Wilfrid M. de Freitas – Bookseller  –  Booth 1 of 2

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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1. Billiards by Major W. Broadfoot (with contributions by several others).

Item Price:  $135

Item Description: London: Longmans Green. 1906. New edition. A fine copy of the Deluxe Issue of the Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes. Edited by His Grace the (eighth) Duke of Beaufort; in the original 3/4 dark blue morocco with mustard buckram sides; top edge gilt. Beaufort armorial in gilt on front cover, and gilt spine lettering. 1912 ownership name on verso of fep, shadowing on to half-title; hinges [unusually] perfect. Mild foxing internally; old closed tear and crease at p. 123/4; contents otherwise clean and tight. preliminaries now age-toned. Profusely illustrated with 11 full page plates most showing, interestingly, ladies in evening dress playing billiards, plus several full page table diagrams of strokes, angles, etc.
Note: there are three issues of this series. 1. Pictorial brown cloth. 2. This one (described above) and 3. The large format limited edition of 250 copies, bound In the same style as #2.

2: The Look of Reading: Book, Painting, Text by Garrett Stewart

Item Price:  $75

Item Description: Chicago & London: University if Chicago Press, 2006. First edition. A fine copy; very faint evidence of a bookplate, and a couple tiny marks on front; dust jacket with a slight hint of rubbing, and impression of a few words on front (as though a note had been written over it).

A richly illustrated (in colour and b/w), deeply researched and interpreted study if the images of books and reading in art: from early religious iconography to medieval portraits, still-life-with-books to pop art, realism to modernism. Stewart, the James O. Freedman Professor of Letters at the University of Iowa, traces the techniques, technology, imagery, and thematics, of this unique genre. Book lovers, art lovers, and those who are both, will all covet this book.

“Reading is where you go to be elsewhere. In taking in a page, readers are themselves taken in by — and out of themselves. With this in mind, I wanted to investigate the specific art historical and social developments under whose auspices the scene of reading has been painted over the centuries, as well as the persistent mystery of transport that such painting thinks less to capture, exactly, than to release.” (cf. Overview “Facing Pages”)

3: Louisbourg from Its Foundation to Its Fall, 1713-1758, by John Stewart McLennan

Item Price:  $275

Item Description: London: Macmillan and Co., 1918. First edition. Illustrated with 18 b/w plates, a long fold-out colour frontispiece view of the harbour in 1731, and six large folded b/w reproductions of historic maps/charts in a deep pocket at rear (plus a folded appendix table). A very good copy, with all inserts as called for; covers a little spotted; spine ends somewhat worn, with small hole near gilt titling thereon; front endpapers much toned (from clipping?); rear hinge reinforced, with associated 2” repair to lower margin of free endpaper; unusually for such a thick book (460+ pages), text-block nice and firm.

Written J.S. McLennan for publication in 1915, but the Great War delayed the release of this history of the French fortress and fortified town in Nova Scotia and its two seiges/battles against English forces. In doing research he had scoured archives and historical collections from Paris and London to Ottawa, for relevant maps, letters, military reports, views, ships’ lists, trade and economic records, to gain insight into every aspect of life in the town. His final product, according to the ‘Dictionary of Canadian Biography’, “… remains a fundamental work on the chronological history of the French colonial town”, now a National Historic Site.

4. The History of the Montreal Hunt [1826-1953] by John Irwin Cooper [with related ephemera]

​Item Price: $175

Item Description: Montreal: Privately published by the Montreal Hunt. 1953. First edition. A fine copy in the original red cloth, titled and decorated in gilt (now dulled). Montreal map end-papers; armorial bookplate. Profusely illustrated with historical and contemporary b/w photographs showing the history of the Hunt, **the oldest Fox Hunting Club in North America** founded in 1826. Laid in is the Club’s 1963 Hunter Trials 28 page souvenir booklet, and several pieces of related ephemera including an original prospectus for the book indicating that full morocco bound copies are also available at “five dollars extra” [very reasonable!] Curiously, there are also a few blank limitation labels, printed in red “This book is No…… of a limited edition printed for the members of the Montreal Hunt in the year 1953 ………….. M.F.H. ” Presumably intended for this copy, it was never used.

