Alan Foljambe, Bookseller

Alan Foljambe, Bookseller specializes in illustrated books from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. I am particularly interested in purchasing Japanese material, early 20th century French culture, 18th century anatomy books, counter-culture material, natural history, and fine bindings. I also purchase and use letterpress and bookbinding tools and equipment. For the duration of the pandemic, I participate in virtual shows internationally. I am looking forward to a return to live book fairs in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and beyond.

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1 – Illustrated French book set in Algiers – Moussa, le Petit Noir by Marcelle Marty (Paris: G. Cres, 1925)

Item Price: CAN$500 / USD$400​

Item Description: Albert Marquet, illustrator. “Illustre de vingt-trois dessins et aquarelles de A. Marquet.” Hardcover in patterned leather, decorative endpapers, 8″ x 10″, 94 pages. No. 311 from a limited edition of 350. Bookplate of Beatrix Reynal on front pastedown. Stamp of Moun Oustao and Beatrix Reynal on half-title. Rebacked and leading edge leather replaced with original leather laid down. Wrinkling and aging to endpapers, browning to page edges, pages and plates fine.
23 illustrations and figures, including five in colour, by Albert Marquet and printed by Jean Saudé. This is the second volume of the “Collection of Arts” series issued by René Gas. The story centers on a Black child who discovers the city of Algiers.

2 – Modernistic Lettering – art deco graphic design collection

Item Price: CAN$320 / USD$250

Item Description: 48 plates, some color, loose as issued in decorative paper folder. 25×17.5 cm (9¾x6¾”). Striking Art Deco-inspired typography and design, with an undoubted eye towards advertising. OCLC locates only seven copies. Folder has been reconstructed with partially new materials, retaining front panel and contents list; plates with some damp staining at corners; good to very good. Frederick J. Drake & Co., Chicago, 1929. portfolio. Condition: Very Good.

3 – A Comprehensive Concordance to The Faerie Queene 1590 – Kenyusha 1990

Item Price: CAN$200 / USD$160

Item Description: A scarce necessity for hard core Spenser fans. Hardcover in slipcase, 10 1/2″ x 14 3/4″, [xii], 1215 pages. ISBN4-905888-03-4C3097. Edited by Hiroshi Yamashita, Masatsugu Matsuo, Toshiyuki Suzuki, Haruo Sato. Published in Tokyo by Kenyusha in 1990. Book has several stains on the spine strip but is otherwise as new, slipcase showing some wear and dings and a few small areas of splitting along corners. Rare – no copies on OCLC.

4 – Facsimile Editions from the Osborne Collection of Early English Children’s Books – 46 Volumes

Item Price: CAN$600 / US$480

Item Description: All books as new, most in cardboard slipcases. 41 facsimile volumes and 5 volumes about the collection:
1 – A Book of Nonsense; 2 – Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls; 3 – Alphabet of Old Friends; 4 – A Mournful Ditty of the Death of Fair Rosamond; 5 – A New Years Gift for Little Masters and Misses; 6 – A Visit to the Bazaar; 7 – Babes in the Wood; 8 – Baby’s Own Aesop; 9 – Birth-Day Gift; 10 – Butterfly’s Ball and the Grasshopper Feast; 11 – Celebrated Nanny Goose / Prince Renardo and the Lady Goosiana; 12 – Cinderella; 13 – Death and Burial of Cock Robin; 14 – Diamonds and Toads; 15 – Diverting History of John Gilpin; 16 – Dog’s Dinner Party; 17 – Gallant History of Bevis of Southampton; 18 – Goody Two-Shoes; 19 – Healthful Sports for Young Ladies; 20 – Hop-o’-My-Thumb and the Seven-League Boots; 21 – In Fairy Land; 22 – Jack and Jill, and Old Dame Gill; 23 – Kate Greenaway’s Calendar 1884; 24 – Mansion of Bliss; 25 – Mother Shipton; 26 – Moving Adventures of Old Dame Trot and Her Comical Cat; 27 – New Picture Book; 28 – Nursery “Alice”; 29 – Ocean and Its Inhabitants; 30 – Old Nurse’s Book of Rhymes, Jingles and Ditties; 31 – Orbis Sensualium Pictus; 32 – Paths of Life; 33 – Peacock “At Home”; 34 – Puss in Boots; 35 – Scripture Histories; 36 – Sing-Song; 37 – Story of Lionbruno; 38 – Sweet and Pleasant History of Patient Grissel; 39 – Traditional Faery Tales; 40 – Under the Window; 41 – Valentine and Orson; 42 – A Descriptive Companion, English Illustrated Books for Children; 43 – A Token for Friends: A Memoir of Edgar Osborne; 44 – Friends of the Osborne and Lillian H. Smith Collections Occasional Papers Series Number Two; 45 – Helen E. Stubbs Memorial Lectures Number 12; 46 – Juvenile Review Containing Remarks on Books for Children.

