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1. Ballooning Pioneers & Aeronautics History 1871

Item Price: $285

Item Description: TRAVELS IN THE AIR – by James Glaisher, Camille Flammarion, W. de Fonvielle, and Gaston Tissandier. London, Richard Bentley & Son, 1871. Second British Edition, Revised to include notes on the siege of Paris and the use of the aerial balloon. xxix, 398 pgs. 6 chromo-lithographs including frontis, 12 b/w maps & charts, and multiple woodcut illustrations in text. Edited by James Glaisher and co-authored by contemporary French aeronauts, Camille Flammarion, W. de Fonvielle, and Gaston Tissandier; this is a classic work in aviation history, with reports and testaments from four pioneering aeronauts, focused on high altitude balloon ascensions to study the atmosphere and the physiological effects of high altitude. As a meteorologist and a founder of the British Meteorological Society, James Glaisher was instrumental in the creation of scientific meteorology in Britain and France. After the creation of the balloon committee in 1861, Glaisher helped found the Aeronautical Society and was an advocate of ballooning for scientific research for the remainder of his career. Glaishers most famous ascent was on 5 September 1862, when he and Henry Coxwell ascended to around 37,000 feet and nearly died. Glaisher fell unconscious while Coxwell lost the use of his limbs for a short time. Only by undoing a cord with his teeth did Coxwell release enough gas that the two descended to safety. An important work, and excellent copy, well bound with light to moderate wear at spine ends, fading endpapers and smudging to both cloth covers. (Other photos available if requested)

2. Working Songs of the Sea – 1888

Item Price: $135

Item Description: THE MUSIC OF THE WATERS. A Collection of the Sailors’ Chanties, or Working Songs of the Sea, of all Maritime Nations. Boatmen’s, Fishermen’s, and Rowing Songs, and Water Legends – by Laura Alexandrine Smith. London. Kegan, Paul, Trench & Co. 1888. First Edition. xxxii, 360 pgs. Errata. Some songs with music examples and lyrics. A very good copy, gently used. Bookplate to front endpaper. No marks in text. “Not a mere study-compilation or the creation of landsmen written for or about sailors, but the actual ‘working songs’ of the sea that are in use at the present time.” (introduction) Chapters include: English & American Chanties – Gaelic Boat Songs – French Sailors’ Songs – Indian Water Songs – Canadian Boat Songs – songs from Scandinavia, Germany, Russia, Japan, and concludes with a chapter on Superstitions, Customs, and Water-Legends of the Sea, Rivers, and Lakes. An interesting, uncommon title for Maritime folklore musicians and armchair musicologists.

3. Coiled Basketry in British Columbia – 1928

Item Price: $250

Item Description: Forty-First Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology. Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. 1928, featuring the scholarly study: “COILED BASKETRY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA AND SURROUNDING REGION” by H.K. Haeberlin, James A. Teit, and Helen H. Roberts (under the direction of Franz Boas) and a second essay bound in, of Two Prehistoric villages in Tennessee by William E. Myer. This description will focus on the premier study of Coiled Basketry with 484 pgs. 94 plates (3 in colour) multiple in text diagrams, bibliography, and folded colour map in the pocket at the end showing distribution of various native languages in British Columbia and adjoining territories before 1800. Excellent condition overall and perhaps the single best study on British Columbian Indian basketry & ethnology; mainly concerned with Thompson and Lillooet band methods and styles with extensive examples; discussing gathering & preparing materials, structure and purpose, design and ornamentation with beading & imbrication etc. Also refers to neighboring tribes basketry styles: Chilcotin, Shuswap, Yakima & Klickitat.

