Wilfrid M. de Freitas – Bookseller  Booth 2

Wilfrid deFreitas and Susan Ravdin, Montreal

We’re general dealers in antiquarian and out-of-print books, with a few specialties in subjects / authors which are of particular interest to us (and we hope to you!). We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Canada and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, and have been in the business for over thirty years. You can get an idea of what kind of books we sell by following us on Facebook or visiting our website (www.defreitasbooks.com).
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21 – [Stratford trilogy] by Robertson Davies, Tyrone Guthrie, et al.: Renown at Stratford; Twice Have the Trumpets Sounded; Thrice the Brindled Cat Hath Mewed

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Item Description: Three vols., all first editions. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin & Company, 1953, 1954, and 1955. A most attractive set, with all volumes fine (‘Thrice’ with ink name and date on ffep); dust wrappers near fine (‘Renown’ lightly soiled, with some rubbing at extremities, and small piece lacking at top front) to fine (‘Thrice’ with minor foxing visible on inside only).

A wonderful record of an experiment that has grown to be a beloved theatrical institution, celebrating the first three seasons (1953-55) of the Stratford Festival:
— ‘Renown …’: “Drawings by Grant Macdonald”, productions of Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’ and ‘All’s Well that Ends Well’, staring Alec Guinness and Irene Worth respectively.
— ‘Twice …’: with Grant Macdonald’s illustrations, productions of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, ‘Measure for Measure’ and, the first non-Shakesperian production, ‘Oedipus Rex’.
— ‘Thrice …’: with contributions by Boyd Neel and Tanya Moiseiwitsch, and illustrations taken from costume designs, featuring ‘Julius Caesar’, ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and a revival of ‘King Oedipus’.

22.  Tissus et Ambiances [Design example portfolio for fabrics by] Romanex de Boussac

Item Price: $225

Item Description: Paris: [Boussac], 1957. “Exemplaire No. 2279” of an unspecified print run. Heavy card sleeve with photographic onlay, in a sturdy linen-covered portfolio; containing eleven folders and six leaves, together with an additional suite (“… petit suite à notre histoire des styles”) of twelve leaves at rear. 46 gorgeous images depicting the Romanex de Boussac fabric line in various decorative styles for home, office or hotel settings — applications include draperies, upholstery and wall coverings. Accompanied with descriptive text in French, on the decor of the given period, “… du Moyen Age à l’époque contemporaine” (from the Middle Ages to contemporary times), and with presentation card from the “Comptoir de l’Industrie Cotonnière Etablissments Boussac” laid in.

Contents fine, though one tissue may be lacking from the additional suite; a few tissues with edge creasing, one with short closed tear; near fine folder has slightly bumped corner and short splits at ends of front joint; fine portfolio, just a touch rubbed at corners and on titling label. All in all, a lovely, fresh copy.

23. The Eighteen Nineties by Holbrook Jackson

Item Price: $60

Item Description: London: Grant Richards. 1913. First edition. “A Review of Art and Ideas at the Close of the Nineteenth Century”. Original reddish buckram a trifle spotted on front cover and somewhat sunned around spine (especially 2 cm faded oval patch); gilt decoration and lettering still bright; top edges gilt. Neat 1916 gift inscription on fep. A lavish production with b/w illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley (as one would expect), Max Beerbohm and Walter Crane, to name but a few of the artists of the era. The index is replete with just about every literary and artistic ‘name’ of the period.
Laid in is an unidentified and, as far as we can tell, unrelated 2 pp. signed autograph letter.

24 – Fishes of Guiana, by Robert H. Schomburgk

Item Price: $275

Item Description: Edinburgh: W. H. Lizars [et al.], 1841-3, first editions, 2 vols., with **hand-coloured illustrations**. The Naturalist’s Library series. Both volumes (small 8vo) in original gilt-titled cloth, a little sunned on spine, and with Dublin bookseller’s ink stamp on front pastedowns: vol.1 near fine, clean and tight, but with two-page plate bound in upside down; vol.2 very good, but with front cover detached, spine partly loose and some cracking to rear joint, contents also clean and tight.

The 59 full-page, tissue-guarded plates were drawn from nature, depicting the fish found in and around the Guianas, the area of northeastern South America between the Orinoco and Amazon Rivers, focusing on what was then British Guiana. There are also two b/w plates in v.1, as well as frontispiece portraits and engraved title pages in each volume, for a total of 65 plates.

These are two of six ichthyology volumes in the Naturalist’s Library, and ichthyology was only one of four sub-series that made up the complete 40 volume set, authored by authorities in each field, edited by William Jardine, and published by Jardine’s brother-in-law, W.H. Lizars. The author, Schomburgk, was a German-born explorer, naturalist, ethnologist and British diplomat, who travelled extensively in the West Indies.

