Alan Foljambe, Bookseller

I specialize in illustrated books from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Particular interests include early anatomy books, Japanese design, French Modernism, Surrealism, pochoir plates, natural history, fine bindings, and artists’ books.
Please feel free to contact me if you are seeking any material in these areas, or if you have books that you would like to sell.

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1 – Horse Anatomy: Six original copperplate engravings from 1790

Item Price: CAN$180 / US$140​

Item Description: Six original copperplate engravings from the New Royal Encyclopaedia by William Henry Hall, published in London by C. Cooke in 1790. Plate 1 titled “Anatomy of the Horse, representing the Osteology in three Views.” Plates 2 through 6 all titled “Anatomy of the Horse representing the Muscles, Fascias, Ligaments, Nerves, Arteries, Veins and Glands, from Nature.” All plates are 9 1/2” x 15 1/2”. Near fine condition with slight browning around the edges.

2 – The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night [Arabian Nights] – Richard Burton, 1886

Item Price: CAN$380 / US$300

Item Description: 17 volumes, 6 1/2″ x 10″, in tan boards with paper labels affixed to spines. Tissue protected frontispiece engravings in each volume. Bassorah Edition, number 840 of a limited edition of 1,000. Volumes 1 through 10: The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. Volumes 11 through 17: The Supplemental Nights. Some wear and smudging on paper labels, small stains to spines of volumes 13 and 16. All text blocks near new.

3 – Two Original Jacques Barraband Toucan prints from 1806

Item Price: CAN$600 / US$480

Item Description: Plates 15 and 16 from “Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux de Paradis et des Rolliers,” published by Denne le Jeune and Perlet in Paris in 1806. Size 13 1/2” x 20 1/2”, trimmed close to the plate line. Spotting and browning, see photos.

4 – Through the Dragon’s Eyes : Fifty Years’ Experiences of a Foreigner in the Chinese Government Service – Constable, 1931

Item Price: CAN$380 / US$300

Item Description: Through the Dragon’s Eyes
Fifty Years’ Experiences of a Foreigner in the Chinese Government Service
Arlington, L.C.
London: Constable, 1931

Hardcover in blue boards with gilt title to spine. Inscribed by author on half title: “To Mr R. R. Hurner (?) with Compliments of the Author / Picking (?) July 1931.” Illustrated with 24 plates in colour and black and white and one folding map: “General Map of 18 Provinces and Bordering Territory to Illustrate Author’s Travels in China”. A few minor flaws to binding, a few spots to page edges, pages, plates, and fold out map fine.

5 – Botanicals – Two Original Hand-Tinted Besler Engravings from 1613

Item Price: CAN$920 / US$750

Item Description: Two engravings from Basil Besler’s “Hortus Eystettensis,” published by Eichstatt in 1613. 1 – “Tanacetum Inodorum Flore Belli dis Maioris” and two other plants. 2 – Hedysarum Clypeatum Flore Suauiter Rubente” and two other plants. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Each 21 1/4” x 16”. Blank versos; various edge staining and repairs, early ink marginalia.

6 – Dune – Frank Herbert’s Science Fiction Classic – Folio Society 2015

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Item Description: Hardcover in slipcase, 7 1/2″ x 10 1/4″, 553 pages. Twelve colour illustrations by Sam Weber. Silver boards with black and white figure with blue eyes on cover. Maps on endpapers. Please note that the binding is attached to the text block upside down (see photo). Book is in absolutely pristine, as new condition. Slipcase showing some very, very slight rubbing on top and bottom.

7 – Two antique German animal educational charts

Item Price: CAN$250 / US$200​

Item Description: Each chart measures 25 1/2” x 33”. One depicts a llama and a caribou, the other shows two types of mountain goat. Published in Vienna by Carl Gerold, circa. 1890. Probably from a set used for natural history education in schools. Very good + condition.

8 – Medical student photo album from 1905

Item Price: CAN$1200 / US$970​

Item Description: 7 3/4″ x 11″ photo album with brown leather book cover. A total of 92 photographs ranging in size from 1″ x 1″ to 5″ x 7″. Many informal group shots, and a series of images of a large group of medical students posing with skeletons and cadavers. Please email for more info and photos.

