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’m looking forward to returning to live book fairs in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and beyond.

Items shipped within Canada will incur an added 5% GST. Shipping at cost.

 

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(613) 545-1717

afoljambe@gmail.com

139 Herchmer Crescent
Kingston, ON
K7M 2W1
Canada

1 – A Collection of Nine Ernest Thompson Seton Works

Item Price: CAN$135 / US$108

Item Description: A nice little collection of nine books by Ernest Thompson Seton (1860-1946), English wildlife artists and one of the founders of the Boy Scouts. All books illustrated as well as written by Ernest Thompson Seton. All books showing expected light aging, very good or better with flaws noted.
1 – Rolf in the Woods: The Adventures of a Boy Scout With Indian Quonab and Little Dog Skookum – NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 1911. Owner inscription to ffep, smudge to half title.
2 – Wild Animals at Home – Garden City: Doubleday, Page, 1913. Vertical crease at centre of half title, frontispiece, and title page.
3 – Wild Animal Ways – London: Hodder & Stoughton, no date stated. Owner signature to ffep.
4 – The Book of Woodcraft – Garden City: Garden City Publishing, 1921. Owner signature to half title, smudge to title page.
5 – Lives of the Hunted – Toronto: Morang, 1901. Stated first impression, Oct 12, 1901. Owner signature to ffep, smudge to corner of title page.
6 – The Biography of a Silver Fox – Toronto: Copp, Clark, 1909. Stated first impression, April 1909. Owner signature to ffep, corner damage to front pastedown.
7 – Monarch the Big Bear – Toronto: Morang, 1904. Stated first impression, October 3, 1904. Owner label in corner of front pastedown, small spine break between copyright page and dedication page.
8 – The Biography of a Grizzly – London: Hodder & Stoughton, no date stated.
9 – The Trail of the Sandhill Stag – London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1899. Award sticker to front pastedown, scattered spotting to page edges and first and last few pages.

2 – Proceedings at the Ceremony of Laying the Foundation Stone – King’s College, Toronto, 1843 – multiply signed

Item Price: CAN$200 / US$160

Item Description: 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. Toronto: H. & W. Rowsell, King Street, M DCCC XLIII. Hardcover in patterned fabric with black leather spine and corners, gilt title to upper board. 6″ x 9 3/4″ (15.25 x 24.75 cm), 86 pages + xviii page appendix.

Signed at top of title page: Tempora Mutantur / Wm. Mulock / Chancellor of the University of Toronto / 20 Oct 1927. Signed on ffep: Robt. A. Falconer, President, University of Toronto, Nov 19th 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.

Upper half of page 9/10 torn away and reattached with archival tape. Slight sunning at top of upper board, light wear at head of spine. Otherwise very near fine. Scarce.

3 – The Microscope Made Easy by Henry Baker – London: Dodsley, 1744 – 3rd Edition

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Item Description: The Microscope Made Easy: Or, I. The Nature, Uses, and Magnifying Powers of the best Kinds of Microscopes Described, Calculated, and Explained: For the Instruction of such, particularly, as desire to search into the Wonders of the Minute Creation, tho’ they are not acquainted with Optics. Together with Full Directions how to prepare, apply, examine, and preserve all Sorts of Objects, and proper Cautions to be observed in viewing them. II. An Account of what surprizing Discoveries have been already made by the Microscope: With useful Reflections on them. And Also A great Variety of new Experiments and Observations, pointing out many uncommon Subjects for the Examination of the Curious. By Henry Baker, Fellow of the Royal Society, and Member of the Society of Antiquaries, in London. Illustrated with Copper Plates. The Third Edition: With an additional Plate of the Solar Microscope, and some farther Accounts of the Polype. Rerum Natura nusquam magis quam in Minimis tota est. Plin. Nat. Hist. Lib. xi. c. 2. London: Printed for R. Dodsley, at Tully’s Head in Pall Mall, and sold by M. Cooper in Pater-noster-Row, and J. Cuff, Optician, in Fleetstreet. 1744.

Hardcover in marbled boards with leather spine and corners, marbled endpapers. 5″ x 8″ (13 x 20 cm), 311 pages + 13 page index + one page advertisement for John Cuff Instrument Maker. Illustrated with 15 copper plate engravings. Scattered browning and foxing, text block very solid, exterior very well preserved with some heavy edge chipping to marbled paper. Scarce.

4 – The Costume of No Play in Japan by Iwao Kongow, with 50 colour plates

Item Price: CAD$575 / US$450​

Item Description: Large folio in chemise, 13″ x 15″, stab bound in the Japanese style. Published in Tokyo by Meiji-Shobo, no date stated, circa 1930s. Title page, black and white portrait of the author, 50 gorgeous colour plates of kimonos used in this style of drama. Sunning and heavy wear to chemise, book fine except for damage to fabric at top and bottom of spine, and some darkening at tops of some pages, not affecting images. Scarce.

5 – Dune by Frank Herbert – Folio Society, 2015

Item Price: CAD$190 / US$150​

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.

6 – Aubrey Beardsley – The Savoy – Smithers 1896 – three volumes

Item Price: CAN$1500 / US$1200

Item Description: London: Leonard Smithers, 1896

Three hardcover volumes containing all eight issues of The Savoy,
the total run of this short-lived but influential journal of art, literature, and culture.

