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1. Canadian Artists – Molly Lamb Bobak & Bruno Bobak – Christmas Greeting Cards 1967-1979

Item Price:  Individually Priced

Item Description: 4 Original Serigraph prints by Molly Lamb Bobak (1920-2014) and her husband, Bruno Bobak (1923-2012)Both served in the Canadian military as War Artists overseas; Bruno, the youngest serving Canadian war artist, and Molly, first Canadian woman artist to be overseas to document Canada’s war effort, and in particular, the work of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps. They married in 1945 and by 1960 Bruno had become artist in residence at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. Molly continued her work as teacher, writer, print maker and painter, working in oils and water colours. She was among the first generation of Canadian women artists to work professionally and earn a living from their art. Here we have a rare collection of Bobak Ephemeral Art. 4 original serigraphs made by the couple as Christmas Greetings, described in order of photos with Molly’s hockey theme as the main photo. All sheets are the same size: 22 X 17 inches (55.5 X 43 cm) All have been folded in the same way; to fit into a legal sized envelope for Christmas mailing, and remain suitable for framing. Unfortunately the envelopes are not available.

A. Christmas Greetings 1979. “Old Timers” Limited 17/163. Signed Molly Lamb B and inscribed in Molly’s hand “With love Bruno and Molly”. Original serigraph in black, and in keeping with her portrayals of public events & crowded scenes, the very Canadian ‘hockey game at the local arena’. Has been folded as mentioned above. No breaks in the paper. $350.00

B. Christmas Greetings. No date – no limitation number. Signed by Bruno Bobak and inscribed in his hand “with love from Molly & Bruno” An untitled serigraph in 3 colours. A wintery coastal or lakeside scene (?) Folded as the others with breaks in the paper along the center horizontal crease; invisible when paper is flat and an easy repair for a paper conservator. $225.00

C. Christmas Greetings 1970. Limited 59/200. Signed by Bruno Bobak and inscribed by Molly along the bottom, “with love Bruno and Molly” An untitled serigraph in 4 colours – a wintery scene. Folded as the others – paper intact. $250.00

D. Christmas Greeting 1967. Limited 27/175. Signed by Bruno Bobak and inscribed in his hand along the top “love from Molly & Bruno” An untitled serigraph in 5 colours – two cows lying down. Folded as the others with pinholes at the four corners. Top left corner pinhole has pierced the C in Christmas and the bottom left corner has a tear from the print edge to the outside edge with a little paper loss. Remains a fine example of ephemeral art that could be restored if desired. $225.00

2. History of Yarmouth Nova Scotia – 1876

Item Price: $75

​Item Description: A History of the County of Yarmouth Nova Scotia by the Reverend J.R.Campbell. Published by J.& A. McMillan, St. John, N.B. 1876. First Edition. 8vo. 200 pgs. b/w illustrations. Original green blind stamped cloth with gilt titles and age staining on the back cover. Moderate wear to cloth at spine ends & corner tips. Light age toning and/or scattered foxing in text. Name in pencil to front endpaper and first blank page. Becoming quite scarce; this copy well traveled.

3. History of Saskatchewan – 1913

Item Price: $95

Item Description: A History of Saskatchewan and the Old North West by Norman Fergus Black. Published by Saskatchewan North West Historical Company, Regina 1913. Second Edition in one volume. 605 pgs. 4to. Multiple b/w photo illustrs. Burgundy cloth, corners gently bumped, minor shelf wear to edges. Small break in the paper along the top edge of the title page. Very good early accounts covering early exploration, fur trade, native tribes, North West Rebellion, immigration, agriculture etc, up to the early 20th century.

4.  Victorian Pocket Games Board – Chess & Draughts – Circa 1870

Item Price: $325

Item Description: De La Rue & Co. Combined Pocket Chess and Draught Board with Chess and Draughts Men. A rare offering and fine example of a Victorian, pocket games board in excellent condition. Made with yellow glazed heavy paper printed in black & red with all 32 original printed games pieces included; chess on one side, and draughts on the verso. Pieces fit into the slots on the board & added slots along the side are for pieces taken during a game. First published in 1845, and titled the “Economic Chess Board” this edition revises the title to include the addition of draughts. Comes in a gently used slipcase in brown cloth, 10 X 15 cm. Opened board is 15 X 19 cm. Intact – very clean – uncommon in this fine condition. Additional photos available if requested.

5.  Morton’s Veterinary Pharmacy – 1868

Item Price: $65

Item Description: A Manual of Pharmacy for the Student of Veterinary Medicine by W.J.T. Morton. 7th Edition Corrected & Enlarged, London, Longmans,Green & Co.,1868. 12mo. 568 pgs. Several small illustrs. in text. One pull-out chart. “Containing the Substances Employed at The Royal Veterinary College with an Attempt at their Classification and the Pharmacopoeia of that Institution.” Recently recased with the spine replaced and preserving original endpapers & lightly scuffed, blind stamped cloth over boards. Contemporary ownership names to title page and other brief penciled notes to verso of endpapers. An excellent vintage example.

