first exhibition of sculpture when he was just seventeen. He studied at Yale from 1941 to 1943 and received his B.A. at the New School for Social Research in 1949. Baskin spent 1950 and 1951 abroad, studying in Paris and Florence. In 1953, he began teaching printmaking and sculpture at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he remained until 1974. Baskin moved to England in 1974 and stayed till 1983 when he returned to America. The artist won many awards including the Gold Medal of the National Academy of Arts and Letters, the Special Medal of Merit of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Gold Medal of the National Academy of Design.
Source: Masterworks Fine Art
Esther Tane Baskin was the artist’s first wife. She died in 1973 at the age of 47 years old.
Source: New York Times
4. Scenery of Switzerland
Item Price: $75
Item Description: Title: The Scenery of Switzerland
Author: Lord Avebury
Publisher: MacMillan and Co., Limited, London, 1913
Description: 8vo. 501pp. Illustrated with maps and prints. St. Paul’s English school full leather binding. Decorated boards with raised bands and title label on spine. Gilt page edges. Marbled endpapers. School bookplate on front endpaper. Spine faded.
5. 1902 New Brunswick Royal Tour
Item Price: $150
Item Description: Title: Our Royal Guests – A Souvenir of the Visits of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York
Author: John R. Hamilton
Publisher: Self-published, Saint John, NB, & Boston, MA, 1902
Description: Large oblong 4to. Not paginated. Illustrated with numerous half-tone engravings, including panoramas of Saint John harbor. Bound in burgundy cloth with gilt titles on the front panel. Cloth shows scuffing consistent with age and usage. Binding somewhat shaken. Previous owner’s signature in ink on front free endpaper.
6. 1781 Nova Scotia Map
Item Price: $250
Item Description: Title: A New and accurate Map of the Province of Nova Scotia in North America from the latest Observations
Image size: 11 1/8″ x 13″ (28.3 x 33.0 cm) to outer neat line.
Publisher: Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure, April 1781, Volume 68.
Description: Copper engraving on watermarked paper. Though described as a map of Nova Scotia, it shows the entire Gulf of St. Lawrence including present day Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Magdalen Islands, southwestern Newfoundland & Labrador, Québec’s Gaspé, and eastern Maine. The map shows one horizontal and three vertical folds, as found. Some folds have been reinforced on the reverse with archival tape.
The Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure was a periodical published in London from 1747 through 1814 by John Hinton and W. Bent. It advertised itself as dealing with “Letters, Debates, Essays, Tales, Poetry, History, Biography, Antiquities, Voyages, Travels, Astronomy, Geography, Mathematics, Mechanics, Architecture, Philosophy, Medicine, Chemistry, Husbandry, Gardening and other Arts and Sciences; which may render it Instructive and Entertaining.
7. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Item Price: $150
Item Description: Title: The Best of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher: The Franklin Library, Franklin Center, PA, 1977
Description: 4to. 643pp. Illustrated by Ben F. Stahl and signed by the illustrator on the title page. Bound in leather with gilt decoration on the panels and spine. Gilt page edges. Silk endpapers. Ribbon book mark bound in. Covers show minor edge wear.
Ben F. Stahl (b. 1932) was born in Chicago, Illinois. He’s the eldest son of American illustrator Ben A. Stahl (1910-1987). Ben F. Stahl grew up with illustration, but never took formal art training. Beginning in the 1970s, Stahl dedicated himself to his illustration career. His art has been commissioned by most of the major publishers in America. In more recent times, Stahl has focused more on portraits and landscape paintings. Presently, the artist lives in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
Source: The Illustrator in American 1880-1980
8. Old PEI Lobster Label
Item Price: $325
Item Description: Title: Fresh Guernsey Lobster Fern Brand
Publisher: Clow & Son, Murray Harbour, PEI
Printer: The Sabiston Litho & Pub’g Co., Montreal
Image size: 8 1/2 x 11 1/2” (21.6 x 29.2 cm) to the neat line.
Description: Chromo-lithographic. Matted and framed under glass. Undated, but likely 1890s.
The Clow family has been a notable presence in Murray Harbour North on Prince Edward Island since early in the nineteenth century. James Clow was a prosperous shipbuilder, lobster packer and merchant. His son Benjamin took over the business in 1890. The company went bankrupt in 1928, but Benjamin’s son, George, carried on a small operation until 1930 when there was a settlement of the bankruptcy.
Source: Archives PEI
9. 1897 Alaska & Klondike Gold Fields
Item Price: $150
Item Description: Title: Alaska and the Klondike Gold Fields
Author: A.C. Harris
Publisher: J.R. Jones, 1897
Description: 8vo. 528pp. Illustrated with maps and views. Described as “a full account of the discovery of gold; enormous deposits of the precious metal; routes traversed by miners; how to find gold; camp life at Klondike; and practical instructions for Fortune Seekers.” Bound in gold cloth with decorated front panel and spine. Decorated endpapers. Marbled page edges. Shows minor repair to upper right corner on front cover.
10. 1875 Map of Newport, RI
Item Price: $100
Item Description: Title: Map of Newport R.I.
Surveyor: N.W. Eayrs (under direction of J.P. Cotton)
Publisher: C.E. Hammett, Jr., Newport, RI, 1875
Image size: Approx. 42″ x 32″ (106.7 x 81.3 cm)
Folded size: 7″ x 4″ (17.8 x 10.2 cm)
Description: Lithography on paper tipped into brown cloth covers with gilt titles. Uncommon map of Newport, Rhode Island. Includes inset of the Island of Rhode Island surveyed by Chas. E. Hammett, Jr. Shows 5 horizontal and 7 vertical folds, as issued. Shows extensive separation along folds, tears, and some paper loss. Candidate for paper conservation and restoration.
