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1. From the Library of Canadian Artist (Group of Seven) Lawren Harris

Item Price: $750

Item Description: ART AS RELEASE OF POWER: A Series of Seven Essays on the Philosophy of Art by Dane Rudhyar. HAMSA Publications, Carmel, California, 1930.
Ownership signature on the front free endpaper says, Bess and Lawren Harris in Harris’s hand writing. (Based on comparisons we have made, this ownership signature is authentic and in the hand of Lawren Harris)
The text is a series of seven separate booklets; each paginated separately, identified on the title pages as ‘Seed-Ideas’ No. 1 through No. 7, written & published between Sept. 1928 and Christmas, 1929; about 200 pages total. An Errata page is bound in before the first work, and Rudhyar has provided a two-page introduction dated New York, 1930. Pencil marks in the margins of a number of leaves but generally a very good copy, and an interesting association. Lawren Harris and Dane Rudhyar were both members of the Transcendental Painting Group, which was initiated in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the 1930’s. Harris had joined this group in 1938; Rudhyar, after that. “The group was composed of artists concerned with the development and presentation of various types of non-representational painting; painting that finds its source in the creative imagination and does not depend upon the objective approach.” Harris had already dedicated himself to abstract painting since 1934, after divorcing his first wife, and 3 months later remarried with fellow artist and longtime confidante, Bess Housser. After a short time in Hanover, New Hampshire, the couple moved to New Mexico. It is possible, that this book was a gift from Rudhyar to Harris while they were associated in Santa Fe, but this is unconfirmed. In 1940 the Harrises returned to Canada and settled in Vancouver and the Transcendental Painting Group was disbanded in 1942 due to the Second World War. Likely, an important book to Harris as he further explored geometric abstraction and the spiritual depth of his talents. Rudhyar’s ‘Seed-Ideas’ would have supported his beliefs and ideas at the time.
A truly unique and scarce title enhanced by association to Lawren Harris.

2. Indian Tribes of Canada (cover title) – Edmund Morris – 1909

Item Price: $165

Item Description: Edmund Morris – Member of the Canadian Art Club – Portraits of the Aborigines of Canada and Notes on the Tribes – Copyrighted by Edmund Morris – Toronto – 1909 – Text and illustrations staple bound held in brown outer wraps with coloured string. 8vo – First Edition. 22 pages, plus 11 b/w portrait illustrations from the exhibition. Published by Morris in conjunction with his exhibition of 55 indigenous portraits at the Canadian Art Club, Toronto, March-April, 1909. Includes a brief history of the various tribes and comment notes of all the subjects painted. An excellent copy with name to front cover, brief notation on page 15, and light wear to outer wraps where the binding string meets the top and bottom of the spine. (see photos) Edmund Morris (1871-1913) was best known for his many penetrating and accurate portraits of Western and Northern Canadian Aboriginal People and native tribes of the great plains. His paintings are held across Canada in galleries & museums, including The National Gallery in Ottawa. Copies of this catalogue are held at several Canadian institutions, but very scarce on the open book collectors market. Other photos available. Inquiries welcome.

3. Agriculture Economie Rustique – Moulin à Vent

Item Price: $250

Item Description: Four (4) framed, late 18th Century copper engravings by Benard Fecit. The plates are from the multi volume “Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers, par une Societé de gens de Lettres” (Encyclopaedia, or Dictionary of the Sciences, arts and trades, by a society of people of letters) edited by Denis Diderot and Jean Le Rond d’Alembert and published in Paris, 1771-1776. Framed, Hogarth style with the Royal blue matting now slightly faded. Each frame is 14X19 inches and the plates are 9X14 inches. Sold as a set of 4, with special shipping considerations for the glass and weight over 6kg.

4. Hand Painted Moser-Lobmeyr Sherbet

Item Price: $145

Item Description: Victorian, Bohemian, Moser-Lobmeyr Quatrolobe Sherbet or Champagne Glass. 4.5 inches tall by 3.5″ hand painted both sides with detailed hunting scene. A fine example in excellent condition – no chips or cracks. One only – a delicate and scarce cabinet piece.