6. The Complete Works of Harrison Fisher

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Reference, price guide and collector’s checklist by Naomi Welch, Images of the Past Publishing, La Selva Beach, California, 1999. First Edition in very fine condition. 384 pgs. Resource guide and Bibliography. Colour & b/w photos throughout. Includes all mediums: Books, Magazine Covers, Poster Art, Series & Postcard Panels, Sheet Music and much more. A valuable resource for collectors, full of beautiful colour examples.

7.  Illustrated by Arthur Rackham – 1907

Item Price: $225

Item Description: The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth & Marvels by Thomas Ingoldsby. London. J.M. Dent & Co. 1907. 4to. First Trade Edition with 549 pgs. 24 tipped in colour plates with captioned tissue guards. 12 full-page tinted illustrs, and 66 b/w drawings in text. Cover illustration and endpapers also decorated by Rackham. An excellent copy with scuffs & fading to green buckram & gilt decorated covers rubbed at the extremities. Some moderate foxing to title page and front tissue guard. No names or bookplates in text. First trade edition, with expanded number of plates.

8.  Dawson City Photography Studio – 1903

Item Price: $75

Item Description: From the Dawson City photography studio of Per Edvard Larss and Joseph E.N. Duclos; a charming portrait of a baby girl dressed for a colder climate, 1903. Oval photograph in excellent condition, mounted on heavy card stock, 7X9 inches (17X22 cm) Information on the back of the photo dates the image. Duclos, (1863-1917) was born in Quebec and learned his photography skills in Maine. Moving to Dawson in 1898, Duclos worked as a miner until 1899, then joined Larss to build the studio which they ran to 1904. Larss then left the Yukon, leaving Duclos on his own in Dawson until 1912. Many of their studio portraits, scenes of Dawson, the Chilkoot Pass, and the Yukon Territory during the Klondike Gold Rush, are held in Canadian archives and special collections.

9.  Alaska and the Klondike – 1899

​Item Price: $125

Item Description: Alaska and the Klondike. A Journey to the New Eldorado With Hints to the Traveller by Angelo Heilprin. First Edition published by D.Appleton and Co., New York, 1899. 8vo. 315 pgs. plus 10 pgs. publishers ads at end. b/w photo illustrations. 3 folding colour maps. No names or marks in text. Gently used copy in illustrated cloth, lightly scuffed. “Observations on the physical history and geology of the gold regions, the condition of and methods of working the Klondike placers, and the laws governing and regulating mining in the Northwest Territory of Canada.”

10. French Art Magazine – Derrière le Miroir – Featuring Wassily Kandinsky

Item Price: $165

Item Description:  Derrière le Miroir, No.154. Kandinsky, Bauhaus de Dessau 1927-1933. Published by Maeght, Paris 1965. French language text with essay by Werner Haftmann. 32 unbound pages (including covers) with 7 lithographic reproductions in colour printing, 2 double page, and b/w examples & photos. Colour plates are fine. Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a Russian born painter and art theorist, credited as a pioneer of abstract art, a leader in the avant-garde and one of the founders of ‘pure abstraction’ painting in the early 20th century. In October 1945, art dealer Aimé Maeght opened his Gallery in Paris at No.13 Rue de Teheran . The debut coincided with the end of World War II and the return of French and foreign artists to Paris. The magazine was launched in October 1946 (No. 1) and was published without interruption until 1982 (No.253). The journal is devoted exclusively to artists exhibiting at the Galerie Maeght, either solo or collective exhibitions, and often included original colour lithographs by featured artists.

11. Vintage NU-WAY Automatic Potato Peeler – 1931

Item Price: $185

Item Description: A Traveling Salesman sample case, product, and sales literature. “Now Potatoes Peel Themselves” New Automatic Machine Ends Housewife’s Most Disagreeable Task! Manufactured by Guaranty Products Company, St.Louis – an original working sample in fold down travel case with side envelope to hold promo literature and order forms. Travel case is in excellent condition and measures 15 X 8 X 4 inches. Comes with 12 promo pamphlets, 2 blank order forms with envelopes, 1 unused C.O.D. order booklet, and of course the Sales Manual – A Guide to Success in Selling with tips that make selling easier. Also included is the permanent, “screw to the table” anchor and the tri-base suction cup anchor (rubber cups have dried with age) Lacking the portable thumb screw anchor. An entertaining & rare ‘Holy Grail’ of kitchenalia, that will be the center of attention at your next kitchen party.