11. Mapping of Prince Edward Island
Item Price: $250
Item Description: Title: Samuel Holland: His Work and Legacy on Prince Edward Island
Author(s): Earle Lockerby & Doug Sobey
Publisher: Island Studies Press, Charlottetown, P.E.I.: 2015
Description: 273 pp. Oblong 4to. Illustrated. Specially bound, signed, limited edition of 10 copies for the trade, plus another 4 copies for private distribution. Bound by Gallery 18 at Royal Bookbinding in Charlottetown, P.E.I. in 2016. Bound in imitation leather on the spine and tips with gilt titles on the spine. Marbled paper on the boards. Limitation bookplate on front end paper.
Samuel Johannes Holland (1728-1801) was born in the Dutch town of Nijmegen. After an early career in the Dutch artillery, Holland emigrated to England in search of greater professional opportunities. With a newly-minted lieutenants’ commission in hand, Holland soon found his opportunity in the brewing conflict between the British and French in North America. Holland first travelled to the colonies as an officer in the Royal Americans Regiment. He was quickly immersed in the world of surveying, taking part in the mapping of the British province of New York. This would lead to Holland accompanying British forces in preparation for the final siege of Louisbourg in 1758. In the aftermath of this victory, he was ordered to prepare charts and surveys of the St. Lawrence River to aid in the ultimate assault against Quebec in 1759.
With the North American campaign at an end, Holland was quick to realize that good survey work was as important in peace time as it was in times of war. With his accumulated survey work in hand, Holland travelled to London in 1762 and proposed to the Board of Trade and Plantations that new maps were needed in order to facilitate future settlement. His proposal was eventually accepted, and in 1764 Holland returned to North America with a new title: Surveyor General of Quebec. Holland had been given the enormous task of surveying the British territory north of the Potomac River. As a warm up, he began by surveying tiny Prince Edward Island over the winter of 1764-1765. The Island would literally never be the same.
12. 1820 Dalhousie Signed Military Document
Item Price: $250
Item Description: Title: George Earl of Dalhousie
Size: 16″ x 13″ (40.6 x 33.0 cm)
Date: May 30th, 1820.
Description: This document is signed by George Earl of Dalhousie, Lieutenant-General of Nova Scotia. It confirms the appointment of James Black, Gentleman, as a Second Lieutenant of the 1st Battalion of the 2nd or Halifax Regiment of Militia. The document is also signed by Rupert D. George, who was Nova Scotia Provincial Secretary. Embossed stamp clipped and mounted at upper left. Document shows signs of having been folded at some point, but now mounted and stabilized on stiff card.
George Ramsay Dalhousie, 9th Earl of, soldier, administrator, governor-in-chief of British North America 1820-28 (b 23 Oct 1770; d at Dalhousie Castle, Scot 21 Mar 1838). He joined the British army in 1788 and saw service in both Spain and France 1812-14. After fighting at the Battle of Waterloo 1815, he began a career in administration. In 1816 he was appointed lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia and, founded Dalhousie College (later Dalhousie University) in 1818. Following the sudden death of the duke of Richmond, Dalhousie became governor-in-chief of Canada in 1820.
Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia
Sir Rupert Dennis George was Nova Scotia Provincial Secretary (1813-1827). He also was the Aide-de-camp during Lt. Gov. Sir Peregrine Maitland’s command of the Nova Scotia militia. George was succeeded as Provincial Secretary by Joseph Howe.
13. 1884 Trip to the Magdalen Islands
Item Price: $150
Item Description: Title: In and Around the Magdalen Islands
Author: A.M. Pope
Publisher: The Catholic Publication Society, New York, 1884
Description: Small 4to. 16 pp. Amateur paper wraps with handwritten titles bound with string. Previous owner’s signature in pencil on cover page. Shows edge wear, creasing, and foxing. Several pages detached, but present.
Amelia Magdalen DesBrisay (Amy Pope) Berlinguet (1851-1900) was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. She was the eldest daughter of William Pope and Helen DesBrisay. Amy was raised in the affluent household of William Henry Pope, a politician and later judge. She was the first of Pope’s children to convert to the Catholic faith. Amy worked as her father’s secretary, and after his death, made her living as a writer, mainly for Catholic publications, and as a translator. In 1889, she married Thomas Berlinguet, a civil engineer and a widower with several children. She died in Trois-Rivières, Quebec.
14. 1914 History of Montreal
Item Price: $400
Item Description: Title: Montreal from 1535 to 1914 (3 volume set)
Author: William Henry Atherton
Publisher: S.J. Clarke Publishing, Montreal-Vancouver-Chicago, 1914
Description: 4to. 3 vols. Illustrated. Uniformly bound in half-leather with cloth on boards. Gilt titles on spine. Decorated endpapers. Marbled page edges. Volume 1 – Under the French Regime – 1535-1760. 450 pp. Frontispiece portrait of author detached, but present. Volume 2 – Under British Rule – 1760-1914. 673 pp. Volume 3 – Biographical. 686 pp. Set shows edge wear, soiling and scuffing from handling consistent with age and usage.
The 3-volume set weighs about 13 lbs (6 kg). Contact Gallery 18 for an estimate on the cost of packing and shipping.
15. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Item Price: $75
Item Description: Title: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Author: Hunter S. Thompson – Adapted by Troy Little
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions, Marietta, GA, 2015 (1st edition, 1st printing)
Description: Large 8vo. 170 pp. Graphic novel. Signed by Canadian artist, Troy Little, on front free endpaper. Printed in partnership with the Hunter S. Thompson Estate.