Alan Foljambe, Bookseller
Alan Foljambe specializes in illustrated books from the 19th and 20th centuries. Particular interests include natural history, Surrealism, pochoir prints, and fine bindings. I buy books within these fields as well as tools and materials for bookbinding and letterpress printing.
1 – Original 1827 map of Baffin Bay and the West Coast of Greenland
Item Price: CAN$175 / US$140
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.
2. 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 Tenton 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.
3 – Vintage Canadian Red Ensign Flag, four by eight feet
Item Price: CAN$200 / US$155
Item Description: Vintage sewn cloth Canadian flag measuring 46” x 95”. This flag was made at some point between 1922 and 1957. The Canadian coat of arms seen on this flag was adopted in 1922. The flag was changed again in 1957 to remove the female figure with bare breasts from the harp. Excellent condition, with a few small points of wear.
4 – Illustrated Historical Atlas of the County of Carleton Including City of Ottawa Ont. [Wilson’s 1997 reprint of Belden 1879 original]
Item Price: CAN$65 / US$50
Item Description: 16 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ in green boards with gilt title to upper board. Maps, homestead views, portraits of prominent citizens. Number 460 of a limited edition of 1,000. As new.
5 – 1784 Original Italian Map of the St. Lawrence River – “Corso del Fiume S. Lorenzo Nel Canada”
6 – Original etching by Georgian Bay artist Edward Bartram
Item Price: CAN$450 / US$350
Description: “To the Pines” by Georgian Bay artist Edward Bartram, number 38 of a limited edition of 40. Signed, numbered, and titled in pencil by Bartram. Matted and framed. Frame size: 24 3/4″ x 31 1/2″. Etching size: 17 5/8″ x 23 3/4″. You can read more about Edward Bartram on the Mira Godard gallery website: https://godardgallery.com/artists/ed-bartram/.
7 – An Exact Chart of the River St. Laurence, From Ft. Frontenac to the Island of Anticosti – 1775
Item Price: CAN$600 / US$475
Item Description: “An Exact Chart of the River St Laurence, from Fort Frontenac to the Island of Anticosti shewing the Soundings, Rocks, Shoals &c with Views of the Lands and all necessary Instructions for navigating that River to Quebec.” By Thomas Jefferys. London: Robert Sayer, 1775. 24” x 38”, hand-coloured copperplate engraving. Several repairs, trimmed close to plate line, overall very good.
8 – Two antique German animal educational charts, circa. 1890
9 – Antique French nude photo catalogue – La Beaute VII – circa. 1922
Item Price: CAN$100 / US$80
Item Description: “La Beaute : 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. Album XI also available.
10 – Antique Sea Chart of the Waters Between Labrador and Greenland – 1661
Item Price: CAN$850 / US$660
Item Description: “Carta particolare della Meta Incognita Australe con una parte della America Settentrionale.” By Sir Robert Dudley (1574-1649). Second state, published by Guiseppe Cocchini in 1661. Uncoloured copperplate engraving. Plate size: 14 5/8” x 17 7/8”. Paper size: 17 1/4” x 21 1/2”. A few tiny spots and stains, overall near fine. The first printed sea chart of the waters between Labrador and Greenland, showing coastal towns, prevailing winds, ocean currents, and magnetic deviations of the compass. Rare.
11 – 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]
12 – Magisterium Naturae by Francesco de Terzi – Antiquarian Three Volume Work on Physics – 1684
Item Price: CAN$2800 / US$2200
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], , 526, 24 plates; , 512, , + 20 plates (6 hand drawn in contemporary facsimile); [1 blank], , 571, 23, , + 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.
13 – In Northern Mists: Arctic Exploration in Early Times by Fridtjof Nansen – NY: Stokes, 1911, Vol. II
Item Price: CAN$50 / US$38
Item Description: VOL. II ONLY
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1911
Hardcover, 8″ x 10″, 420 pages. Illustrated in black and white with tipped-in color frontispiece.
Spine slightly darkened, light wear at corners of boards and head and foot of spine, text block near fine.
14 – Under the Studio Light by J.W.L. Forster – Toronto: Macmillan, 1928
Item Price: CAN$150 / US$120
Item Description: Hardcover in mustard buckram, black titles to spine, 6″ x 9″, 244 pages, illustrated with black and white plates. Flaws and aging to boards, dampstaining to upper edge of first few pages including frontis and plates. Although the plates appear to have absorbed some of the moisture to which they were exposed, the vast majority of pages did not, thus most of the text block is fine. No dust jacket, in acetate sleeve. Not signed. Rare memoirs of a Canadian portrait painter.
15 – The First English Conquest of Canada by Henry Kirke – Bemrose, 1871
Item Price: CAN$75 / US$60
Item Description: In beveled brown boards with black decoration and gilt titles to spine. Fold-out map frontis, errata slip prior to preface. Mild aging to boards, new endpapers, owner stamp to verso of half title, spotting to half title, map, and title page, text block fine.
16 – Letters on Greece, from the French of M. Savary – Dublin: White et. al., 1788
Item Price: CAN$380 / US$300
Item Description: Letters on Greece: Being a Sequel to Letters on Egypt, and Containing Travels Through Rhodes, Crete, and Other Islands of the Archipelago; With Comparative Remarks On Their Ancient and Present State, and Observations On the Government, Character, and Manners of the Turks, and Modern Greeks.
Translated from the French of M. Savary.
Dublin: Printed for Messrs. L. White, P. Byrne, J. Moore, and B. Dornin. M, DCC, LXXXVIII.
Published simultaneously with the more common London first edition in 1788. This Dublin edition published without the map. Rebound in new leather, new endpapers. Half title and title page very heavily worn, now both backed with Japanese paper. Untrimmed page edges worn, scattered spotting to pages, overall text block is very good.