25. Abode of Snow by Andrew Wilson

Item Price: $165

Item Description: Sub-title “Observations on a Journey from Chinese Tibet to the Indian Caucasus, Through the Upper Valleys of the Himálaya.”
Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons. 1876. Second edition.
Original green cloth somewhat spotted; front cover bowed; head and tail of spine a bit frayed and worn (no loss). Spine gilt titling and decoration still bright. Front hinge tender; rear cracked but strong. Light crease across upper corner of text through p. 80, including tinted frontispiece (“The Valley of Glaciers”). Folding map in rear pocket a little browned at folds but no splits or tears as is often the case. Unidentified 1881 gift inscription on verso of fep.
Note: “Abode of Snow” is a literal translation of the Sanscrit compound “Himálaya” … cf. Preface

26 – Hoofbeats: Drawings and Comments by Warren T. Halpin

Item Price: $125

Item Description: Philadelphia and New York [and] London: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1938. First edition, **#214 of 1550 copies**. A fine copy of the book, top edge blue; just a touch dusty, and with endpapers a little foxed. In original protective box, with full-page label on front; now broken, several side panels are gone, others are taped into place; good only.

A collection of 65 “reproductions” of equestrian drawings on the right-hand page, facing a brief accompanying text and a secondary sketch on the left. Broken into sections (Polo, Hunting, Steeplechasing and Miscellaneous), the first three with introductions by noted figures (including the President of the Masters of Foxhounds Association of America).

27. H. G. Wells. A Year of Prophesying [First Canadian edition]

Item Price: $75

Item Description: Toronto: Ryerson Press. [1924]. A fine, bright copy in publisher’s original blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; tiny cloth snag on rear cover. Foxing on all three outer edges; previous owner’s circular inkstamp and 1926 signature on front end-paper. Contents clean, tight and fresh.
“This book consists of a year of journalistic writing, fifty-five articles altogether, and all that ought to be said in the Preface will be found in the concluding article. H. G. W.” cf. Foreword.
Note: Conforms to pagination of UK first edition, with the following exceptions: no list of author’s works on verso of half-title; no “First published in 1924” on verso of title; “Printed in Great Britain” at foot (instead of “(All rights reserved)”

28 – Moated Houses, by W. Tristram Outram

Item Price: $50

Item Description: London: Methuen & Co., 1910. First edition. Illustrated by Herbert Railton, with pen-and-ink drawings and grey-toned images. A very good and attractive copy; recased with new endpapers; top edge gilt; hint of wear to lower edges, and a bit of faded spotting to cloth along spine at rear; tanned frontispiece tissue guard, affecting title page.

This volume looks at twenty-four of the surviving manor houses of late medieval times, specifically those protected by moats (rare even in those times), and the lives lived in them. Here you’ll find such historic survivors as Hever Castle, home of the Boleyn family; Stanfield Hall where the wife of the Earl of Leicester, Queen Elizabeth favourite, mysteriously fell to her death; and Bisham Abbey, owned by Anne of Cleves, the fourth wife of Henry VIII, after her divorce.

29 – A Delicate Truth, By John le Carré [Waterstones edition]

Item Price: $150

Item Description: London: Viking, 2013. First edition — Waterstones “Exclusive Signed Edition”: with signed leaf preceding half-title, five-page introduction by the author (not in ordinary first edition), and two Waterstones stickers on dust jacket (“Includes John le Carré on his inspiration …”). As new in un-priceclipped dust jacket.

“If the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing, how can he keep silent?” (cf. dust jacket blurb about main character)

30. Marius the Epicurean by Walter Pater [2 volumes]

Item Price: $235

Item Description: London: Macmillan and Co. 1929. **Limited edition of 325 copies**, of which 300 were for sale. With sixteen drypoint engraved plates by British illustrator Thomas MacKenzie, of which the first is **signed by the artist**. A very good set in publisher’s original 1/4 vellum and batik-paper covered boards, worn at edges and corners; spine gilt titling severely rubbed, and a little fraying to headband of vol.1. Printed on hand-made paper, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Simple, balanced typography; title page printed in black and blue; all plates tissue-guarded and with titled cover pages. Contents excellent, tight and clean; bookplates.
Notes: first published in 1885, ‘Marius’ is a classic. This, Pater’s only novel, is one of his most important works. It draws on his earlier “Imaginary Portraits” theme, short sketches of fictional people set in an historical time, and expands it into a full-length work about ‘Marius’. The “Introductory Essay by J.C. Squire” (poet, historian and editor of the ‘London Mercury’) states that “… in beauty of style Marius is the crown of Pater’s achievement.”

