Wilfrid M. de Freitas – Bookseller

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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Westmount, Quebec H3Z 2T2

1. The Autobiography of A. Y. Jackson [signed]

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Item Description: Toronto: Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited. 1958. #358 of 1000 copies signed by the artist/author. A fine copy in the original 1/2 burgundy morocco leather and red cloth, titled in gilt on spine. Original slipcase (a trifle rubbed at corners and edges) with colour reproduction of painting on front panel and a 2 cm. closed split on spine. A lavish production, with twelve tipped-in colour plates.
Jackson was founding member of the Group of Seven, formerly known as the Algonquin School.

2.  Eight engraved Italian views, in four frames

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Item Description: Six views of Rome, one of Florence, and one of Cora (near Rome) mounted in four frames, two to a frame (each image about 5” x 3.5”, and each frame about 9.5” x 13”). All the images are of ancient or medieval sites, some partially in picturesque ruins; views include Trajan’s Column, the Farnese Palace, the Ponte Lamentato (with small faint margin spot), the Temple of Hercules at Cora, etc. — see the photos for details.

The captions under the images and the artistic styles differ slightly, so they were probably from two different sources, but they match together very nicely. They were professionally framed to match, two with the framer’s label still on the rear (two removed). The frames themselves have a little rubbing and a some surface chips; occasional tears to the backing paper. They are most attractive pieces, the engravings themselves are near fine to fine.

3. Three Beatrix Potter Pop-Up Books

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Item Description: Three first edition pop-up books based on the beloved Beatrix Potter stories:
The Peter Rabbit Pop-up Book (London: Frederick Warne, 1983); The Jemima Puddle-Duck Pop-up Book (London: Frederick Warne, 1985); and The Two Bad Mice Pop-up Book (London: Frederick Warne, 1986)

Each contains the full text if the original story on six double-spread pages, with pop-up/moveable illustrations, all in perfect working order, based on Beatrix Potter’s drawings, charmingly reworked and engineered to make the movements.

Standing almost 11” tall, these *are not* the smaller, slightly later, reprint versions. They are fine copies, toning just a bit around the edges (common with coated bords like these) and with a hint of dusting.

4. A Tour to Quebec, in the Autumn of 1819, by Benjamin Silliman

​Item Price: $250

Item Description: London: Printed for Sir Richard Phillips and Co, 1822; first English edition. With four illustrations, two images on each of two leaves; usually b/w, they are **hand-couloured** herein. A very good copy, plainly disbound from a volume (see ‘New Voyages’ note below); outer leaves tanned, some others edge-foxed; coloured plates fresh, though second is a little dusty or spotted; final leaf corner creased with a few short tears at edges.

Originally published under a slightly different title (‘Remarks made on a short tour …’) in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1820, this was printed, either as part of Sir Richard Phillips ‘New Voyages and Travels …’, a multi-volume collection “consisting of originals and translations” of published travel accounts, or as an individual pamphlet that was bound with others at one time. There are some small edits or slight abridgements to the text when compared to the 1820 edition, and there were also more images in the 1820 New Haven version, but only four here; **this is complete, as issued.**

On this trip — taken, as the author says, for “Relaxation and health, and the gratification of a reasonable curiosity” — two friends started in mid-September from Hartford, traveled up the New York side of Lake Champlain to Montreal, along the St. Lawrence River to Quebec, back to Montreal, then down through Vermont and New Hampshire, to home. “This journey was performed in slow and easy stages, and the volume abounds in pleasant descriptions of the different towns through which he travelled, with historical reminiscences and notes of geological formations.” (Cf. A. Caswell’s 1866 Memoir of Benjamin Silliman, Sr.)

In that Silliman was Yale University’s first science professor (Chemistry and Natural History), it should not be surprising that he noted the geology of the areas he passed through; geology and mineralogy were, after all, his special fields of interest. His lectures, both undergraduate and in the medical college, helped begin the tradtion of including the sciences as part of a broader, liberal arts education in America.