12. William Faden Map – Kingdom of the Netherlands – 1820

Item Price: $200

Item Description: Kingdom of the Netherlands, Including the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, with the Post Roads and Stations, Likewise the Limits as Settled by the Treaty of Paris, Nov. 20th, 1815. Published by William Faden, Geographer to his Majesty King George III, London, Charing Cross, 1820. Engraved by Neele & Son. Linen backed, dissected, colour map of the Netherlands – 22.5 X 32 inches (57 X 81cm) folding into 21 panels. Excellent overall with light age toning. No tears or holes along the edges or seams. Slipcase unavailable. Addition photos available if requested.

13. William Faden Map – Kingdom of Hanover – 1819

Item Price: $200

Item Description: Map of the Kingdom of Hanover, with the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg, the Principalities of Lippe Detmold and Schauenburg Lippe, likewise the Territories of the Free Towns of Bremen, Hamburg and Lubeck, Conformably with the Treaty of Paris, 1815. London. Published by W. Faden, Charing Cross, Geographer to his Majesty & H.R.H. the Prince Regent, August 12th, 1819. Unmarked, but likely engraved by Neele & Son as with the previous map. Linen backed, dissected, colour map, 28 X 23 inches (71 X 58cm) folding into 20 panels. No tears or holes along the edges or seams, but affected by foxing / age toning, more obvious on the back of the map. Slipcase unavailable. Addition photos available if requested.

14. Emigrants’ Information Office Handbooks – 1905 (14 Handbooks Bound as One)

Item Price: $165

Item Description: The Emigrants’ Information Office was established in 1886 under the direction of the Colonial Office, for the purpose of supplying intending emigrants with useful and trustworthy information respecting emigration to the British Colonies. This octavo volume contains 14 such handbooks for 1905; all in very good condition, but expect some fading to the covers, typical age toning and several hinge tears with the pullout maps. Handbook 1.The Dominion of Canada. 88 pgs. 5 b/w sketch maps in text. 2. New South Wales. 46 pgs. Large,folding, tape repaired, colour map. 3. Victoria. 43 pgs. Folding b/w map. 4. South Australia. 36 pgs. Folding b/w map. 5. Queensland. 47 pgs. Folding b/w map. 6. Western Australia. 43 pgs. Folding b/w map. 7. Tasmania. 31 pgs. Folding b/w map. 8. New Zealand. 51 pgs. Folding colour map. 9. South African Colonies – Cape Colony. 41 pgs. Large folding colour map. 10. Natal. 41 pgs. Folding colour map. 11. Transvaal. 60 pgs. with 2 identical, large folding colour maps (? binders error) 12. Orange River Colony. 26 pgs. Folding b/w map. 13. Professional Handbook. 198 pgs. Refers to employment opportunities in the Colonies: Barristers, dentists, police, surveyors, nurses, military, railway etc. 14. Emigration Statutes and General Handbook relating to the whole of the United Kingdom. 92 pgs. Much boasting and flag waving here and a close look at turn of the century British Empire Colonies.

15. Illustrated by Hugh Thomson – 1913

Item Price: $95

Item Description: Quality Street. A Comedy in Four Acts by J.M. Barrie and Illustrated by Hugh Thomson. London. Hodder & Stoughton, 1913. First Trade Edition. 4to, Decorative Cloth. 199 pgs. Illustrated endpapers with name to verso of the front endpaper. 22 tipped in colour plates by Thomson, with captioned tissue guards and b/w drawings in text. Very clean with occasional spotty foxing. Decorative front cover & spine in gilt. An excellent copy with beautiful decoration.

16. Framed Lithograph by Theophile Alexandre Steinlen – 1903

Item Price: $295

Item Description: Original lithograph by Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen (1859-1923) a Swiss-born, Art Nouveau painter, illustrator, lithographer and printmaker; titled, ‘Ouvriers Sortant de l’Usine’ (Workers Leaving the Factory) Print size is 11 7/8 X 8.5 inches (30 X 21cm) A well defined image on wove paper with signature printed in the image and framed (22.5 X 19.5 inches) in Hogarth style. Steinlen was perhaps best known for his colourful art nouveau style images and advertising posters, but as a steadfast socialist his art also demonstrated concern for social justice and support for the poor and the working classes. An excellent example here.

17. Victorian Carte-de-Visite Photo Album

Item Price: $250

Item Description: Randomly populated CDV photo album circa 1880. 9 X 6.5 inch decorative, full leather binding with hinged brass clasp, colour lithograph title page, and spaces for 96 photographs; four per leaf, with both oval and square windows. Excellent condition with light spotty foxing to the pages and trivial scuffs to leather edges. Note that only 4 of the windows have tears or light wear. The album includes 96 photos (circa 1860-1880’s) and are from various photography studios of Great Britain, Scotland, France, USA, and several from Canada and Scandinavia, featuring a variety themes: fine fashion, ladies hats & hair styles, jewelry, children with toys, pets, and siblings, several magnificent beards, men with hats and canes, military and masonic uniforms and other curious views. A unique and charming collection. Additional photos provided on request.