5 – Two Hand-Tinted Lithographs from Sketches of the Canadas (1839): Huron Indian prints

Item Price: CAN$900 / USD$720

Item Description: “Zity, A Huron Indian” and “Indians of Lorethe”; two plates from Sketches in the Canadas by John Richard Coke Smyth (1808-1882). Published in 1839. Paper size: 14 1/2” x 21 1/4”. Image size: 10 5/8” x 14 5/8”. Browning around edges of images, wear around edges of paper, not affecting images. Sketches in the Canadas was re-published by Musson in 1968, but the first edition is nearly unobtainable. OCLC lists one copy, at the British Library. More images can be emailed on request. Matts and frames are available; these prints can be sold and shipped with or without them at the same cost.

6 – Jean and Jeannette by Théophile Gautier – illustrated, one of 20 copies

Item Price: CAN$800 / USD$640

Item Description: An unusual example of fine late nineteenth century French printing and bookbinding. “Édition de Deux Mondes, Limited to Twenty Copies, of which Nine Copies are for America. Letter [?]”

Hardcover in green leather with elaborate floral decoration incorporating a large fleur-de-lis surrounded by a lily pattern in gilt, white, red, and purple. Doublures feature a red leather ground surrounded by a gilt lily pattern, the front doublure including a small female figure in a white oval.

8 1/8” x 10 5/8”, spine with four raised bands, cloth and marbled endpapers. Paris: Société des Beaux Arts, no date stated but preface dated 1894. xli page preface, text pages numbered from 43 to 249. Text in English.

25 finely engraved illustrations, each in three states, one full colour, one black and white, and one in-text monochrome in red, green, blue, or purple.

Exterior hinges heavily worn, interior gutters also worn but somewhat less so. Remainder of the book is fine.

Further images are available.

7 – Atlas of the Counties of Hastings and Prince Edward, Ontario – Belden, 1878

Item Price: CAN$750.00 / US$590.00

Item Description: In original boards, 15” x 18”. Wear to spine and corners, creasing, wear, and damage to endpapers and title page. All maps very good or better.
Map of the County of Hastings, Map of Sidney Township, Map of Thurlow Township, Map of Tyendinaga Township, Map of Rawdon Township, Village of Mill Point, Map of Huntington Township, Map of Belleville Hastings Co. , Plan of Trenton Hastings Co., Map of Hungerford Township, Village of Thomasburg Hunderford TP., Village of Marlbank Hungerford TP., Map of Madoc Township, Map of Ameliasburgh Township, Map of Hillier Township, Village of Consecon, Map of Sophiasburgh Township, Map of Hallowell Township, Map of N. Marysburgh, Village of Roblins Mills, Northport, Bloomfield, Village of Tweed Hungerford TP., Georgetown in Village of Tweed Hungerford TP., Cannifton Thurlow TP., Plan of Picton Prince Ed. Co. , Map of S.Marysburgh Township, Village of wellington Hillier TP., Milford South marysburg TP., Plan of the Village of Frankford, Plan of the Village of Demorestville, Map of Athol Township, Cherry Valley Athol TP, Dominion of Canada Western Sheet, Dominion of Canada Eastern Sheet, Province of Manitoba and part of the District of Keewatin and North West Territory Shewing The Townships & Settlements Drawn from the Lates Gov. Maps, Surveys & Reports for `The Prairie Province“, Plan of Stirling Hastings Co., Railroad Map of the United States, Plan of the Village of Madoc, Western Hemisphere, Eastern Hemisphere.

8 – Repton’s Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening – London: Taylor, 1803, 1st edition

Item Price: CAN$11,000 / US$8,750

Item Description: Observations on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening. Including Some Remarks on Grecian and Gothic Architecture. By Humphry Repton.