5. James Wilson Morrice. A Biography by Donald W. Buchanan

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Item Description: Toronto: The Ryerson Press. 1936. First edition. A fine copy in the original light brown cloth, titled and decorated in gilt on front cover and spine; hint of sunning to edges and spine tips. **In the scarce pictorial dust jacket,** chipped and worn at edges and folds, and with some old tape reinforcements on the inside. Tissue-guarded frontispiece of Morrice (photograph by Sydney Carter, Montreal) plus 23 b/w plates and 1 in colour. Armorial bookplate of E. A. Sherrard.
Note: owing to its fragility, the dust jacket is photographed in an archival sleeve, causing some distorting reflection; please disregard this.

6.  The Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas, signed by editor François-Marc Gagnon

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Item Description: Tulsa: Gilcrease Museum; Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2011; first edition. Edited with an introductory essay by François-Marc Gagnon, this copy has a **signed presentation inscription by Gagnon** on the front free endpaper. A fine copy, with a tiny ‘ding’ to the lower edge.

Louis Nicloas, a French Jesuit priest and missionary in New France between 1664 and 1675, left behind two priceless documents. This book combines them into a stunning whole, of interest to artist, anthropologists, historian and scientists alike. It presents the Codex’s “180 illustrations and descriptions of [the] people, flora, and fauna in New France during the seventeenth century”, followed by Nicolas’s text ‘Histoire Naturelle des Indes Occidentales’ (‘The Natural History if the New World’) in modernized French and English translations.

The illustration pages are filled with wonderful drawings, accompanied by identifying annotations, of native peoples, rabbits, turkeys, sturgeons, cedars, whales, unicorns (yes), mice, oxen, French settlers, and so much more. Most are ink, but a few have red wash highlights. They are amazingly detailed.

The original Codex is in the Gilcrease Museum of Tulsa, Oklahoma, a collection which documents the earliest history of the New World through artwork, artifacts, manuscripts and early printed items, amassed by Thomas Gilcrease, oilman, philanthropist and member of the Muskogee Nation, over a lifetime. He acquired the volume in 1949; there is little earlier provenance other than a stamp indicating it had been in the library of Louis XIV, and a rare facsimile produced in 1930, but with no ownership notation. The Histoire Naturelle is owned by Bibliothèque nationale de France, and has been of interest to scholars for years.

7.  D’Oyly Carte Opera Company poster for Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard

Item Price: $135

Item Description:  A near fine poster, fresh and sharp, 20” x 30” (51 x 76 cm), ca. 1920; center fold; one corner shallowly creased (see second image); margins just a touch dusty. Designed by Dudley Hardy for an 1897 D’Oyly Carte revival of Yeomen, it was later modified slightly for this production poster. Used by the D’Oyly Carte for years, the striking image of the elusive headsman — a non-speaking character who only appears at the end of Act I, but looms in the figurative background throughout the opera — is based on the original company costume.

Dudley Hardy’s bold graphics and bright colours were perfectly suited for advertising, illustrations and posters, including his Gaiety Girl series and at least four posters done for this Company.

The Yeomen of the Guard, set in the Tower of London in the 16th century is filled with wonderful characters and plot twists, and has some of Gilberts best lyrics and Sullivan’s best music.

8.  Around the World, by Lydia Leavitt

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Item Description: Toronto: James Murray & Co., [n.d., ca.1887-90]. First edition. Illustrated with portrait frontispiece and fifteen Australian views, mostly of Melbourne. Original gilt and black decorated red cloth, now lightly soiled overall, and sunned on spine; all edges gilt; hinges cracking yet strong; some leaves beginning to extend at fore-edge, none detached. A very good copy of a very scarce piece (not in TPL, Gagnon or Watters).

A 102 page record of the author’s travels from Toronto to and around Australia (Part I), and from Australia to London (Part II), undertaken in the mid-1880s. The majority centers on Australia, though there are chapters on San Francisco, Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand, Ceylon, Egypt and Jerusalem, Italy (including Pompeii) and London.

Little is known of Lydia Brown Leavitt. She was a native of Leeds, Ontario; was the author of three books, this being the last; married fellow writer Thaddeus W.H. Leavitt; and died ca. 1905.

9.  Your Psychic Powers and How to Develop Them, by Hereward Carrington

Item Price: $60

Item Description: New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1920. First edition. A near fine copy, with just a hint of marking to covers, a touch of rubbing, and the slightest dulling to spine gilt; pencilled name on ffep; minor “thumbing” to page edges.