9 – Antique Japanese woodcut print by Hiroshige: Maple Trees at Tsuten Kyo Bridge

Item Price: CAN$80 / US$60

Item Description: Red Maple Trees at the Tsuten Bridge (Tsutenkyo no momiji), from the series “Famous Places in Kyoto (Kyoto meisho no uchi)”
Paper size: 7 3/4″ x 10 1/4″ (20 x 26 cm)
Image size: 6 1/2″ x 9″ (16.5 x 23 cm)
Printed on Japanese laid paper.
A beautiful impression of one of Hiroshige’s classic rural scenes. The photo of the reverse of the sheet shows that this is an actual woodblock print, not an offset reproduction (the ink is visible on the back). Date and provenance unknown.
Also available:
Owari, from the series “Famous Places in the Sixty-Odd Provinces”
Paper size: 7 3/4″ x 12″ (20 x 30.5 cm)
Image size: 7 1/4″ x 10 5/8″ (18.5 x 27 cm)
Printed on wove paper
A beautiful impression of one of Hiroshige’s classic rural scenes. An original woodblock print, not a reproduction, although not from the hand of Hiroshige, as can be seen by the seals.
Tipped onto a backing paper along the right edge.
Date and provenance unknown.

10 – Antique French nude photo catalogue – La Beauté VII – circa. 1922

Item Price: CAN$100 / US$80​

Item Description: “La Beauté : Les plus belles photographies d’apres les plus beaux modeles,” Album VII. Paris: Paris Art Editions, c. 1922.
80 photographs numbered 481 to 560. 6″ x 7 1/4″, softcover, 16 pages, each featuring one large photo surrounded by 4 smaller photos of the same model in different poses. This is a sales catalogue used for ordering larger photographic prints. Issue VII of a large series. No date stated, circa. 1922. Spine has been neatly repaired and strengthened with a strip of Japanese paper. Rare.
Also available: La Beauté XI.

11 – Seven antique maps from New Atlas of the Dominion of Canada, circa. 1880

Item Price: CAN$250 / US$200

Item Description: Seven maps from New Atlas of the Dominion of Canada, published by Belden circa. 1880. Each map is 18” x 27”, with one vertical fold at centre as published. A few minor tears and flaws around edges, overall very good condition.
All are county maps: three in Quebec, two in New Brunswick, one in Nova Scotia, and one in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
More photos available.

12 – Late 19th century Japanese shunga pillow book in accordion style

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Item Description: Hand-painted manuscript shunga in a Toba-e Manga style. 36 amusing amatory scenes in ink and watercolor on 41 sheets of laid paper joined, 8×263 inches fully extended; folding down into patterned silk self-wrappers with printed title label, all edges gilt; minor rubbing. Meiji period (1868-1912).

13 – Original 1827 map of Baffin Bay and the West Coast of Greenland

Item Price: CAN$180 / US$150

Item Description: Baie de Baffin from “Atlas universel de geographie physique, politique, statistique et mineralogique.” Brussels: Philippe Vandermaelen, 1827. Black and white lithograph with shoreline hand-tinted in light green. This atlas was published in six volumes at uniform scales, with the maps designed to be assembled into a large globe. 21” x 27 1/2” with one fold at the centre as published, fine condition.

14 – Rare U of T ephemera: University of King’s College, Toronto, Upper Canada. Proceedings at the Ceremony of Laying the Foundation Stone, April 23, 1842; and at the Opening of the University, June 8, 1843.

Item Price: CAN$250 / US$200

Item Description: 9 3/4″ x 6″ hardcover in patterned fabric with black leather spine and corners, gilt title to upper board. Signed at top of title page: “Tempora mutantur / W. Mulock / Chancellor of the University of Toronto / 20.)ct.1927.” Signed on ffep: “Robt. A. Falconer / President, University of Toronto ; Nov 19 1927 // H. J. Cody / Chairman of the Board of Governors / University of Toronto / Feb. 8th 1928 // Maurice Hutton / Principal of University College / March 8th 1928 // George S. Brett / Professor of Philosophy / 23 April 1930 // J Burgon Bickersteth / Warden of Hart House / 25.April.1930.” 86 pages + xviii page appendix. Bookplate of William Ralph Howard to front pastedown, light wear to exterior hinges. The top half of page 9/10 was torn away and repaired with archival tape, now showing creases and tear but complete with no loss. Remainder of text block fine. Rare.