5. Japanese Cloisonné Box – circa 1880

Item Price: $95

Item Description: Antique Japanese Cloisonné Round Covered Box, circa 1880. Highly decorative; about 3 inches diameter by 1.25″ high with a Gourd shape figure on top with blue foil background enclosing a flower and butterfly. Beautiful emerald green enamel inside. Very good and free of chips, cracks or repairs.

6. Canadian Circus Advertising Poster – 1932

Item Price: $275

Item Description: Enterprise Show Print, Rouleau, Saskatchewan. Circa 1932. HOFFMAN’S NOVELTY CIRCUS: “Professor Hoffman the Magician Presents “Show of Wonders” New Illusions and Sensational Mysteries Never Before Seen on This Continent”.
Advertising Ephemera. Original Single Sheet Advertising Poster 14 X 42 inches in Near Fine condition and suitable for framing. Very minor creasing at edges, never folded, & will be shipped rolled in a mailing tube. Generic format. No dates or locations are given but be aware that this is what you will see! Trained animals – Comedians & Clown acts – Dancing & Musical guests including Hoffman’s Band, and so much more! “Professor Hoffman” was Michael Hoffman, who operated the circus from Omaha, Nebraska from 1928 to 1932 when he moved his family to Humboldt, Saskatchewan. The circus is believed to have stopped touring in 1943 with the last show at Muenster, Saskatchewan on Sept. 29th. A rare offering, and a little slice of Canadian ‘Side Show’ entertainment, advertising and nostalgia. Please note that the shape & size of the poster makes for an awkward photo. I have taken 2 additional shots close up and others are available if required.

7. Photography Exhibition Catalogue

Item Price: $50

Item Description: Vancouver Art Gallery – Louis-Amedee Mante – Mantochromes. Edmond Goldschmidt – Photographer Cobblestone Press, Vancouver,B.C. 1981. First Edition. Limited to 500 copies.
A fine unmarked copy. Soft Cover/String Bound, Exhibition catalogue, beautifully designed and printed by Gerald S.Giampa at Cobblestone Press with 32 pgs. and 4 tipped in colour plates. The names Louis-Amedee Mante and Edmond Goldschmidt are considered important figures in the history of photography and the developement of colour photography in the late 19th century, and this exhibition marked the first North American appearance of their work. It is noted that the photographs in this exhibition were pulled from the original glass plates, faithful to dimension and colour accuracy, with the text, both historical and biographical recollections of Mante/Goldschmidt by Mme Jacqueline Millet and Gaston Derys. Several fine copies available.

8. Decorative Brass Bowl – Cairo Ware – Circa 1910

Item Price: $190

Item Description: Known as Cairo Ware, these pieces were made in both Cairo and Damascas. Brass bowl with silver & copper overlay. 7″ diameter, 5″ high and 5″ diameter opening. The center band is decorated with Arabic calligraphy in silver and enclosed by a copper cartouche. Top of the bowl surround with entwined vines in copper and silver, bordered by copper bands and repeated geometry. This bowl is in the preferred, unpolished state showing typical light wear but no dents, cracks or repairs. Excellent overall.

9. Panoramic Photo – 122nd (Muskoka) Overseas Battalion, CEF – 1916

Item Price: $350

Item Description: Original photo 52.5 X 9.5 inches by Panoramic Photo Company, 239 Victoria St., Toronto, about 1916. The 122nd Overseas Battalion was a unit in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War, with Lieut-Col. D. M. Grant as Commanding Officer. Based in Huntsville, Ontario, the unit began recruiting in late 1915 in the Muskoka district. After sailing to England in June 1917, the battalion was absorbed into the Canadian Forestry Depot on June 9, 1917. Near fine condition overall and suitable for framing. Small corner chip and 1/2 inch nick along the left edge, typical light creasing on the surface, smudging and inked name on the back. Four photos are showing the entire group from left to right. An excellent example.