Aimed at “Every student of ‘psychics’ … [who] desires to know how to develop his own powers and faculties …” This book guides the reader to hone her/his innate skills in different directions — we include a photo of part of the table of contents to give you an idea of how wide-ranging the book is.

Carrington was well known as a sceptical investigator who exposed many fraudulent psychics and mediums, but also as someone who accepted that the paranormal world is real and that there are those people with genuine psychic talents.


10. The Later Work of Aubrey Beardsley

Item Price: $200

Item Description:  London & New York: John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd / Dodd, Mead and Company. 1930. Fourth printing. A fine copy in dust jacket. Contains 174 full page b/w plates, many hitherto unpublished. Original decorated striking teal cloth with 3 mm. faded strip at tail of spine. Jacket chipped at head of spine, less so at tail. Bookseller’s label of Henry Sotheran Ltd., London, inside front cover

Laid in is an elaborate but unrelated 4 pp. publisher’s prospectus from the De La More Press, London.

11. Domestic Floriculture, Window Gardening and Floral Decorations …,

by F. W. Burbidge

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Item Description: London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1874. First edition. “… Being practical directions for the propagation, culture, and arrangement of plants and flowers as domestic ornaments … with 200 illustrations on wood.” A very good copy, with gilt and black decorations still quite sharp and bright; some rubbing to covers, especially at extremities; a hint of fraying at top of spine; mark (damp?) at lower edge of rear cover (no other effect). Endpapers cracking, yet firm; dated ink notation on title page; contents clean and tight.

Wonderfully illustrated with detailed in-text woodcuts throughout, this work demonstrates how to cultivate plants, to arrange and combine them in decorative ways, and to incorporate them into the home’s decor. It has been described as one of the best books of its kind.

The author, Frederick William Burbidge, worked for some time at Kew Gardens, wrote for a major gardening magazine, explored parts of Southeast Asia in search of rare plants, became Curator of the gardens of Trinity College, Dublin, and wrote a number of interesting gardening books.

12. [Two titles] Dana S. Lamb. On Trout Streams and Salmon Rivers [with] Wood-Smoke and Water Cress

Item Price: $150

Item Description: Barre Publishers: Barre, Vermont. 1963 & 1965. Two volumes.

Trout streams: a fine copy in the original green cloth and glassine wrapper, in slipcase. Gilt lettering and decoration (fly); top edge gilt. Edition limited to 1500 copies. No need for further comment; the title says it all.

Wood-Smoke: #182 of 200 copies (from a total edition of 1500). A fine copy bound by hand in half-leather and signed by the author. In original glassine wrapper and slipcase; top edge gilt. A wide-ranging collection of essays, with fishing as their common theme.

13. Manual of Seamanship, Vol. I, “By Authority of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty”

Item Price: $95

Item Description: London: printed under the authority of His Majesty’s Stationery Office by Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1915. “1908. (Revised and Reprinted 1915.)” [i.e. second edition thus*]. Profusely illustrated with in-text and full page plates (43 in colour) throughout, including  four folding, and one moveable. A fine, bright copy, with the slightest hint of rubbing at corners.

* First published in this format in 1908, the Admiralty revised it in 1915, at the dawn of World War I. Still, it includes a surprising amount of information from the age of sail, as well as everything a young sailor would need to know in the age of battleships.

Replacing the 19th century ‘Manual of seamanship: for boys’ training ships of the Royal Navy’, this title was first published as the first of two volumes in 1908. “Volume I. Comprises information in the elements of Modern Seamanship as is necessary for the instruction of Naval Cadets, Boys and Youths in the Harbour Training Establishments …”, and is complete in itself. (Vol. II provided further information for sublieutenants, midshipmen, etc.). It includes information on everything: how to hang a hammock and pack your kit; the naval flags of Britain and the world; semaphore, lamp and Morse code signaling; ropes, hitches, ties and splices; mariner’s compasses; stowing an anchor; lifesaving; and much more. It even has a two-flap moveable plate describing the design of the Union Jack.