London: T. Bensley for J. Taylor, 1803. First edition. Modern full russet morocco, spine with raised bands outlined in gilt. 13 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches (34 x 27.5 cm); portrait frontispiece, [16] (including title, dedication and plate list), 222, [2] pp., with 26 plates (twelve of which are hand-colored aquatints), with all the movable overslips. Frontispiece slightly foxed, offsetting from the plates, several leaves at end lightly damp-stained.

One of the finest color-plate books of the period, remarkable for the “before and after” movable plates, a feature taken from Repton’s famous “Red Books.” The text and plates are on paper watermarked 1801.

Bound in maroon leather with new endpapers. Extensively illustrated as follows: [1] black and white frontispiece portrait; [30] in-text black and white illustrations, of which [2] with overlays; [1] in-text colour illustration, hand-tinted, of a colour wheel with primary and secondary colours; [12] black and white plates of which [3] with overlays; [3] sepia plates of which [1] is a two page guarded spread; [12] colour plates, of which [8] have overlays and [1] is a double-fold-out with overlay. Complete as collated.

Some tape repairs at points of double fold out. Transfer from some plates onto adjacent text pages. Overall fine.

A seminal work by one of the fathers of landscape architecture and design. The text and illustrations in this book were largely gleaned from Repton’s famed hand-written “Red Books,” which he produced for potential clients. Although it reproduces many lavishly coloured sketches taken from these books, Observations is primarily a more practical affair. Repton used the book to explore relationships between landscape and architecture. As he writes in the ‘Advertisement’ preceding the work: “I have […] collected such observations as may best vindicate the Art of Landscape Gardening from the imputation of being founded on caprice and fashion […] I must therefore intreat that the plates be rather considered as necessary rather than ornamental’, (5-6). An especially enjoyable feature of the book is Repton’s use of hinged slips attached to his coloured plates, which can be pulled away to reveal his proposed changes. Repton’s interest in the ‘theatre’ of design is evident. He was fascinated by the optics and illusion of landscape design, both in manipulating perspective to recast the physical landscape and in the ‘magical’ performance of unveiling, central to his hinged illustrations.

9 – A Treatise on Christian Doctrine by John Milton – rare first edition – Cambridge, 1825

Item Price: CAN$1,000 / USD$800

Item Description: “A Treatise on Christian Doctrine, Compiled from the Holy Scriptures Alone” by John Milton.

Printed at the Cambridge University Press by J. Smith for Charles Knight, 1825.

Hardcover in new brown leather with decorative endpapers, xxxvii / 711 pages. 10 1/4” x 12 1/2”.

Translated from the Latin by Charles R. Sumner.

John Milton was an English poet, polemicist, and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England. He is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost.

Milton was a scholarly man of letters, a polemical writer, and an official serving under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval in England, and his poetry and prose reflect deep convictions and address many urgent contemporary issues, such as his treatise condemning licensing (pre-publication censorship), Areopagitica. He wrote in Latin and Italian as well as in English, and had an international reputation during his lifetime. After his death, Milton’s critical reception oscillated, a state of affairs that continued through the centuries. At an early stage he became the subject of partisan biographies, such as that of John Toland from the nonconformist perspective, and a hostile account by Anthony à Wood. Samuel Johnson called him “an acrimonious and surly republican,” but praised Paradise Lost, “a poem which, considered with respect to design may claim the first place, and with respect to performance, the second, among the productions of the human mind.” William Hayley’s 1796 biography called him the “greatest English author.” He remains generally regarded “as one of the preeminent writers in the English language and as a thinker of world importance.”

“De Doctrina Christiana,” from which A Treatise on Christian Doctrine was translated, is a Latin manuscript found in 1823 in London’s Old State Paper Office and attributed to John Milton, who had died 148 years prior.

10 – Collection of 12 Ottawa and Toronto Book Fair posters, 1980-1994

Item Price: CAN$75 / US$60

Item Description: Some relics from the days when people actually went to places and bought things from other people. Sizes range from 11″ x 17″ up to 12″ x 24″. A few very tiny flaws, most in new condition. Ottawa 1 through 7 (1980-86), 10 (1989), 11 (1990), and 15 (1994); Toronto 17 (1989) and 19 (1991).