15 – Catane Ou Catania, Ville de la Sicile – Original c. 1704 bird’s eye view of Catania and Mt. Etna, Italy

Item Price: CAN$350 / US$280

Item Description:Amsterdam: Pierre Mortier, c. 1704. First published in the “Theatrum Civitatum et Admirandorum Italiae”, by Johannes Blaeu in Amsterdam in 1663. Pierre Mortier published a reprint in 1704/5, entitled “Nouveau Theater de l’Italy.” The work is in four volumes and includes the Blaeu plates, retouched and modified, and with the addition of numerous new maps by Mortier depicting the cities of northern Italy. Mortier’s atlas was published with Latin, French and Dutch text. Maps from Mortier’s edition are easily identified because they have no text on the back. Black and white copper engraving, uncoloured. Plate size: 16 1/2” x 20 5/8”. Paper size: 20 3/8” x 25”. A few small tears around edges, not affecting image, darkening to paper at both sides. Otherwise near fine. One central fold, as published, which has been repaired and reinforced with Japanese paper applied to the back.

16 – Nine books by Canadian author and artist Ernest Thompson Seton

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Item Description: 1 – Rolf in the Woods – NY: Grosset and Dunlap, no date stated.
2 – Wild Animals at Home – NY: Doubleday, Page, 1913.
3 – Wild Animal Ways – London / NY / Toronto: Hodder & Stoughton, preface dated 1916.
4 – The Book of Woodcraft – Garden City Publishing, 1921.
5 – Lives of the Hunted – Toronto: Morang, 1901, stated first impression October 12 1901.
6 – The Biography of a Silver-Fox – Toronto: Copp, Clark, 1909, stated first impression April 1909.
7 – Monarch the Big Bear – Toronto: Morang, 1904, stated first impression October 3 1904.
8 – The Biography of a Grizzly – London: Hodder & Stoughton, no date stated.
9 – The Trail of the Sandhill Stag – London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1899.
Scattered minor flaws, overall very good or better condition. Please email for specifics.

17 – Antique hand-tinted map of Wales, 1831

Item Price: CAN$320 / US$260

Item Description: Map of the South East Circuit of the Principality of Wales Comprising the Counties of Glamorgan, Brecon & Radnor, from an Actual Survey made in the years 1826 & 1827, by C. & J. Greenwood, published by the Proprietors. Greenwood & Co. 13 Regent Street, Pall Mall, London. Corrected to the present period and published January 26, 1831. Engraved by Josiah Neele, 352 Strand.
Hand-tinted copperplate engraving, 25 1/2” x 30 3/4”. Elaborate cartouche and image of Llandaff Cathedral. Some small edge tears, some transfer across central fold. Overall very good.

18 – Under the Studio Light – Scarce memoir of Canadian portrait painter J.W.L. Forster – Macmillan 1928

Item Price: CAN$100 / US$80​

Item Description: Under the Studio Light: Leaves from a Portrait Painter’s Sketch Book
By J.W.L. Forster
Toronto: Macmillan, 1928
First Edition
Hardcover, 6″ x 9″, 244 pages. Eight black and white illustrations. Spots and wear to boards, new endpapers, damp stain and corner damage to frontispiece. Text block near fine.
A scarce memoir by John Wycliffe Lowes Forster (1850-1938), a well-known Canadian portrait painter.

19 – Chart of the Northern Passage Between Asia & America – Thomson’s 1816

Item Price: CAN$300 / US$240

Item Description: Original map from Thomson’s New General Atlas, published in 1816. 20 7/8” x 27 3/8”. Backed with repair paper, some small tears around edges not affecting image, some darkening. Overall very good.

20 – Sporting Architecture by George Tattersall – Ackermann, 1841

Item Price: CAN$250 / US$200​

Item description: Sporting Architecture
by George Tattersall
London: R. Ackermann, 1841

First edition in original boards with gilt image and title to upper board. Hardcover, 11″ x 9″, 97 pages, illustrated in black and white. Rebound with new endpapers, black leather spine with gilt title.

Illustrated with 43 plates and in-text illustrations. Title page and several plates showing some wear around the edges. All plates are present. A partial page from a Bible lesson encased in wax paper has been bound into the book following page 38. (?) Some wear to corners and edges of boards, some wear to edges of pages. With the exception of the edges, pages are clean and bright. No foxing, no writing, not ex-library. A very collectible book with a somewhat strange provenance involving an absent-minded religious bookbinder. Scarce.

George Tattersall (1817-1849) was an English sporting artist and architect. He showed skill as an architect by building various stables and kennels, including the Tattersall stud stables at Willesden. His experience in this and similar undertakings led him to publish Sporting Architecture in 1841.