5: A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Agriculture Adapted to … Canada, by William Evans

​Item Price:  $450

Item Description: Montreal: Printed by Fabre, Perrault & Co., 1835. First edition. In five parts, focusing on conditions in Canada: “History of Agriculture” “Science of Agriculture”, “… Practice of Agriculture”, Crops, and Farm animals. TPL 1883; Gagnon 1291 (French translation).

Originally illustrated with eight leaves of plates, this copy lacks a two-leaf spread of tillage and farm equipment (facsimiles laid in). A good, if rough, copy from a heritage library collection; boards chipped and creased at edges, front one attached by binding cords; remnants of 1/4 leather spine; call number at lower front; dusty. Text clean and tight; with 6 plates (of 8 — see above), frontispiece detached and edge-chipped; many corners creased; two bookplates, and pencilled accession number at foot of preface with small blind-stamp on p. 9; some notations on endpapers.

Evans was one of the first practical farmers to scientifically study agriculture, as applied to the conditions in Canada, and more specifically, Lower Canada. This important early work on Canadian agriculture draws on British, French, and American sources, written by some of the best known late-18th and early-19th century authors, and on the author’s own extensive experience and experiments.

6: The British Admirals, With an Introductory View of the Naval History of England, by Robert Southey (a.k.a. “Lives of the British Admirals …”)

Item Price: $125

Item Description:  London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green & Longman … and John Taylor, 1833-37. First editions. 4 vols. (of 5 *). Vols. 1&2 contain the naval history, through the reign of Elizabeth, vols. 3&4 focus on individual commanders like Sir Francis Drake, Sir Richard Hawkins and Sir Walter Raleigh, pulling material from various historical sources. A fine (if incomplete *) set, in stunning dark blue polished calf, with marbled edges: additional engraved title pages; a hint of rubbing at extremities; contents tight and clean.

Southey, a poet and historian (he was poet laureate, 1813-43) who had already published a two-volume biography of Horatio Nelson, was a natural choice to write this series. (* Vol.5, not present, was published in 1840, and is listed as “by Robert Southey … continued by Robt. Bell”. Some references say that Bell authored the whole of v.5, but no one seems certain. Vols. 1-4, present here, were entirely by Southey. )

Part of the Cabinet of Biography, a sub-section of the Cabinet Cyclopedia, a 133 volume series published between 1829 and 1846, by Dionysius Lardner. Each was by a noted writer, historian or scientist (Mary Shelley, Sir Walter Scott, Thomas Moore, etc.); they covered a wide range of non-fiction subjects, from history to technology, and much more.

7.  The Crown Jewels of England, by Sir George Younghusband and Cyril Davenport

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Item Description: London, New York, [etc.]: Cassell and Company, 1919. First edition. **No. 1182 of 1400 copies**, extensively illustrated with frontispiece and eighteen tipped-on, full-colour plates of the jewels, each with titled tissue guard.

A near fine, fresh, bright copy on original gilt-stamped cloth; top edge gilt; endpapers a little dusty, faint crease across two preliminary leaves, with a couple marks to limitation page; very faint line to bottom edge. **Scarce in dust jacket,** this one very good, though front joint is splitting (d.j. photo taken with archival cover in place to protect the fragile area)

The authors, Major General Sir George Younghusband and Cyril Davenport describe not only the jewels (crowns, orbs, sceptres, plate, etc), but also discuss the history of each item and of the coronation ceremony itself, noting the “The Crown of England is older than any Crown in Europe, and is worn by a Sovereign with more ancient a lineage than any of the Royal families of the Western world.” They are well suited to write on the subject: the former was Keeper of the Jewel House, 1917-1944; the latter, Superintendent of Bookbinding at the British Museum, wrote on diverse subjects including jewellery design and heraldry, often illustrating them with his own artwork.