10.  Vintage Postcards – Canterbury Bicycle Racing Club – 1926

Item Price: $225

Item Description: Canterbury, Kent, UK – 1926. Collection of 7, unused, b/w real photo postcards of the Canterbury Bicycle Racing Club (circa 1926) All cards have the blind stamp of local photographer F.(Frank) Bailey, known to have had studios at 15 and 75 Castle Street, Canterbury, 1913-1934. I believe this group of postcards document a local cycle racing or time trials event. The exact locations are unknown but the road sign pictured in one of the cards says: London 61 (miles) Maidstone 26 & Charing 13. Signage for the ‘Kent Mental Hospital’ is also present. The majority of riders and club members are unidentified with several appearing in more than one photo. The two riders shown sprinting near (?) officials are identified on the back of the card as: S.J.Keanison and W.J.Feakins. The group of 4 beside their bicycles are identified as; J.H.Monaghan, W.J.Feakins, P.J.Groves & A.E.Walters and these 4 also appear in a larger group photo. All cards are in fine condition with sharp corners, without tears or creases. Sold as a group of 7. Other vintage bicycle racing ephemera from the UK is available from this bookseller; racing magazines, race programs, entry forms and photographs. Inquiries welcome.

11.  Japanese Porcelain Figure circa 1910

Item Price: $175

Item Description: Antique Japanese, porcelain figure of a young boy, imitating an ivory carving. Very realistic and in perfect condition; no cracks, chips or restoration and the surface has not been cleaned to remove environmental deposits. Stands 5 inches high and 4″ wide at the base. Very faint, indistinguishable, impressed mark on the base with perhaps, the painted mark of the retailer or the painter of the figure. A fine example.

12. Sotheby’s Chinese Porcelain Auction Catalogue

Item Price: $190

Item Description: Sotheby’s Auction Catalogue of The Paul and Helen Bernat Collection of Important Qing Imperial Porcelain and Works of Art held November15th, 1988. Lots 1 to 82. Near fine condition with dust jacket. Auction estimates, fine photographs, and examples of all makers marks at end. Auction results information sheet not available. An important reference to collectors & dealers of fine Chinese Porcelain, and rarely offered.

13. Melanesian Design. Wood and Tortoiseshell Carving – 1933

Item Price: $225

Item Description: Melanesian Design. A Study of Style in Wood and Tortoiseshell Carving (2 Volumes) by Gladys A. Reichard. . Columbia University Press, N.Y. 1933. First Edition. Heavy Quarto. Vol. I. 172 pgs.text, b/w diagrams & text figures. Large folding map and Errata at end. Vol.II. 14 pgs. Catalogue of Plates followed by 151 b/w Photograph & illustrative plates of the materials studied; that include, Admiralty Island woodcarving and Kapkaps, Tami woodcarving, New Ireland Kapkaps, Solomon Island shellwork, shellwork from other locations & illustrations for comparison. All plates are bright and show wonderful detail. Black cloth is very lightly scuffed; endpapers are a little age toned with typical light foxing to preliminary pages. An excellent study in ethnology, anthropology and art. $225.00

14. 18th Century Copper Engraving – Beaver Hunting In Canada

Item Price: $150

Item Description: Framed Copper Engraving from Middleton’s Complete System of Geography – Published in London by J. Cooke, 1777-1779. From an image drawn by Chiedel and engraved by Taylor. Measures 8 X 13 inches. The framing appears to be late 19th Century with the paper covering over the back of the frame broken and chipped around the edges. The plate itself is a little age toned with one very light crease at center right. An excellent example (scarce) with 2 others held at McCord Museum, Montreal; one in colour and one b/w like this; an earlier printing. 

15. Chippewa Language Prayer Book for Children – 1898

Item Price: $375

Item Description: Tchibaiatigo-Mikan, Gaie Anamiewinensan, Gaie Jesus Od Ijitwawin – Published by Holy Childhood Indian School, Harbor Springs, Michigan (1898)
First Edition. 32 pages.16mo (5.25 inches tall) Cloth spine and marbled paper covers. No names or marks in text. Text printed in English phonetics, with printed text letter on page two from Henry Joseph (Bishop of Grand Rapids) to Rev. Zephyrin Engelhardt saying: “I gladly give you permission to print in the Indian language from Bishop Baraga’s book: The Stations of the Cross, Act of Contrition, Ten Commandments, etc. etc… and hope that the publication will do much good among the Indians”.
A Catholic prayer book in the Chippewa language, printed for Chippewa and Ottawa Mission school children at the Franciscan Mission at Harbor Springs. Founded in 1829, the Harbor Springs school was one of the first Native American boarding schools in the country. Quite scarce, and rarely seen outside of academic libraries.