21 – Four Italian architectural engravings from 1795 – Nuova Raccolta by Domenico Pronti

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Item Description: Four copperplate engravings, each comprising two architectural scenes. Matted and backed, ready to frame. Matt exterior dimension: 8 1/2″ x 11″. Plate line: 4 3/4″ x 6 1/2″. From the book “Nuova Raccolta Di 100 Vedutine Antiche Della Citta Di Roma E Sue Vicinanze” by Domenico Pronti. Published by Presso Il Sud in 1795. Fine condition.

22 – Views in India, China, and on the Shores of the Red Sea by Emma Roberts – Fisher, 1835

Item Price: CAN$250 / US$200​

Item Description: London: Fisher, 1835.
Illustrated by Prout, Stanfield, Cattermole, Purser, Cox, Austen, &c.
Hardcover, Two volumes bound as one, 11″ x 9″, Vol. I: 68 pages of text, 32 black and white plates, colour frontispiece, engraved title page. Vol. II: 64 pages of text, 28 black and white plates, black and white frontispiece, engraved title page. Total 64 plates including frontispieces and title pages. Significant toning to frontispiece, title page, and many though not all other pages. Wear and aging to exterior. Spine rebound in black leather with original gilt decorated spine strip laid on. Endbands replaced with new handstitched endbands. Retains original endpapers which have been repaired at gutter with black paper.

23 – Four decorative chromolithographs from L’Ornement Polychrome, 1875

Item Price: CAN$80 / US$65

Item Description: Four brightly coloured chromolithographs depicting decorative motifs of the Middle Ages. From “L’Ornement Polychrome” by Auguste Racinet, published in Paris by Firmin-Didot, circa. 1875.
Each print is 11″ x 14″, accompanied by explanatory text page in French. Fine condition.

24 – Columbia Marches On 1934-1935 – Rare promotional book

Item Price: CAN$590 / US$475​

Item Description: Pictorial hardcover in gold boards with elaborate decoration in black, 11 1/4″ x 14 1/4″. 88 pages of brightly coloured movie promotionals. A treasure trove of mid-twentieth century graphic design. Movie ads include Eight Bells, One Night of Love, That’s Gratitude, $25 An Hour, A Feather in Her Hat, Carnival, Lady Beware!, Lady of New York, Murder Island, Spring 3100, The Girlfriend, The Depths Below, Breakfast for Two, Sure Fire, Party Wire, Maid of Honor, Man Proof, Mistaken Identity, I Confess, Once A Gentleman, The Black Room Mystery, The Mills of the Gods, Unknown Woman, Private Property, White Lies, Krazy Kat, Life’s Last Laughs, World of Sports, Laughing With Medbury, and more. Celebrity promotionals include Claudette Colbert, Grace Moore, Edmund Lowe, Jack Holt, Myrna Loy, Edward G. Robinson, Frank Capra, Tim McCoy, and more. Wear and chipping around edges of boards. Front and back free endpapers either missing or the book was manufactured without them. A few minor corner creases to several pages, otherwise entire text block is in near new condition. More photos available. Scarce.

25 – Four colour wood engravings from “British Fresh Water Fishes”, 1879

Item Price: CAN$100 / US$80​

Item Description: London: William Mackenzie, 1879
Author: Rev. W. Houghton
Artist: Alexander Francis Lydon
Printer: Benjamin Fawcett
Each print is 10 3/4″ x 14 3/4″, in fine condition.
1 – Crucian Carp / Prussian Carp
2 – Allis Shad / Twaite Shad
3 – Azurine / Dobule / Rudd
4 – Graining / Dace

“Renowned color-plate study of British fresh water fish in two volumes. The 41 exceptional color plates generally show one, two, or a few fish lying on the banks of their natural habitat or superimposed over a landscape view. Sometimes they are depicted naturalistically, swimming in an underwater setting.
For this work, Houghton studied the specimens in the collection of the British Museum. British Fresh-Water Fishes was originally printed in two volumes in 1879, and was notable for its incorporation of the naturalistic backgrounds of the fish habitats. The fact that this work has been reprinted in subsequent editions from the 19th century through the 1980s attests to the quality and interest of the descriptions and illustrations, even though taxonomists have since revised some of the classifications.
Benjamin Fawcett was a printer in Diffield, Yorkshire, England, noted for his mastery of color woodblock printing. Alexander Francis Lydon was a painter and draftsman who began as Fawcett’s apprentice and became his frequent collaborator. Together they produced the plates for many illustrated natural history and topographic works, including a number of works by Francis Orpen Morris, such as A History of British Birds (1851-1857) and Picturesque Views of Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland (1880). They also contributed illustrations to natural history books by other authors, such as William Thomas Greene’s three volume Parrots in Captivity (1882-1887).