4. Vintage British Jazz Journals

Item Price: $300

Item Description: PICKUP – The Record Collectors Guide. 12 issues for 1946. Published by Traill & Denby and printed by The Castle Press, London, 1946. 8vo in original stapled wraps. PICKUP – A Monthly Service to Gramophone Record Collectors and Buyers. (title page) This was the first year of publication for this collectable, British Jazz magazine, and very rare to see a complete run. 12 issues, averaging 26 pages. Expect a little age toning around the edges, some trace rusting to staples on several issues, very light edge wear & creasing to some, and front cover detached from February issue; but very good overall with no names or markings in text. Contains vintage advertising, record and live performance reviews, book reviews, club notices, buy-sell-trade records marketplace etc. Sinclair Traill launched Pickup magazine in January 1946 as a locus for serious jazz criticism and review in Britain and published it until 1948. According to Peter Clayton and Peter Gammond, in their book, Jazz: A to Z, “the publication was full of the self-righteous bickerings and puritanism of the period, but contained some valuable research and discography material; also an extensive ‘wanted’ and ‘disposals’ record section for serious collectors and traders.” Traill was also the founder of the very popular “Jazz Journal” magazine, (1948-2019) and some jazz historians have suggested the introduction of Jazz Journal was only a name change for Pickup. The beat goes on. These issues represent an important contribution to early Jazz history from Britain and laid some of the initial printed ground work for the genre.

5. French Aviation – 6 Real Photo Postcards – Aeroplane Crashes

Item Price: $37

Item Description: 6 unused, Real Photo, French Aviation Postcards from about 1917 in fine condition. Photographer unknown. The photos depict the crashes of 3 different aircraft. All are Bréguet 14’s; a French biplane bomber and reconnaissance aircraft of World War I. Designed by aviation pioneer and aeronautical engineer Louis Bréguet, factory production started in March, 1917 following trials and test flights of prototypes. The photos here indicate there may have been a few kinks to workout. Sold as a group of six.

6. Association to Rabbi Bernard Baskin & Artist Leonard Baskin

Item Price: $275

Item Description: The Story of the Stick in all Ages and Lands. A Philosophical History and Lively Chronicle of the Stick as the Friend and the Foe of Man. Its Uses and Abuses. As Sceptre and as Crook. As the Warrior’s Weapon and the Wizard’s Wand. As Stay, as Stimulus, and as Scourge. New York. J.W.Bouton, 1875. First Edition. 254 pgs. Small 8vo. Decorative cloth. Very good or better condition, from the library of Rabbi Bernard Baskin, with his bookplate, designed and illustrated by his brother, Leonard Baskin (1922-2000), one of the twentieth century’s great sculptors and printmakers. Both Baskin’s father, Samuel, & brother Bernard, were orthodox Rabbis, and for more than 60 years Bernard Baskin had been an assiduous bibliophile & collector, amassing a fine library, specialized in Judaica, typography, private press books, pre-1800 books and manuscripts and illustrated books. In January, 2020, he was 100 years old. The woodcut bookplate, (9X5 cm) printed in Hebrew, illustrates a strong man holding or supporting the ‘Jewish Tree of Life’ which displays the 10 attributes of the Kabbalah: Crown – Understanding – Wisdom – Strength – Mercy – Beauty – Splendour – Victory – Foundation – Kingdom. A very personal and fitting image for his Rabbi brother and a fine example of his art work not meant for gallery or public display.

7. Canadian Railways Ephemera 1920-1922

Item Price: $135

Item Description: Published by the Canadian Car & Foundry Co. Ltd., Montreal, 1920 to 1922. A group of 7 numbered bulletins showcasing the companies manufactured rolling stock. Each pamphlet has 4 pages with photos front & back, an outline drawing with dimensions, and a full description listing the specialties of each vehicle. Holes punched along the left edge as though once held in a catalogue or binder. Very good overall but expect some light wear & smudging, minor creasing and age toning. Railway vehicles include: Box Cars, Automobile Cars, Refrigerator and Trailer Cars and Motor Cars built for CNR, CPR, Grand Trunk Railway and Toronto Transportation Commission. The Canadian Car & Foundry Co. was established in 1909 in Montreal as the result of an amalgamation of three companies: Rhodes Curry Company of Amherst, NS – founded 1891; Canada Car Company of Turcot, QC – founded 1905; and Dominion Car and Foundry of Montreal, and after more than 100 years, two World Wars, a series of acquisitions, mergers and industry changes, the company still exists today as Bombardier Transportation Canada Inc. Sold as group of seven.