11 – 1897 Golding Pearl #11 Printing Press

Item Price: CAN$1,500 / USD$1,200

 

Item Description: 1897 Golding Pearl #11 Improved platen letterpress. 124 years old and still working, something that you will not be able to say about your Epson laser printer. Includes three rollers with delrin trucks and various other accessories. Please contact me for details about this item. I’ve used this press and can tell you all about it, the positives and the negatives (old presses are like old houses; if someone tells you there are no negatives… run away). Important note: this press weighs approximately 700 pounds, and must be picked up in Kingston, Ontario. No pick up available until after covid-19 restrictions are loosened.

12 – 齊白石 – Qi Bai Shi Album of Woodcuts – China: Rong Bao Zhai, 1952

Item Price: CAN$1,750 / US$1,350

Item Description: Accordion book in brocade covers with 22 woodcuts.

Creases at bottom corners, gift inscription to endpaper, otherwise fine.

Qi Bai Shi (1864-1957) was a pioneer of modern Chinese painting. He developed his own expressive style of so-called Chinese scholarly painting.

Qi Bai Shi was born to a farmer in Xiangtan, Hunan province, in 1864. He began painting at the age of 14 and started on a tour through China’s famous landscapes in 1904, when he attained great fame. Shrimps, fish, crabs, frogs, insects, and peaches were his favorite subjects. Using heavy ink, bright colors, and vigorous strokes, he created works in a fresh and lively manner that expressed his love of nature and life. When he first arrived in Beijing, Qi Baishi – eventually to become one of modern China’s most famous artists — could hardly give his paintings away. But when Wang Renshan (manager of Rong Bao Zhai) saw his paintings, his sharp eye spotted talent that others had missed. He accepted all of Qi’s works and hung them in the most conspicuous spots in the shop. Gradually, Qi Baishi gained fame, and in the process he forged an indissoluble bond with Rong Bao Zhai.

13 – Antique French Book on Women and Fans – L’Eventail – 1882

Item Price: CAN$120 / US$100

Item Description: L’Eventail by Octave Uzanne, illustrated by Paul Avril. Paris: A. Quanti, 1882.

In red boards with red leather corners and spine, accented with gilt rules. Eclectically illustrated on each page by Paul Avril. Top edges gilt, sides and bottom untrimmed. Text in French. A fin-de-siecle celebration of women and their fans.

Very slight wear to several points on leather corners and spine, text block as new.

“In the last half of the nineteenth century, the folding fan was phenomenally popular in France. The accessory was a ubiquitous component of women’s dress, yet it also attracted the attention of some prominent collectors and Orientalists as well as acquiring an importance in the art and literature of the period. In many plastic works and literary texts devoted to it, the fan retains a link with femininity, and particularly with feminine sexuality, even as its identity as an art object is emphasized.

Octave Uzanne’s L’Éventail (1882), a self-professed literary history of the fan, exemplifies this dualistic treatment as it presents the fan both as a titillating intimate companion of women and as a literary and (although to a lesser extent) art historical subject.” [Edgington, 2013]

“Octave Uzanne (1852-1931) was a French writer and bibliophile. Editor of several journals, such as Le livre, and founder of bibliophile societies that published illustrated books, he was also a prolific author who specialized in the art of making beautiful books. Uzanne is now an obscure literary figure, remembered if at all as the author of a short story called “The End of Books” (1895), which foresaw how new technologies might result in such inventions as the audiobook. Yet he also produced a rich, albeit still neglected, body of work that helped to provoke discussion of fashion and femininity in fin-de-siècle France.” [Steele, 2006]

14 – 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.

15 – K’Ehgosone – Native American poetry with artwork by Cordelia Von Mengershausen – Ettan, 1975

Item Price: CAN$3,100 / USD$2,400

Item Description: Del Mar, California: Ettan Press, 1975.

Art by Cordelia von Mengershausen, translations of Native American poetry by Ines Talamantez, recording by Thuring Bram.

Limited edition, no. 11 of 45. Eight etchings with aquatint in color, each signed in pencil by the illustrator. Includes 7-inch record of Thuring Bram’s “Children Songs of the American Indian” with “Flexagon”. Loose sheets in plain wrappers, housed in a white suede clamshell case with inset embroidered band, slipcase. A rare and fascinating exploration of Native American songs illustrated with powerful etchings that explore the Southwestern landscape. Rare.

