An online Bookseller since 2007, offering a fine selection of antiquarian, collectible, rare and out of print books, vintage photographs, postcards, ephemera, and small collectibles. This inventory can be viewed at www.abebooks.com/home/dclibris and new items are added regularly. All items are guaranteed as described with prices here in Canadian dollars and net to all. Visa, Mastercard and E-transfer payments accepted. Your purchase will be carefully packaged before shipping with buyers paying shipping costs calculated at the Canada Post website. Tracking & insurance included if required. Additional photos of any items here or on the website are available if requested, and inquiries are always welcome. Enjoy the show!

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1.   Illustrated by Molly Lamb Bobak – Signed / Limited Edition

Item Price:  $225

Item Description: A Tale of Merlin the Billy Dog by Anny Scoones, with illustrations by her mother, Molly Lamb Bobak. Apple Press Farm, North Saanich, B.C. 2000. Limited numbered edition (12/180) Signed by the author and illustrator on the title page. Tipped-in, colour lithograph illustrations. String bound with handmade paper covers of Nepalese Straw Lokta. A rare example in fine condition.

2.  Molly Lamb Bobak & Bruno Bobak – Ephemera / Christmas Greetings 1967-1979​

Item Price: Individually Priced

​Item Description: Canadian Artists Ephemera. 4 original, limited, 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 selection of 4 original, Christmas Greetings from the Bobaks, as serigraph prints; described in order of photos with Molly’s hockey theme as the main photo. All have been folded in the same way to fit into a legal sized envelope for Christmas mailing, and remain very suitable for framing. Unfortunately the envelopes are not available.
1. 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. 22 X 17 inches (55.5 X 43 cm) Has been folded as mentioned above. No breaks in the paper. $250.00
2. 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 winter coastal or lakeside scene? 22 X 17 inches (55.5 X 43 cm) Folded as the others with breaks in the paper along the center horizontal crease. $185.00
3. 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 winter scene. 22 X 17 inches (55.5 X 43 cm) Folded as the others without breaks in the paper. $195.00
4. 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. 22 X 17 inches (55.5 X 43 cm) Folded as the others with pinholes to 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 handsome piece of art ephemera. $195.00

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

Item Price: $300

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 & rare in this fine condition.

4. Vintage NU-WAY Automatic Potato Peeler – 1931

Item Price: $165

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.

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

Item Price: $650

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 Harris and his wife 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 unique and scarce title enhanced by association to Lawren Harris.

6. The RCAF in Burma – 1944-1945

Item Price: $250

Item Description: Chinthe. The 435 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force. Our Travels in India, Burma and China 1944-1945. W.C. Law, (editor and Squadron member) 166 pgs. b/w snapshot photos & diagrams throughout. Endpaper maps. Printed by Diggon-Hibben Limited, Victoria, B.C. Very good to near fine condition in lightly scuffed blue cloth with light wear at corner tips and spine ends. The editor, W.C. Law, was a member of the Squadron from Vancouver, B.C. and in his ‘forward’ says that this volume is the result of the efforts of those who served against the Japanese in South East Asia, and recorded as a souvenir of travels in India, Burma and China. Squadron members from all Canadian provinces listed at the end. An uncommon RCAF history that was privately published about 1947.

7. Four Original b/w Photos of Heavy Industry Machinery circa 1920

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Item Description: Four original, (8×10 inches) linen backed, b/w photos of Heavy Industry Machinery and mammoth, double helical cut tooth gears with their pinions on top. This industrial equipment was used in coal and iron ore mining as hoisting machinery, and the photos were likely taken pre1920. Photographers stamp on the backs of photos ABC is G.A. Brackett, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the photographer stamp on photo D is from Childs Art Gallery, Ishpeming, Michigan. The two photos of the cable hoisting equipment indicate, Webster Camp & Lane Machine Company, Akron, Ohio and The Wellman Seaver Morgan Co.Cleveland, Ohio. Expect some shallow creasing, light wear & scratches. Linen backing is a little grubby. Very good overall for this group of unique photos.

8. Howard Hughes – Pioneer Aviator 1936

Item Price: $50

Item Description: 7 X 9 inches, b/w Photograph of Howard Hughes at Floyd Bennett Field. Published by ACME Newspictures Inc., New York, 1936. Howard Hughes (left) arrives at Bennett Field, NY, after his solo flight from Miami, with a record time of 4 hours 22 minutes, April 21,1936. Hughes (1905-1976) is greeted by Aviation official, Albert Lodwick (center) and an unidentified ‘newsreel man’, shortly after landing his low wing, Northrop, all metal monoplane. ACME identification stamp on the back of the photo with attached information strip. Corners are lightly creased with pinholes at the top of photo. Heavier crease top left 2 inches. Hughes was 31 years old at the time, and this was 11 years before the first flight of his famous “Spruce Goose” ; the largest wooden aircraft ever constructed.