31 – Self-Defence; or, The Art of Boxing … , by Ned Donnelly

Item Price: $275

Item Description: London: Welodn & Co., [n.d., 1879]. First edition. The title continues: “With Illustrations, showing the various blows, stops, and guards” on 37 full-page plates, mostly of gloved competitors, with accompanying descriptive text. A very good copy; lightly soiled, a hint of wear at corners; with an unfortunate scuff/tear on front cover — looks a bit like a fist punching the figure in the nose! Contents have been read, resulting an some pages being a bit grubby and text just a little loose. Uncommon.

As the author, an ex-prize-ring fighter turned gym-trainer, says in the Preface, “The [bare-knuckled] Prize Ring may be dead, but boxing is still as much alive as ever, and must always form a part of the athletic education of every young Englishman. My experience both in fighting and in teaching has led me to believe that I could render service to students with the pen, as well as with the gloves on my hands; hence this little manual on the noble art.” Donnelly and his editor, fencer J.W. Waite, were both instructors (“professor”) at the London Athletic Club teaching what was referred to as “Assault at Arms”.

32 – Plan of the City & Fortifications of Louisburg from a Survey made by Richard Gridley … [with] A Plan of the City and Harbour of Louisburg … during the Siege of 1745

Item Price: $300

Item Description: London: Universal Magazine for J. Hinton, [1758]. (Extracted from the May 1758 issue of the Magazine.) Probably engraved by Thomas Jefferys, though his name is not on the 38 x 29 cm sheet. Both maps, and small inset of “Map of Gabarus Bay”, all showing the site as it was during the siege of 1745; coincidentally published on the eve of the 1758 siege.

A near fine copy, with cross-folds; a couple short closed tears at folds, and a few tiny edge nicks; lightly toned overall; 1 x 2 cm. old repair on verso showing faintly through at centre right margin, near rosette.

33. Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

Item Price: $260

Item Description: Autograph note dated Oct 7–1828 in third person; written during his term of office as Prime Minister of Great Britain
“The Duke of Wellington informs Thomas Rowan that he must apply to the Adjutant General”.
1 p. on gilt-edged folded note-paper. Old horizontal folds, visible mainly on second leaf.

34. A. P. Low. The Cruise of the Neptune [cover title]

Item Price: $115

Item Description: Full title “Report on the Dominion Government Expedition to Hudson Bay and the Arctic Islands on board the D.G.S Neptune 1903-1904”.
Ottawa: Government Printing Office. 1906. A near fine copy in original pictorial gilt dark green cloth, profusely illustrated with full page b/w photographs. Large folding map (two tears at folds) 74 x 99 cm. in pocket at rear. Inscription on front pastedown; ink number on fep. Front inner hinge split 7 cm. at top; rear split, but strong, owing to bulky map. 2 cm chip and closed tear at fore-edge of fep; faint 4 cm ripple to lower edge of last few pages. Contents otherwise clean and tight.
Note: A heavy book printed on glossy paper; weighs over 1 kilo.

35 – Noa Noa, by Paul Gauguin

Item Price: $125

Item Description: Tahiti: L’Association des Amis du Musée Gauguin; New York: Gauguin and Oceania Foundation, 1987. Facsimile of Gauguin’s French manuscript, including part-pages, corrections and in-text sketch, together with full-colour illustrations; translation into English by John Donne at rear.

A fine copy, tight and fresh, of this fascinating, stunning journal of Gauguin’s first voyage and early time in Tahiti, written after his return to France, when he longed for the beauty and simplicity of island life.

NOA NOA (which means Fragrance), has been reprinted in various formats. In this edition the Musée Gauguin “… présente ici le NOA NOA des origines, fac-similé enrichi pour la première fois de la pluspart des illustrations du manuscrit de 1895.” — “… presents here the original NOA NOA, facsimile enriched for the first time with most of the illustrations from the 1895 manuscript” (cf. Introduction by Jean-Marie Dallet)

New Item – Six British Soldiers by Sir John Fortescue

Item Price: 75.00

Item Description: London: Williams and Norgate. 1928. First edition. An exceptionally fine copy in original gilt lettered blue cloth, and equally fine dust jacket. Full page b/w illustration of each soldier.
“The Historian of the British Army takes six typical British soldiers, Cromwell, Marlborough, Wellington, Moore, Abercromby and Stuart, and shows the contribution of each to the making of the army and the evolution of a military policy.” cf. dust jacket.
The author, a military historian, was also Librarian/Archivist at Windsor Castle