Hand set and printed in Spectrum by Wesley Tanner, Berkeley, California, on paper made especially for this book by Twinrocker, Brookston, Indiana. The etchings were pulled from the presses of Ettan Press by Eugene Schiller and Rom Lingren. The phonograph record was struck for this book by Custom Fidelity, Los Angeles, California. Bookbinding was executed by H. Halbach, Konigstein i.T., West Germany.

16 – 1878 Antique original map of Kingston Ontario, published by Meacham in 1878

Item Price: CAN$150 / US$120

Item Description: Original map of Kingston from The Illustrated Historical Atlas of the Counties of Lennox, Frontenac, and Addington, published by Meacham in 1878.
17″ x 26 3/4″, advertisement for Cousineau’s Dry Goods and images of local farms on verso. One central fold as published, reinforced with archival tape on verso. Light spotting, overall fine condition.

17 – Views in India, China, and On the Shores of the Red Sea – 1835 first edition

Item Price: CAN$250 / US$200

Item Description: Drawn by PROUT, STANFIELD, CATTERMOLE, PURSER, COX, AUSTEN, &c.
From original sketches by COMMANDER ROBERT ELLIOT, R.N.
With descriptions by EMMA ROBERTS
Vols. I and II bound together
London: H. Fisher, R. Fisher & P. Jackson, no date stated [1835]
first edition

Hardcover, 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. More photos available.

18 – Seven maps from New Atlas of the Dominion of Canada – circa. 1880

Item Price: CAN$280 / US$220

Item Description: Seven original maps from New Atlas of the Dominion of Canada, published circa. 1880.

All maps are hand-tinted, 17 1/2″ x 27″, with one vertical central fold as published. Black and white portraits and scenes on verso. Generally very good condition, with minor flaws mostly along the edges.

1 – New Brunswick – Counties of Madawaska, Restigouche, Victoria, Northumberland, Gloucester, Kent.
2 – New Brunswick – Counties of Carleton, York, Sunbury, Charlotte, Queens, Kings, St. John, Westmorland, Albert.
3 – Nova Scotia – Counties of Yarmouth, Digby, Shelburne, Annapolis, Queens, Kings, Lunenburg, Hants, Halifax.
4 – Quebec – Counties of Portneuf, Quebec, Montmorency, Charlevoix, Chicoutimi, Saguenay, L’Islet, Kamouraska, Temiscouata.
5 – Quebec – Counties of Rimouski, Bonaventure, Gaspe, Island of Anticosti. Also the Magdalen Islands.
6 – Quebec – Counties of Soulanges, Vaudreuil, Two Mountains, Argenteuil, Terrebonne, Montcalm, L’Assomption, Laval, Jacques Cartier, Hochelaga, Jolliette, Berthier, Chambly, Rouville, Vercheres, St. Hyacinthe, Richelieu, Yamaska, Drummond, Bagot, Shefford, Brome, Nicolet, Arthabaska, Maskinonge, St. Maurice, Champlain, Huntingdon, Beauharnois, Chateauguay, La Prairie, Napierville, St. John, Iberville, Missisquoi, Richmond, Sherbrooke, Stanstead, Lotbiniere, Megantic, Wolfe, Compton, Levis, Dorchester, Beauce, Bellechasse, Montmagny.
7 – Counties of Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou, Antigonish, Guysborough (Nova Scotia); Inverness, Cape Breton, Victoria, Richmond (Cape Breton); Prince, Queens, Kings (Prince Edward Island).

Please contact me if you would like to see more photos.

19 – Fêtes Galantes by Paul Verlaine, with 20 pochoir plates by George Barbier – Piazza 1928

Item Price: CAN$3,350 / US$2,600

Item Description: Twenty two texts in French by Paul Verlaine, accompanied by 20 beautiful pochoir illustrations by George Barbier. Published in Paris by H. Piazza in 1928. Limited edition, No. XLV of the American edition of CLXXV. In paper wraps with leather spine. One plate shows staining in the gutter margin, not affecting the image. Gutters unobtrusively reinforced with Japanese paper at beginning and end. Otherwise entire book is fine. Original slipcase has been somewhat crudely repaired and reinforced around the edges with Japanese paper.
A glorious example of the sensual aesthetics for which George Barbier was known. His work harkens back to the excessive fashions of the eighteenth century as a means of escape from post-World War I Europe, pursuing a similar goal to Dada and Surrealism but through very different means.