9. Ontario – 10 Wellington County Township Maps – 1906

​Item Price: $50.00 each map​

Item Description: Published by The Historical Atlas Publishing Co., Toronto, 1906. 10 Single, unmounted, colour maps of the Townships of Eramosa – Maryborough – Peel – West Garafraxa – Minto – West Luther – Erin – Nichol & Pilkington – Guelph – and Arthur, Wellington County, Ontario; liberated from the original “Historical Atlas of the County of Wellington Ontario. Compiled, Drawn and Published from Personal Examinations and Surveys” 1906. Maps drawn by Frank P. Lloyd. Center fold, light creasing and some age toning around the edges. Several maps have short tears along the edges but remain suitable for framing. Size: 69 x 47cm (27 x 19 inches) Only 4 maps are shown here. Please contact me for the map  photos of  your choice.

10. RCAF – History of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals

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Item Description: History of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals 1903-1961. John S. Moir (editor) Published by Corps Committee (RCCS), Ottawa, 1962. 366 pgs. b/w photos. 8vo. Folding colour maps. Endpaper maps. Roll of Honour. Very gently used in lightly creased dust jacket with faded titles along the spine and staining top of back panel. An excellent copy.

11. Group of 7 Royal Canadian Air Force Aircraft Photographs

Item Price: $65

Item Description: Group of 7 , b/w, RCAF Aircraft Photographs. All photos in excellent condition and measure 8.5 X 6.5 inches (22X17 cm) with printed information on the backs. Photo A. Lockheed CP-122 Neptune flying over English Bay, Vancouver. Photo B. De Havilland DHC-3 Otter, lightly creased right side. Photo C. Beechcraft D-18S. Photo D. Grumman Albatross (Rescue Aircraft) Photo E. Canadair CC-106 Yukon. Photo F. Canadair CC-166 Cosmopolitan. Photo G. Lockheed C130 Hercules. The RCAF flight histories of all these aircraft can be found at the RCAF website. Sold as a group of 7.


Item Price: $850 net

Item Description: Greely, Adolphus. THREE YEARS OF ARCTIC SERVICE. An Account Of The Lady Franklin Bay Expedition of 1881-84 and The Attainment of The Farthest North (2 Volumes in Fine Leather Binding)
London. Richard Bentley & Son. 1886. First UK Edition. Superb 19th Century binding, given as a 2nd class prize at Queenwood College (Hampshire ?) Royal blue hard-grained morocco leather with gilt & blind tooled decorations in an Art Nouveau style. Minor wear to spine ends and corners. Rear hinge of Vol.II starting but secure. All edges gilt. Inside dentelles. Six panels with raised bands and fine gilt tooling to spines. Ribbon bookmarks bound in. Small bookplate on each front pastedown endpaper. Light creases to front free endpapers. Typical light foxing to preliminary pages with other trivial scattered foxing within the text. Text is generally bright and fresh…bindings secure. VOLUME I. pgs. xxv,428 (one leaf) 17 b/w full-page illustrations, including frontis portrait of Greely that has offset to partially detached tissue guard. Multiple in-text illustrations. 5 maps (1 folding) VOLUME II. pgs. xiii,444. 26 b/w full-page illustrations, including frontis. Multiple in-text illustrations. 4 maps (3 folding) The map called for in the pocket follows page 444. This map has two tape repairs along the hinge. A beautiful, fine binding set.
This is the first English edition of Greely’s account of an ill-fated and arduous, Lady Franklin Bay Expedition, in a period, fine binding. In 1881, Lt. Adolphus W. Greely (1844-1935) led a 25-man U.S. Army expedition to the Arctic with the primary mission to create a scientific observation post at Lady Franklin Bay. His party became stranded en route and for two consecutive winters relief parties were unable to resupply his camp. A rescue ship did not arrive until 1884, and found Greely and 6 other men in starved condition. The others from the party had perished from starvation, drowning, hypothermia and even an execution Greely himself ordered. His party had reached farther north than any previous expedition to the North Pole and completed extensive mapping of the then-mostly unknown northern parts of Greenland. Based chiefly on Greely’s diaries the book documents the expeditions day after day struggles with polar ice, sledge journeys, camp life, long trekking, and the geography of the territory they explored.