14. [Cover title] Journal of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales’ Visit to America. 1860

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Item Description: London: Privately printed (Chiswick Press). 1860. Full title: “Journal of the progress of H. R. H. The Prince of Wales through British North America; and His Visit To The United States, 10th July to 15th November, 1860.” By Gardner D. Engleheart. A very good copy in the original pebble-grained blind-stamped blue cloth, titled in gilt on front cover. Rear joint neatly repaired, 5 mm. loss of surface cloth at head of spine, corners bumped. Tissue-guarded frontispiece, 22 in-text engravings, 8 tinted lithographs (including a folding panoramic view of Montreal) and 2 coloured folding maps. Old tape repair to one page; old glue stains and repair to verso of folding panorama.
A day by day account of everything that was seen, done and experienced during the trip, including the visit to Montreal where the Prince laid the last stone and officially inaugurated the Victoria Bridge. Also the visit to Niagara Falls, a trip in the “Maid of the Mist” and watching Blondin crossing the falls on a tightrope.
The author was Private Secretary to the Duke of Newcastle.

15. Homage to Marc Chagall. With an **original Chagall lithograph**

Item Price: $85

Item Description: New York: Tudor Publishing, [n.d., 1969]. First edition, edited by G. Di San Lazzaro; produced simultaneously in English and French. A fine, bright copy; in near fine hot-pink dust jacket (also issued in a different blue jacket), with a couple small closed edge tears, and a touch of sunning to spine.

This book contains **an original Chagall lithograph** created especially for this book, produced as a special issue of XXe Siècle . A series of poems in homage to Marc Chagall, a dozen essays covering his art (paintings, sculptures, stained glass, lithographs, drawings and ceramics) by noted critics and scholars, and a few remarks by Chagall himself, are beautifully paired with numerous colour and b/w photographs of his artwork

“In a unique combination of surrealism, expressive color, fragments of memory, a dream imagination, and a love for the decorative and theatrical, Marc Chagall has created a rich, complex lyrical world of surpassing beauty. Here, in scores of reproductions, many in full color, is a far-ranging exploration by major critics of his more than sixty years of creative work.” (cf. dust jacket)

New Item 1: Lord Randolph Churchill, by Winston S. Churchill

Item Price: $325

Item Description: New York, The Macmillan Company, January 1906. First US edition; 2 volumes.

A near fine copy of Winston Spencer Churchill’s biography of his father. Publisher’s original burgundy red cloth, with gilt lettering and heraldic shield on front cover, a trifle dulled on spine. Joints and spine ends a bit rubbed; a few light patches to front cover of v.1. Armorial bookplates; top edges gilt. Discreet Toronto bookseller’s stamp at bottom of ffep. Tissue guarded frontispieces (of Lord Randolph) in each volume. Laid in is a 4 pp. publisher’s leaflet advertising their latest books, and a thin clipped strip from a bookseller’s catalogue listing this title (old tape marks).

Although preceded by the UK edition (in the same month), this US edition is in some ways a superior production: the covers are in a heavier quality vertical ribbed red cloth, and the top edges are gilded. Cohen A17.2

New Item 2: Adventure Stories for Girls

Item Price: $45

Item Description: London: Dean & Son, Ltd. n.d. [ca 1930s (per WorldCat)]. A near fine copy in the original full colour pictorial boards, with cloth spine **in the matching dust jacket**. Contains fifteen stories, some illustrated with line drawings, plus 4 full page colour plates. Cheaply produced and printed on poor quality paper (now age-toned), such books are usually found only in poor condition. Apart from a short gutter tear on one page and a cracked rear hinge, this survival also retains its dust jacket which has a few old tape reinforcements on the inside.

New Item 3: Beddoe’s Canadian Heraldry, by Lt. Cdr. Alan Beddoe

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Item Description: Belleville, Ontario: Mika Publishing, 1981. First edition; “This Collector’s Edition is limited to 1000 copies … No. 94”. Profusely illustrated with hundreds of armorial examples, many in full colour, including those of Canada and her provinces; most prepared by the author, a noted heraldic artist.

This posthumous work, prepared from Beddoe’s “huge manuscript” by Strome Galloway, was “Published under the auspices of The Heraldry Society of Canada …” it covers the whole range of the subject, starting with its European roots, touching on governmental, institutional and personal heraldry, with a chapter on flags and badges.

Alan Beddoe was Canada’s chief heraldic expert, and is remembered for reworking the Canadian arms; designing, sketching or painting a number of provincial arms; overseeing the illumination and calligraphy of the national Books of Remembrance for both World Wars, and being the chief artistic advisor during the 1964 search for a new national flag.