20 – Les Douze Emois – Louttre B – 1979 – 12 limited edition intaglio prints

Item Price: CAN$1,760 / USD$1,400​

Item Description: Twelve intaglio prints on Velin d’Arches with 12 accompanying engraved calendar pages. Unbound as issued, housed in a clamshell box. Number 56 of an edition of 90, pencil signed by the artist. Rare.

Louttre B [Marc-Antoine Bissière, 1926-2012] was born in Paris to a family of artists, which included his father, the well-known painter and printmaker Roger Bissière (1888-1964). His early training included working with his father at the workshops of the painter Alfred Manessier and the sculptor Etienne Martin. In 1938, Louttre B left Paris for Boissiérette, remaining there until 1949 when he returned to Paris. His earliest paintings date from 1942 and his work was included in an exhibition in Paris at Galerie de France in 1944. At the time he was using the name Antoine Bissière. Louttre B began work in engraving in 1960, studying with Marcel Fiorini and experimenting with combining copper plates with woodblocks for a sculptural effect. The following year Louttre B won the second Biennale in Paris. Returning to Boissiérette in 1962, he began to create more representational work. He also began to sign his name using his father’s nickname for him, “Louttre” (Otter) in order to differentiate his work from his father’s. He created over 400 prints, as well as working in sand painting, stained glass, sculpture, tapestry, design, and book illustration. His work was included in exhibitions all over the world and held in several important collections, including the Musée des Beaux-arts in Bordeaux. Louttre B died in France on April 6, 2012.

21 – Ten reproduction Canadian tourism and steamship posters

Item Price: CAN$80 / USD$65

Item Description: Ten reproductions of posters promoting Canadian tourism, immigration to Canada, and steamship travel. All approximately 16″ x 24″, all new condition. This listing is limited to four photos; please contact me if you would like photos of all the posters.

22 – Eight issues of Aperture photography magazine from the 1960s

Item Price: CAN$80 / USD$65

Item Description: Vintage issues of an important photography periodical. Five staple bound, three perfect bound. Minor flaws here and there, overall excellent condition. 1960: Vol. 8, No. 2, Vol. 8, No. 4. 1961: Vol. 9, No. 3. 1962: Vol. 10, No. 1. 1965: Vol. 12, No. 4. 1967: Vol. 13, No. 3. 1970: Vol. 16, No. 2, Vol. 16, No. 3.

23 – Two Antique Japanese woodcut prints by Hiroshige: “Maple Trees at Tsuten Kyo Bridge” and “Owari”

Item Price: CAD$160 / USD$130

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.

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.

24 – Sporting Architecture by G. Tattersall – London: R. Ackermann, 1841

Item Price: CAN$200 / USD$160

Item Description: 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.

25 – Magisterium Naturae by Francesco de Terzi – Antiquarian Three Volume Work on Physics – 1684

Item Price: CAN$4,000 / US$3,200

Item Description: Magisterium Naturae, et Artis. Opus Physico-Mathematicum P. Francisci Tertii de Lanis Societatis Iesu. Brixiensis In Quo Occultiora Naturalis Philosophiae Principia Manifestantur, Et Multiplici Tum Experimentorum, Tum Demonstationum Serie Comprobantur; Ac Demum Tam Antiqua Pene Omnia Artis Inventa, Quam Multa Nova Ab Ipso Authore Excogitata In Lucem Proferuntur. Brixiae M. DC. LXXXIV. Per Io: Mariam Ricciardum, Superiorum permissu.

Mastery of nature and art. Work of the physico-mathematician Francisco Lana de Terzi. Brescia [Italy]: Giovanni Maria Ricciardi, 1684-1692 (volume III: Parma: Ippolito Rosation, 1692). 3 volume set. Folios. Printed in double columns. [1 blank], [16], 526, 24 plates; [34], 512, [18], + 20 plates (6 hand drawn in contemporary facsimile); [1 blank], [8], 571, 23, [1], + 13 plates (2 hand drawn in contemporary facsimile).