17 – Travels in Italy, Greece and the Ionian Islands by H.W. Williams – Edinburgh 1820
Item Price: CAN$220 / US$175
Item Description: Travels in Italy, Greece, and the Ionian Islands. In a Series of Letters, Descriptive of Manners, Scenery, and the Fine Arts. By H.W. Williams, Esq. With engravings from original drawings. In Two Volumes. Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co., 1820. Two volumes in marbled boards, 399 and 437 pages. New endpapers, spines reattached but in rough shape, uneven and missing small pieces. Various scattered flaws, text blocks near fine, all plates present.
18 – Chart of the Northern Passage Between Asia & America – Thomson’s 1816
19 – Papa’s Tales About the Earth and Moon – rare mid 19th century children’s book
Item Price: CAN$120 / US$100
Item Description: T. W. Strong / W. G. Cottrell, New York / Boston. Soft cover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. No date stated, circa. 1840s. Extremely rare old children’s book, illustrated with hand-coloured pictures. Eight 4 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ sheets. Complete but with all pages separated.
20 – Scarce Bruce Rogers Designed Book: The Song of Roland – Riverside Press, 1906
Item Price: CAN$3300 / US$2600
Item Description: Number 158 of 220 copies on American handmade paper. Set in French lettre bâtarde and civilité types and hand printed in black, red, blue, and golden brown; opening initial printed in gold. 11.5” x 17.5”. xxxiv double-column pages. Seven hand-coloured illustrations in the style of stained glass windows. Bound in quarter vellum with fleur-de-lis patterned boards and vellum tips.
Bruce Rogers (1870-1957) was one of the great book designers of the twentieth century. He began working at the Riverside Press in 1895. In 1900, a Department of Special Bookmaking was created for the production of fine press editions, with Rogers in charge. He designed more than four hundred books during his career. Of those, he chose thirty (Roger’s Thirty), at the request of an interviewer, that he considered successful book works. The Song of Roland was one of his choices.
The Song of Roland is a French epic dating from about 1100 CE. It recounts the chivalric and heroic deeds of Charlemagne, based on the battle of Roncevaux. The epic is considered the first masterpiece of literature in the French vernacular, written as a medieval chanson de geste (song of deeds) in four thousand lines. It was not translated into English until the late 19th century. This edition was translated from Old French by Isabel Butler.
Seven illustrations derived from the compartments of the window of Charlemagne in the Cathedral de Chartres depict events in the legend of Roland. Five roundels are placed throughout the text. Some browning to boards, surface damage to fleur de lis paper, and general light aging. Overall very good condition. A scarce example of American fine printing history.
21 – Framed 1757 Map of New England and Southeastern Ontario including Ft. Frontenac
Item Price: CAN$185 / US$150
Item Description: “A MAP OF THAT PART OF AMERICA WHICH WAS THE PRINCIPAL SEAT OF WAR IN 1756”. Published by D. Henry and R. Cave in Gentleman’s Magazine, 1757. Shows Montreal and Ft. Frontenac (now Kingston). In the area of what is now Ottawa is written “Among these Branches [Rivers] is a great deal of good Land all Uncultivated.” Very good condition, with folds as published. Frame size: 14 7/8” x 18 7/8”. Matt window size: 8 5/8” x 13 1/8”. Professionally framed by Pennino’s Gallery in South Burlington, Vermont.
22 – Two Dominion of Canada Maps, Western and Eastern – Meacham, 1878
23 – City Map of Kingston published by Meacham in 1878
Item Price: CAN$220 / US$175
Item Description: Map of the City of Kingston, from the Illustrated Historical Atlas of Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington Counties, published by Meacham in 1878. 17″ x 27″, near fine condition, with central fold as published. Advertisement for Cousineau’s Dry Goods and images of local farms on reverse. Other maps from this atlas also available.
24 – Sporting Architecture by G. Tattersall – London: R. Ackermann, 1841
25 – Zoologie du Jeune Age, Ou Histoire Naturelle Des Animaux, by M. Lereboullet – Strasbourg: Deriveaux, 1860
26 – A Treatise on Christian Doctrine by John Milton – rare first edition – Cambridge, 1825
Item Price: CAN$1200 / US$950
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, 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.
Rebound in brown leather with decorative endpapers.
27 – Stereoscopic Head and Neck Anatomy Cards – 1929
Item Price: CAN$400 / US$320
Item Description: Collection of antique stereoscopic anatomy slides
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.
28 – Four original plates from Description de l’Univers by Mallet – Paris: 1683
Item Price: CAN$120.00 / US$95.00
Item Description: Four original copperplate engravings, 5 3/8″ x 8 1/4″.
“Description de l’Univers” by Alain Manesson Mallet.
Published in Paris in five volumes, 1683.
All from the volume titled “de l’Europe”:
Figure LXXVIII : Face du Louvre
Figure LXXIX : Notre Dame de Paris
Figure LXXXIV : C. de Versailles
Figure LXXXIX : St. Denis
Text on verso.
All plates in near fine condition.
29 – Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – Virtue, 1850
Item Price: CAN$95.00 / US$70.00
Item Description: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon, Esq.
with notes and a memoir by F. A. Guizot.
London and New York: G. Virtue, no date stated 
Two hardcover volumes in black three quarter leather and dark green boards, 17 x 25 cm (7″ x 10″), 643 and 666 pages, marbled endpapers. Illustrated with frontispieces of Gibbon and Petrarch + 54 additional black and white plates.
Scattered foxing, some light wear to exterior hinges, a few stains on endpapers. Head and tail bands undamaged. Overall remarkably well preserved after 170 years.