8.  Wild Life of the World : A Descriptive Survey of the Geographical Distribution of Animals, by Richard Lydekker

Item Price:  $175

Item Description: London: Frederick Warne and Co., [n.d., ca.1916]. First edition. Three volumes. “Illustrated with over six hundred engravings from original drawings and one hundred and twenty studies in colour.” A near fine set; spines a trifle darkened and with a bit of tiny-sized spotting; bookplates; first and last leaves lightly foxed; contents nice and tight.

Lydekker, a British naturalist and geologist, was an early proponent of biogeography, the study of the distribution of species across the world and through time. This posthumous work, “… had received his final revision, so that it remains as he left it …”

This is a spectacular production, but large and heavy, requiring additional postage.

9.  The Demon Telegraph A Magazine For Magicians (10 issues)

Item Price: $85

Item Description: London, L. Davenport & Co, 1942 – 1951, Stapled pictorial wrappers.

Group of ten (10) magic magazines published in London by L. Davenport, & Co. between June-July 1942 and October 1951. #64 June–July 1942; #67 Dec1942; #68 Jan–Feb. 1943; #70 June–July 1943; #71 Sep–Oct; #72 Dec 1943; #73 Jan–Feb 1944; #76 Oct–Nov 1944; #146 Aug 1951; #148 Oct 1951. Contributors [from just the first couple of issues] include Tom Sellers, Verrall Wass, Oscar Paulson, Oswald Williams [about], Eric Williams, Arthur Buckle [on children’s parties], et al. Apart from some age toning and dust soiling (to be expected), all issues in very good condition; a few with underlining and marginalia.

Note: #67 has a 4″ square of semi-transparent plain paper pasted over the top of last page; #73 staple rusted, centre pages loose.

Davenport’s, founded in 1898, was, until it closed in January 2020, the world’s oldest family run magic business. It now continues online.


10. [Three exhibition catalogues for one man shows by Friedensreich Hundertwasser]

Item Price: $100

Item Description:  1. Hundertwasser: 10 October 1973, New York, Aberbach Fine Art – with sticker overlay of description on p.22
2. Hundertwasser: 1973, New Zealand – with folded catalogue sheet in pocket at rear
3. Hundertwasser … Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris, Mai — Juillet 1975 (561, [1] p.)

All three small (15 x 11 cm) volumes, the last with text in French, each with introductory essays, and copiously illustrated with full colour plates of vibrant art works by this unique Austrian artist and architect, accompanied by descriptive labels.

All volumes fine and tight.

11. In Darkest Africa by Henry M. Stanley [First Canadian edition]

​Item Price: $175

Item Description: Title continues “or the Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin Governor of Equatoria.” New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons / Toronto: Presbyterian News Company. 1890. First edition, Canadian Issue [i.e., First Canadian Edition]. 2 volumes in publisher’s original pictorial gilt [silhouette map of Africa] pebble grained green cloth, a little rubbed at edges and spine ends, small gouge at tail of vol. 2.  Front inside hinge of vol. 1 tender; others strong. Tissue guarded frontispiece [the author] in each volume. Profusely illustrated with full page b/w plates and in-text images; 1 folding map in rear packet of vol. 1 and 2 in vol. 2, as called for. 1 cm. closed tears at top margin of pp. 319-324 [possible binding fault?] Contents clean and tight.
Note: “Printed and bound by James Murray & Co. Toronto, Ont.”; Scribner spine imprint.  The two heavy volumes will require additional postage.

12. The Life of F[ield] M[arshal], H.R.H. Edward , Duke of Kent by Dr. William James Anderson

Item Price: $145

Item Description: Title continues “Illustrated by His Correspondence with the De Salaberry Family, Never Before Published, Extending from 1791 to 1814.” Ottawa and Toronto: Hunter, Rose & Company. 1870. First edition. A near fine copy in publisher’s original blind-stamped purple cloth titled in gilt along spine (some fading). Engraved bookplate (by Aimé Dufresne) of early 20th.C Montreal businessman and well known book collector, L. Emile Grothe. Conjugate pp. 25-28 loose, as issued. All edges stained red; contents clean and tight.
Gagnon 118; Watters p.457; not in TPL.