Illustrated with woodcut vignette on title-pages, woodcut initials, head and tail pieces, 57 out-of-text copper engraved and hand drawn plates inserted at rear depicting numerous experiments and scientific instruments. Contemporary full vellum, gilt decorated and lettered in compartments, speckled edges (corners gently bumped, general soiling and warping to boards, toning to endpapers, light worming to vol. II bastard title, small tear in vol. III to Aaa4; otherwise clean and tight). Provenance: 18th century bookplates of Thomae Vargas Macciucca. Scarce.

A monumental encyclopedia of physics written to complement Lana’s Prodromo (1670), by more thoroughly explaining various theories advanced within. In “History of Magic and Experimental Science, Volume VII”, Lynn Thorndike points out how Lana emphasizes the more occult principles of natural philosophy, experimentation and demonstration with a majority discussing the many varieties of motions of natural bodies, manifest and occult in the second and third volumes.

26 – Stereoscopic Atlas of Anatomy : Head and Neck – A collection of 136 antique slides

Item Price: CAN$500 / USD$400

Item Description: Stereoscopic Atlas of Anatomy : Head and Neck Sections I – IV
D. J. Cunningham
Published by Keystone View Company, Meadville, PA, 1929
Four boxes that slide into book-style sleeves containing a total of 136 cards. Each card has a real-photo stereoscopic image mounted on it. Complete with no missing cards. Boxes showing some wear, all cards are in near-new condition.

27 – Ivory and the Elephant in Art, Archaeology, and Science – 1916 First Printing

Item Price: CAN$400 / US$320

Item Description: By George Frederick Kunz. Garden City / NY: Doubleday, Page and Co., 1916.
Hardcover, 7” x 10 1/4”, 527 pages. First printing featuring an image of an intricate carving applied to the cloth covered front board and spine, top edge gilt.

Illustrated with over 150 full-page plates, four folding plates and maps, and text illustrations. A classic study of the procuring and working of ivory, from the ancient period to modern times. Chapters on evolution and development of the elephant, on elephant hunting and on the art and commerce of ivory carving.

Signs of rubbing and shelfwear on the boards, particularly on high points. Pages showing mild to moderate age toning though the text, illustrations remaining bold and legible. Some leaves are uncut. Binding is sturdy, solid, and wholly intact.

28 – Tales of a Russian Grandmother – Junior Books / Doubleday, 1933

Item Price: CAN$125 / USD$100

Item Description: Garden City / NY: Junior Books / Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1933.

Hardcover in blue boards with red titles to upper board and spine. Illustrated with eight colour plates, eight black and white plates, and black and white in-text illustrations by Ivan Bilibine. Red endpapers with white illustrations of a frog wearing a crown. Top page edges stained red.

Title page states “Junior Books.” Stated first edition on copyright page. There is another version of this book that states “Junior Literary Guild” on title page and also states first edition on the copyright page. I suspect that my version is the true first, based on the fact that the Junior Literary Guild existed into the 1960s, and its imprint probably replaced the Junior Books imprint.

Some wear to boards and spine, including small crunches at corners. A few very scattered and minor stains. No writing, inscriptions, bookplates, missing pages, or water damage. All plates in fine condition. Scarce.

29 – Under the Studio Light by J.W.L. Forster – Toronto: Macmillan, 1928 – 1st ed.

Item Price: CAN$125 / USD$100

Item Description: Scarce memoir by a Canadian portrait painter.

Under the Studio Light: Leaves from a Portrait Painter’s Sketch Book
by J.W.L. Forster
Toronto: The Macmillan Company of Canada Limited, at St. Martin’s House, 1928
Hardcover in mustard boards with black title to spine. 6″ x 8 1/2″, 244 pages. Illustrated with eight black and white plates. Errata slip tipped in before preface.

Some wear to boards, new endpapers, light tide lines showing on some plates and some pages. Light spine break between half title and title. Overall very good. Scarce.

30 – Tabula Asiae III – original 1548 map

Item Price: CAN$450 / US$350

Item Description: Original map of the area surrounding the Black and Caspian Seas. Published in Venice in 1548. Single page woodcut, 5″ x 6 1/2″. Hand-tinted. Mounted on acid-free backing board with matte. Central vertical fold has been reinforced with archival tape applied to verso. Removed at some point in the last 473 years from Gastaldi’s “Geografia,” a highly influential 16th century atlas.