18.  Henri Le Secq – Paris Photography Exhibit

Item Price: $95

Item Description: Henri Le Secq. Photographe de 1850-1860 Catalogue raisonné de la Collection de la Bibliothèque des Arts Décoratifs Paris. by Eugenia Parry Janis & Josiane Sartre. Published by Musee Des Arts Decoratifs / Flammarion, Paris, 1986. 191 pgs. 4to. Bibliography. Book / catalogue accompanying an exposition at the “Musée des Arts Décoratifs” in Paris Sept. – November, 1986. French language text. 60 plates and multiple small format examples of the photos exhibited. A very gently used copy with the previous owners name to front free endpaper. From the Oxford companion to the Photograph: “Le Secq, Henri (1818-82), French architectural photographer. The son of a politician, he studied art in the studio of Paul Delaroche in the early 1840s. Encouraged by fellow pupil Gustave Le Gray, he turned to photography, initially as an aid to painting. But his enthusiasm for his native Paris and its buildings led him to build a reputation as an architectural photographer. In 1851 he became a founding member of the Société Héliographique. That year, he was also invited to join the official Mission Héliographique to create a visual record of potentially threatened historic buildings. His practice was to produce salted-paper prints from waxed-paper negatives, and his oeuvre encompassed still-life and landscape studies as well as architectural work. At the end of the 1850s, when paper negatives were being superseded by glass, he largely withdrew from photography, concentrating on his painting and antiquarian interests”.

19.  Gustave Le Gray – 19th Century French Photographer

Item Price: $95

Item Description: The Photography of Gustave Le Gray by Eugenia Parry Janis. Published by The Art Institute of Chicago, 1987. First Edition. 184 pgs. 4to. Chronology. Bibliography. b/w photos. Previous owner’s name to front free endpaper, else a fine copy in near fine dust jacket. An excellent copy. Gustave Le Gray (1820-1882) was one of the most technically accomplished and aesthetically enlightened of the early “artist-photographers.” Trained as a painter of portraits and landscapes, Le Gray was attracted in the 1840s to the artistic potential of photographic processes. As a photographer he evolved and refined much of photography’s primary aesthetic theory. By 1855 he had influenced, if not taught, every important photographer in France including Henri Le Secq and Charles Negre.

20.  Aviation in Canada WWI

Item Price: $50

Item Description: Aviation in Canada 1917-1918 by Alan Sullivan. Published by Rous & Mann, Toronto. 1919. First Edition. 8vo. 318 pgs. b/w photos & diagrams. Half cloth & paper over boards with light fading and edge wear. Clean text; no marks. A brief account of the work of the Royal Air Force Canada during WWI; recruitment, training, types of aircraft, gunnery, Royal Flying Corps in Texas, etc. Excellent history.

21.  Late 19th Century Shape Book – Circa 1895

Item Price: $85

Item Description: Published by Ernest Nister / E.P.Dutton & Co. London & New York. Jinks and Joys for Girls and Boys. A Birthday Book. (circa 1895) This is a delightful late 19th century, chromolithograph, novelty birthday book for children, printed at Nuremberg. In the shape of a tambourine and bound with a blue ribbon tie, it is about 4 inches (10cm) diameter.This little gift book has 5 pages total and contains four children’s birthday verses, each with a charming monochrome illustration on the facing page. Ernest Nister (1842-1909) was a publisher and printer of movable books for children and paper ephemera such as, greeting cards, post cards, calendars etc. This is a fine example of his work; quite rare in this unblemished condition.

22. Western Canadian Ranching Classic – 1913

Item Price: $950

Item Description: The Range Men. The Story of the Ranchers and Indians of Alberta by L.V. Kelly. Toronto, William Briggs, 1913. First edition. 8vo. 468 pgs. b/w photo illustrs. Very good condition with typical light scuffs and minor wear at corner tips. Top edge gilt – no names or bookplates. A ‘Canadian Ranching Classic’ and unvarnished account of the early days of ranching in southwestern Alberta, from the arrival of the first large herds in 1876 through to 1913. Kelly gathered material from the records of the North West Mounted Police, William Pearce’s government reports, the Calgary Herald, the Macleod Gazette and other publications, and collected anecdotes from many old-time, pioneering stockmen. More than a story of cattle trades and the hard beginnings of the Alberta cowboy; The Range Men is an authentic slice of Western Canadian history.