Item Price: $250

Item Description: ULETKA and the WHITE LIZARD by Baroness Orczy . London. Dean & Son, 1895. First Edition. Original Illustrated cloth. 12mo. A scarce title of 19th Century fantasy fiction by Emma Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála Orczy de Orci; better known for her published name as Baroness Orczy (1865-1947) Her historical fiction series of novels relating the adventures of the aristocrat, Sir Percy Blakeney, better known as the ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ became very popular in the early 1900’s with previous success in London, as a long running stage play of the same title, first opening in Nottingham in 1903. This earlier first edition, published in the “Queen Mab” series, is a collection of three Hungarian fairy stories: the title story; Mr. Cuttlefish’s Love Story; and The Twin Hunchbacks. 64 pgs. Decorative endpapers. b/w frontis and multiple text illustrations by the author and her husband, Montagu Barstow. An excellent example, gently used, without names or marks in text and one tiny break in the cloth along the outer hinge (see photo)


Item Price: $350

Item Description: MEDICINA IN NUMMIS. A Descriptive List of the Coins – Medals – Jetons Relating to Medicine, Surgery and the Allied Sciences by Horatio R. Storer (Edited & completed by Malcolm Storer) Privately Printed by the Author.Wright & Potter Printing Co. Boston, 1931. First Edition. 1146 pages, Bibliography. b/w frontis portrait plaque & 16 plates. 8343 entries with a 57 page addenda. Original green cloth, lightly scuffed with fading gilt titles and spotty cloth along the spine. The cloth has one short break at the bottom of the spine. Previous owner’s name on the first blank page and their reference notes fill the last blank page. First few pages are lightly creased from careless closing of this very heavy volume (3.1kg) including the frontis and title page. Horatio Robinson Storer (1830-1922) was a prominent physician and dedicated numismatist of Boston. He was the author of numerous articles published in the American Numismatic Association’s journal, and this volume, considered the most comprehensive work on the topic, recording near ten thousand items. Also a physician and active member of the Boston Numismatic Society, his son, Malcolm Storer (1862-1935) edited and completed this work after his father’s death. Privately printed for the author (likely in very small numbers) never reprinted or superseded, this reference is a rare find in the open marketplace, and prized in private collections.


Item Price: $75

Item Description: The Story of Old Abegweit. A Sketch of Prince Edward Island History by George Edward Hunt. Privately printed in Charlottetown, PEI, 1935. 79 pgs. b/w illustrations. Not the prettiest float in the parade but uncommon and collectable. Outer wraps have come away from the stapled text. Paper loss top & bottom of spine, light creases to front cover and short, repaired tear to the back cover. (see photos) See R.E. Watters, A Checklist of Canadian Literature, 2nd ed.,Toronto,1972, page 687.


Item Price: $295

Item Description: Engraved, brass & copper relief, julep style cup, decorated with celebrating vineyard cherubs around the middle, and grape vines around the bottom. Cup measures 4.75 inches high and 3.25 inches diameter at the top. Weight is 330 grams. Very light wear for its age, with some light surface scratches in the brass. Number 314 stamped on the bottom of the cup. No obvious makers marks. Engraved on both sides in both written & printed fonts. Front side – Goole Regatta 1869. Six Oared Galley Race. ST. GEORGES ROWING CLUB, HULL. Back side names the 7 member team as, I.L. Moss – E. Waltham – F.K. Gibson – C.B. Lambert – H.W.R. Smith – C.J. Todd (St.) – E. Snowden (Cox.) Both Goole and Hull are in the East Riding of Yorkshire, UK, on the River Humber estuary, and the Hull crew would have been a visiting team during the regatta. A well made and unusual piece of Victorian sporting memorabilia for trophy hunting collectors and rowing enthusiasts. Note: my photos are limited to 4 on this site, but others will be provided if required.


Item Price: $75

Item Description: A vintage, brass cased, 4 inch diameter, 78ft., Lawn Tennis Measure; maker unknown, but, likely made by A.W. Gamage, a department store in Holborn, London; trading between 1878 and 1972, particularly well known for its toy and hardware departments, and included many sporting items in all their catalogues. The paper label on this measure is intact, lightly age toned and a little foxed. The canvas tape is also intact with a little wear to the first 2 inches then increasingly bright and unused along the 78 feet (the length of a traditional lawn tennis court) The brass casing is showing moderate wear with light scratches, and remains fully intact. The tape rewind handle is fully functional with smooth movement. An ideal gift for tennis fans and sports memorabilia collectors.