16. Roberts & Belk Silver Plate Dinner Bell in Disguise

Item Price: $110

Item Description: Circa 1900, Roberts & Belk (Sheffield) silver plate dinner bell disguised as a biscuit barrel. 6.5″ tall – 4″ diameter top and 5″ base diameter.The barrel features a round body with fluted sides, rests on three scrolled feet and is stamped with company marks on the underside with the numbers 5103 (not shown in photo) The bronze bell is suspended with wire from the finial nut on the underside of the lid, and the tone of the bell can be changed by lengthening or shortening this wire. Overall condition is very good; with very light surface abrasion from general use, a little warping to bottom rim above the feet, and typical, natural tarnishing. Roberts & Belk had marketed a full size biscuit barrel in this same design, but with a hinged lid and probably a glass insert. A unique item and interesting addition to any sideboard.

17. “Facing the Elements” – Original Photograph by Henry Busse

Item Price: $300

Item Description: Signed photo in fine condition, titled “Facing the Elements”. Photo is 13 X 10.5 Inches, mounted on heavy card stock with loose matting over, 20 x 16 inches, and suitable for framing.
Hans Heinrich Maximilian “Henry” Busse (1896-1962) was the first professional photographer in the Northwest Territories. He established and worked his Yellowknife studio & photo development shop 1948-1962. This photograph image, titled “Facing the Elements”, was taken near Cameron Falls in 1955 and brought international recognition and acclaim at the Brussels World Fair in 1958. In the Jan. 2, 1959 edition of the Edmonton Journal, Busse explained to Yellowknife-based reporter Erik Watt, how that day unfolded and resulted with the photo……
“Busse was out near Cameron Falls (Prosperous Lake, Feb.23, 1955) in a blizzard with -45 C temperatures with winds about 35 kilometres an hour. In the photo, trapper and prospector Howard McIntosh, stands next to the dog team that lies exhausted in the snow, despite the fact that wooded shelter was within sight. Busse recalled removing his gloves and risking frost bite, to snap the shot, and after 3 weeks of medical care & observation, his fingers appeared to be back to normal”.
In September, 1962, Busse died in a light plane crash near South Nahanni Valley, leaving thousands of records & photographs in his studio after 14 years work. These photos are now catalogued & held at the Northwest Territories Archives in Yellowknife, and many are available to view at the Archives website.
Provenance: Photo was obtained from a B.C. family whose father was an RCMP officer in Yellowknife during the 1950’s and early 60’s. The inscription on the back of the photo, dated 1962, seems to indicate that it was presented as a “going away gift” or retirement gift from the Yellowknife detachment. The descriptive writing and signature along the bottom of the the photo is believed to be Busses’, and is consistent with signatures on images at the Northwest Territories Archive. A wonderful, dramatic image.

18. Vintage Vojtech Kubasta Pop-Up Book – 1960

Item Price: $165

Item Description: THE DAY OF THE BISON HUNT. Bancroft & Company, London circa 1960. Printed in Czechoslovakia. Size 9 x 13″. An eight page Folktale in colourful, Illustrated, stiff wraps, with a fabulous pop-up/moveable illustration at the end. Excellent condition with all pop-up components intact & working, noting, one tiny crease at the top of the front cover and gently bumped top corner. Vojtech Kubasta (1914-1992) was a Czech architect, artist, paper engineer & illustrator, who, in the 1950’s and 60’s, created a series of pop-up adventure and fantasy stories, combining bold folk art style imagery, distinctive colours, and innovative cut and fold paper designs. His books of Disney stories and other fables are often collected by those interested in children’s literature, paper moveables and advertising.

19. Burmese Lacquer Lahpet Tray Circa 1930

Item Price: $125

Item Description: Beautiful, round laquered condiment box with cover, in black & red. 9″ diameter by 2″ high and complete with all 7 interior trays. Very good condition for the age and excellent design top and bottom. The base comprises of coiled bamboo which has then been lacquered, etched and coloured. The central tray is for pickled tea and the surrounding trays used for a variety of dried and roasted beans and nuts, slices of fried garlic, sesame seeds and small dried shrimp that are mixed with the tea and then eaten. A Burmese delicacy still served today.