8. Cormac McCarthy’s First Novel – The Orchard Keeper 1965

Item Price: $750

Item Description: McCarthy, Cormac. The Orchard Keeper. First Edition, Second Printing Stated. Published by Random House, New York, 1965. 8vo. 246 pgs. Cloth spine with paper over boards covers. Gentle bumps to covers bottom edge and fore-edge, with paper bruised along the fore-edge as well. Top edge in green, slightly faded closer to spine. A clean copy inside without names or bookplates. Price clipped dustjacket a little age toned around the edges with vertical creasing along the front flap. (see photos) Jacket in a protective bro-dart cover. First novel of McCarthy in Second Printing. I have space for only 4 photos here and others are available on request.

9. 8 photos – Camping Scouts with Lord Baden-Powell 1930’s

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Eight b/w snapshot photographs document a group of Scouts at camp about mid to late 1930’s. The first photo shows the Union Jack flag flying in the background leading me to believe this was a British group of Scouts, but, the landscape of evergreen trees around the lake creates a North American (Canada ?) scene. Looking closer at the second pair of photos the scouts are hosting a special guest, and Lord Baden-Powell; founder and first Chief Scout of the world-wide Scout Movement, is sitting center among them; hence the tribute Union Jack (?) I had to use a low power magnifying glass to clearly identify Baden-Powell (1857-1941) one shot with bowler hat on and one with bowler off. Photos are in excellent condition overall, and measure 15 X 9 cm.

10. Hiroshima Japan – ‘The Lady of the Decoration’ in Publishers Gift Box

Item Price: $150

Item Description: Frances Little (pseudonym for Fannie Caldwell) The Lady of the Decoration, Musson Book Company, Toronto, circa 1910, in the publishers gift box. 8vo. 210 pgs. 8 colour, tipped in illustrations by Wakana Utigawa, all with captioned tissue guards. Decorative endpapers. Gilt top edge. Rare gift box is intact with label on the end. Text is bright and unmarked. From 1902 to 1907 Caldwell worked in Hiroshima as a supervisor of kindergarten schools, and her letters home to her niece form the basis for the stories in this charming book.

11. Lewis Carroll – Rhyme ? and Reason ? – Signed copy 1897

Item Price: $1150

Item Description: Lewis Carroll (pseudonym for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) Rhyme ? and Reason ? Macmillan and Co., London, 1897, Sixth Thousand. First published in 1883.  b/w Illustrations by Arthur B. Frost and Henry Holiday. Publishers ads at the end. Decorative red cloth with gilt rule and design to front and back covers. All edges gilt. This volume has been recently rebacked with the original cloth laid over and a custom storage box with ribbon ties has also been made. Inscribed by Lewis Carroll on the half title page, signing ‘The Author’ and dated July 10, 1897, about six months before his death, January 14, 1898. The photograph provided shows the inscription very clearly. Some moderate foxing on the first few pages and occasional spotty foxing in the text. Generally very good or better. The contents include a reprinting of Carroll’s longest poem ‘Phantasmagoria, and The Hunting of the Snark’. It also includes the first printings of the poems ‘Echoes’ and ‘Game of Fives’ plus other shorter poems. Other photos available if requested……..inquiries welcome.