Notes: the Duke of Kent [1767-1820] was the third son of King George III. He served in the campaign of 1794-1795 to eject the French from the Caribbean islands of Martinique and St Lucia. Having acquitted himself in battle, he was appointed in 1799 as Commander-in-Chief, British North America (Canada). He had an extensive correspondence with the distinguished Canadian soldier Lieut.-Colonel Charles Michel de Salaberry and his family.

The author, Dr. William James Anderson, L.R.C.S. was the President of the Quebec Literary and Historical Society, and a friend of the son of the above-named Lieut.-Colonel de Salaberry.

13. Gentleman John [Photo-souvenir of Jean Beliveau], ed. by Francine Blais and Michèle Marchand

Item Price: $125

Item Description: Montreal: Scully-The World Show (Telemission Information), 2008. First edition. “The Greatest Hockey Story Ever Told, volume IV”. “… With Bob Scully and Claudette Théorêt”

A commemorative volume of the career and life of hockey legend Jean Beliveau, filled with colour and b/w photographs, on and off the ice, from his early life, through his career with the Montreal Canadiens and beyond. The photos are accompanied by Beliveau quotations, and remembrances from dozens of individuals as diverse as Brian Mulroney and Jean Chrétien; Wayne Gretzky and Guy Lafleur; Sir Richard Branson and Zotique Lesperance. With an introductory letter by the BMO chairman laid into a preliminary page; in a slipcase with the BMO (Bank of Montreal) logo.

A fine, fresh copy in gilt decorated red cloth, with silk marker ribbon; in matching slipcase. Altogether a spectacular production.

14. The Microscope: Its History, Construction, and Application … , by Jabez Hogg

Item Price:  $150

Item Description: London: George Routledge &Co., 1858. Third edition. “… Being a familiar introduction to the use of the instrument and the story of microscopical science”; thoroughly “illustrated with upwards of Five Hundred Engravings”, including fascinating images of microscopes in the text and in ads at rear. First published in 1854 — reaching 15 editions in the author’s lifetime (d.1899) — it is an in depth look at the field; the technology available, the optics behind it, and the results of the possible biological investigations.

Hogg was an ophthalmic surgeon. His work with the microscope led him to understand the connection between contaminated water and disease; as a result, he was one of the first to call for the purification of London’s water supply as a public health imperative. He was also a photographer who wrote one of the first photographic instruction books (1843). A conflict with Henry Fox-Talbot prevented him from using the new photoengraving process, which the latter controlled, for these illustrations, therefore the images herein are woodcuts, a less precise technology.

A very good copy; sunned on spine, and a bit rubbed and lightly soiled overall; gilt nice and bright, but vignette on front rubbed in spots; contents tight; one or two pages with marginal notations; ink ownership inscription on recto of frontispiece.

15. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham [2 volumes]

Item Price: $145

Item Description: New York: The Limited Editions Club. 1938. “With an Introduction by Theodore Dreiser & Sixteen Etchings by John Sloan.” No.1475 of 1500 copies **signed by Sloan.** Publisher’s original green-flecked full linen, with pink stain to lower half of vol. 1 fore edge; lacks slipcase.

Probably the author’s best known (and semi-autobiographical) work. First published in 1915, with several movie adaptations notably, in 1964, with Kim Novak and Laurence Harvey.

New Item #1:  The Pastoral Loves of Daphnis and Chloe, by Longus

Item Price: $75

Item Description: New York: Limited Editions Club, 1934. No.1223 of 1500 copies, **signed by the artist** Ruth Reeves. “Done into English … by George Moore …” Bound in gilt-decorated natural lambskin, with a medallion of the title characters on the front, the whole in a protective slipcase.

A near fine copy; some faint rubbing to edges and joints, with a hint of tearing/loss at head of lightly-sunned spine. Very good slipcase, dusty overall, with minor rubbing at edges and short closed tears at top and bottom of opening.

A tale of abandoned infants taken in by neighbouring herders; raised together, and innocently discovering love, only to be separated by tragic events; then finding each other again to marry and live a country life. Told in four ‘books’, the story has influenced writers, artists, filmmakers, and musicians across time.