20. Masonic History in Newfoundland – 1948

Item Price: $125

Item Description: Freemasonry in Newfoundland. An Historical Record Prepared to Mark the Centenary of St. John’s Lodge, No.579, E.C. 1848-1948 by Kenneth C. Skuce.
Printed for Private Circulation only, by Long Brothers, St.John’s, Newfoundland, 1948. First Edition. 8vo. In original, stapled paper wraps. 131 pgs. b/w photos & facsimiles. Chronological list of members from 1848, and a list of Masters & Wardens. An excellent history and scarce title with chapters on The First Lodge in Newfoundland and St. John’s, other early Lodges of Newfoundland, the war periods, building of the Temple at St. John’s etc. Expect that the covers and some pages are slightly age toned. No names or marks in text. Excellent overall. A rare offering and Masonic history from Eastern Canada, not widely held in public collections with only 4 found in institutions on WorldCat.

21. Toronto Art League Calendar – 1904

Item Price: $350

Item Description: Toronto Art League Calendar – 1904, Featuring Drawings by Canadian Artists Illustrating Some of the Characteristic Landscape Features of Canada (Includes designs by J.E.H. MacDonald)
Complete for the year 1904, and published by The Musson Book Company. Folded size is 13.5 x 9.5 Inches. Very good condition overall, with wonderful Art Nouveau style outer covers by A. Weir Crouch. The b/w designs, month to month, are bright and fresh, with the paper having a slight wavy appearance.The two binding staples are showing signs of rust with the month of June most affected at the center fold, and unfortunately, the calendar has loosened away from the outer covers. The Toronto Art Students’ League designed and published annual calendars from 1893 to 1904, combining innovative layout & design with original Canadian themes. J.E.H. MacDonald had joined the Toronto Art League in 1903 and contributed designs for the February and April months of this final calendar. Up to this time, and to about 1914, MacDonald worked in several commercial mediums (drafting, advertising layouts, posters, illustrations and lettering) before the founding of ‘The Group of Seven’ in 1920. His early art and design examples are uncommon in this marketplace and this calendar is a wonderful example. Other contributing artists to this calendar are: A. Weir Crouch, A.H. Howard, A.C. Goode, A.A. Martin, C.W. Jefferys, F.H. Brigden, N.M. Price, D.F. Thomson, R. Holmes, Will W. Alexander, Thomas G. Greene, and Charles MacDonald Manly. A rare find and piece of Canadian art history.

22. The New Zealanders Illustrated (Limited, Facsimile Edition)

Item Price: $500

Item Description: The New Zealanders Illustrated (Limited, Facsimile Edition)
By George French Angas (1822-1886) Published by A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington, New Zealand, 1966. Very Heavy Folio (22″x15″) Facsimile Edition. #118 of 750 copies. 60 colour plates with descriptive text opposite, printed on one side.Lightly scuffed half leather binding with marbled paper over boards. Gilt top edge. Bottom of spine with a gentle bump to the leather corner. Remains an excellent copy. *Colophon Note* The New Zealanders Illustrated was first published in ten parts in 1846-47, by Thomas McLean, London. There were 188 subscribers for the series, but it is possible that the number printed, though unknown, was somewhat in excess of this figure. There have been no further editions until this 1966 facsimile edition by publishers Reed; reproducing faithfully, without alteration or correction, every page of an original copy. Printed by offset lithography in seven colours on paper specially made to simulate that used in the original edition, and bound in the style of the period. Printing and binding by Kyodo Printing Co., Tokyo. George French Angas (1822-1886) English explorer, naturalist and painter, arrived in Adelaide in January 1844 and joined Sir George Grey on several expeditions into the interior of South Australia, documenting his impressions of the newly established colony, its inhabitants, landscape, and its flora and fauna. Angas also spent seven months in New Zealand, painting and writing about the indigenous people, and returning to South Australia in 1845. After his return to England, publication of his New Zealand paintings and notes for this volume were initiated. A very heavy folio that will require special shipping considerations due to size and weight. Several other 19th century works on the people, their manners & customs, history, and exploration of New Zealand and other countries of Oceania, are available from this bookseller. Inquiries welcome.