#12 North American Wild Flowers – 5 Volumes with 400 Colour Plates – 1925

Item Price: $1650

Item Description: Mary Vaux Walcott, Smithsonian Institute – Washington, DC, 1925. Size 4to.
First trade edition of Walcott’s masterfully designed and executed survey of wild North American flora, complete with 400 beautiful, unbound, colour plates in fine original portfolios in their (very rare) original boxes that have had some professional joint & corner repairs. Volume III with 1 split corner since, and stained area to the top cover. Bookplates to the top of each box. Five Volumes – complete. Each volume is held in a cloth bound folding portfolio with ribbon ties (vol.I missing half of the tie) and consists of the descriptive text in original wraps, and 80 loose, full size, colour plates sketched and painted by Walcott over 10 years while traveling through the Canadian Rocky Mountains and other parts of the USA. The Smithsonian published North American Wild Flowers between 1925 and 1928 and the work received acclaim for both its beauty and scientific accuracy. A near fine set in excellent condition. Other photos available if requested. Special shipping considerations for the heavy 5 volumes.(about 12 kg)

#13 Large Framed Vintage Photograph – Workington Fire Brigade – 1891

Item Price: $200

Item Description: A handsome, unblemished, antique group portrait by photographer J. Atkinson, featuring the 24 member, Workington Volunteer Fire Brigade & Committee, 1891. Workington is a small coastal community at the mouth of the River Derwent on the west coast of Cumbria, England, historically in Cumberland. A fine, sepia toned photo in a period frame with glass and recent, custom cut matting that conceals the photographers printed name and some age issues with the photo mounting card. Members are seated on and around their Fire Wagon with some members standing and presenting fire fighting equipment and hoses with nozzles. Front row committee members in their bowler hats and walking sticks look very important indeed. Framed photo measures 23 X 20″ (59 X 51 cm) Matting window is 13 X 10″ (34 X 26 cm) Shipping with or without the frame and glass is optional.

#14 Jean Adolphe Braun – 16 Carte de Visite – Costumes of Switzerland circa 1870

Item Price: $425

Item Description: 16 Carte de Visite (circa 1870) 10×6 cm size. from a series of 46 – Swiss Regional Costumes by Jean Adolphe Braun. Excellent quality, very clean, no creases, white back with studio crest, Paris. Adolphe Braun (1812-1877) was a French photographer, best known for his floral still life images, Parisian street scenes, and grand Alpine landscapes. One of the most influential French photographers of the 19th century, he used contemporary innovations in photographic reproduction to market his photographs worldwide. In his later years, he used photographic techniques to reproduce famous works of art, which helped advance the field of art history. In 1869 he completed a series of 46 images, ‘Costumes de Suisse’ in a 12 X 9.5″ format, (later issued as stereo views, cabinet cards & cartes de visite) combining elements of formal portrait photography, stage design, costume history, and genre painting. Involving a team of painters, stylists, art directors & set builders, the photographs were done at his studio in Dornach, posing young women attired in the traditional costumes of the 26 Swiss Cantons, featuring aprons, footwear, coifs and other headdress, with variants within a single canton represented with more than one photo. Cantons represented here are: (Berne – 3 photos) – Fribourg (2) – Unterwalden (2) – Lucerne – Schwyz – Glarus – Appenzell – Tessin – Schaffouse – Grisons – Valais (Sion) – St. Gall. An incomplete set and a rare offering – loose and wanting a period photo album for display. Inquiries welcome. Ref.O’Brien & Bergstein,Image and Enterprise,The Photographs of Adolphe Braun,Thames & Hudson, 2000.

#15 Greek Epigrams – Privately Printed – 1915

Item Price: $85

Item Description: A CENTURY OF GREEK EPIGRAMS, Done Into English Verse – by Sir Edward Fry & Lady Fry & Agnes Fry. Printed for Private Circulation by the Authors. Garden City Press, Letchworth, 1915. 139 pgs.Gilt titles to spine. Half leather and buckram binding with one small blemish stain to back cover and leather corners aging. Marbled endpapers. Minimal spotty foxing in text. Translated Greek epigrams….religious, historical, humorous, sea-faring & fisherman, sailor’s graves, life and death, love & ladies, works of art etc. A gently used scarce example likely published in limited numbers.