26 – Histoire Naturelle by Max Ernst and Jean Arp – Abrams, 1972

Item Price: CAN$350 / US$280​

Item Description: New York: Abrams, 1972
Limited Edition, number A135 from a limited English edition of 400.
Thirty four black and white plates by Max Ernst and introduction by Jean Arp, unbound as published, housed in clamshell case. 13 1/2″ x 20 1/2″. Very slight fraying at corners of box, interior as new. Scarce. More photos available.

27 – Four hand-coloured plates from “The Costume of Turkey”, 1802

Item Price: CAN$120 / US$100

Item Description: Four hand-coloured plates from The Costume of Turkey Illustrated by a Series of Engravings By Octavien Dalvimart
London: William Miller, 1802

Each print is 10″ x 13 7/8″, accompanied by a text page in English and French.
Some scattered spotting and smudging, overall very good condition.
Plate I. The Kislar Aga, or First Black Eunuch of the Seraglio.
Plate IV. A Turkish Woman in a Provincial Dress.
Plate VII. A Musician Belonging to the Grand Signior.
Plate IX. A Turk in His Chall, or Shawl.

28 – Saul Raskin Hebraica – Allied Arts Guild, 1953

Item Price: CAN$180 / US$140​

Item Description: Paris: Near Fine, signed by Author. Portfolio with 20 unbound plates (as published), + cover plate = 21 plates. 15″ x 11 1/2″. An exceedingly rare book. Signed on cover at upper right: “No 232 Saul Raskin 1953 With very best Wishes” The portfolio showing very heavy wear with some loss to one of the tabs. All plates in near new condition.

29 – Four ornithology lithographs – Studer, 1878

Item Price: CAN$60 / US$50

Item Description: Four original chromolithographs from Studer’s Popular Ornithology: The Birds of North America. Columbus, Ohio: Jacob H. Studer, 1878.
Each print is 10 3/4″ x 13 3/4″, in fine condition.

30 – Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality by R. Gordon Wasson – Harcourt 1968 first edition

Item Price: CAN$600 / US$500​

Item Description: New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1968. First edition, hardcover in blue cloth with dust jacket. 7″ x 10″. Illustrated with 22 pates, 10 in-text illustrations, and 4 charts and maps. Book as new, dust jacket slightly yellowed with vertical crease and light edge wear to spine. Very scarce in this condition.

New Item #1  Instantanes de Paris – photography by Robert Doisneau

Item Price: CAD$120 / US$100

Item Description:

Paris: Arthaud, 1955.
In yellow boards with black titles. Dust jacket showing light wear, in protective clear acetate jacket. Extensively illustrated with Doisneau’s characteristic black and white scenes of Paris. Unpaginated, 148 photographs.

New Item #2  Serge de Diaghileff’s Ballet Russe Souvenir. With Originals by Leon Bakst and Others

Item Price: CAD$120 / US$100

Item Description:

New York: Metropolitan Ballet, 1916
Original 1916 souvenir opera program. Twenty three illustrations, including 13 gorgeous colour plates by Léon Bakst and nine photographs of the performers. The pages have been repaired in various small spots, mostly along the spine, with unobtrusive archival tape. The softcover wraps have been replaced with a new black folder with the original decorative front cover applied to the new folder.

New Item #3   5 Reliquaires / 5 Reliquaries – Cozette de Charmoy

Item Price: CAD$400 / US$320

Item Description:

London: Coriander Studio, 1976
Unbound portfolio containing title page, text page, and five pencil signed and numbered silkscreens, each in an acetate folder. Number 27 of a limited edition of 70. Rare. 1. un japonais en Europe; 2. assomption de Fuji; 3. un été à Messina; 4. jeux; 5. l’année philatélique du nez. Cozette de Charmoy (born 1939) is a British / Canadian artist and poet. A few light creases to folder, all prints as new.

New Item #4  Captain Beefheart – Stand Up to be Discontinued : Die Malerei von Don van Vliet / The Art of Don van Vliet


Item Price: CAD$400 / US$320

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Germany: Cantz, 1993
“Casebound edition with a compact disc of texts and poems by Don van Vliet published in an edition of 1500 copies.” Text in German and English. CD features six audio readings by van Vliet.