Issue One:
Literary Contents:
EDITORIAL NOTE
ON GOING TO CHURCH. An Article by G. BERNARD SHAW
TO NANCY. A Story by FREDERICK WEDMORE
MANDOLINE. A Poem, translated by Arthur Symons from the Fêtes Galantes of PAUL VERLAINE (illustrated)
A GOOD PRINCE. An Article by MAX BEERBOHM
THE EYES OF PRIDE. A Story by ERNEST DOWSON
THE THREE MUSICIANS. A Poem by AUBREY BEARDSLEY (illustrated)
ZOLA: THE MAN AND HIS WORK. An Article by HAVELOCK ELLIS
TWO LOVE POEMS—The Shadowy Horses:The Travail of Passion. By W.B. YEATS
DIEPPE: 1895. An Article by ARTHUR SYMONS (illustrated)
ELLEN. A Story by RUDOLF DIRCKS
SEA-MUSIC. A Poem by MATHILDE BLIND
A GOLDEN DECADE IN ENGLISH ART. An Article by JOSEPH PENNELL (illustrated)
A GLASS OF WHISKEY. A Story by HUMPHREY JAMES
IMPENITENTIA ULTIMA. A Poem by ERNEST DOWSON
THE BINDING OF THE HAIR. A Story by W. B. YEATS
ON CRITICISM AND THE CRITIC. An Essay by SELWYN IMAGE
THE WANDERERS. A Poem by ARTHUR SYMONS
UNDER THE HILL. A Romantic Story by AUBREY BEARDSLEY (Chapters I, II, and III, illustrated by the Author)

Art Contents
COVER By AUBREY BEARDSLEY
TITLE PAGE By AUBREY BEARDSLEY
CONTENTS PAGE By AUBREY BEARDSLEY
A LITHOGRAPH. By C. H. SHANNON
MANDOLINE. A Wood-Engraving from a Water-Colour Drawing by CHARLES CONDER
REGENT STREET, LONDON. After a Pen-and-Ink Drawing by JOSEPH PENNELL
THE THREE MUSICIANS By AUBREY BEARDSLEY
TAILPIECE By AUBREY BEARDSLEY
LA PARISIENNE. By LOUIS OURY
THE BATHERS. By AUBREY BEARDSLEY
THE MOSKA. By AUBREY BEARDSLEY
CHLOE. By W. ROTHENSTEIN
THE OLD CHARTIST. By F. SANDYS. Reproduced from Once a Week
HAROLD. By F. SANDYS. Reproduced from Once a Week
A DRAWING. By J. MCNEILL WHISTLER. Reproduced from Once a Week
CARICATURE OF MR. BEERBOHM TREE. A Wood-Engraving after the Drawing by MAX BEERBOHM
THAULOW: THE NORWEGIAN PAINTER AND HIS FAMILY. After the Oil-Painting by JACQUES L. BLANCHE
A HEAD. After a Crayon Drawing by J. LEMMEN (printed in sanguine)
THE FLYING ASS: a Scene from Voltaire’s La Pucelle. Reproduced in half-tone from an Etching by W. ROTHENSTEINTHE
ABBE By AUBREY BEARDSLEY
THE TOILET By AUBREY BEARDSLEY
THE FRUIT-BEARERS By AUBREY BEARDSLEY
A LARGE CHRISTMAS CARD By AUBREY BEARDSLEY.

An important literary and artistic milestone from the Art Nouveau era. Original Beardsley card tipped in at the end of volume one. Bindings damaged by moisture, see photos for best description of this. Interior near fine with some very scattered browning. Please email for more photos.

7 – The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night [Arabian Nights] in 17 volumes

Item Price: CAD$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.

8 – Histoire Naturelle by Max Ernst, with introduction by Jean Arp

Item Price: CAN$375 / US$300

Item Description: New York: Abrams, 1972. 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″. Number A135 from a limited English edition of 400. “the first edition of histoire naturelle was published in 1926 by editions jeanne bucher, paris, in a press run of 306 copies. the introduction was written by jean arp. this new edition was published in 1972 in a total edition of 1200 copies. 400 of these copies were printed in english for harry n. abrams, inc., publishers, new york, and numbered A1-400. in the new edition the reproductions have been made one centimeter larger in width and height. arabic numerals have been used instead of roman. copy no. A 135.” Very slight fraying at corners of box, interior as new. Scarce.

9 – Souvenirs et Portraits d’Artistes – Fernand Mourlot – Mazo, 1972 – 25 original lithographs

Item Price: CAD$3750 / US$3000

Item Description: Twenty five original lithographs with accompanying essays in French, housed in a clamshell case. 12 3/4″ x 10″ (32 x 25 cm). Number 54 of a limited edition of 800. Maurice Brianchon – L’Arlequin // Andre Masson – Le depart // Andre Baudin – Feuilles evadees // Apel. les Fenosa – Tramontane // Maurice Esteve – Alalito // Henri Matisse – Etude pour le livre “La Religieuse Portugaise” // Paul Guiramand – Interieur // Kostia Terechkovitch – Cavalier tunisien // Georges Braque – Profil de femme (M. 25) // Andre Derain – Buste de femme (1950) // Pablo Picasso – Le seigneur et la dame (M. 322) // Paul Jenkins – Composition pour Eric // Joan Miro – Jaillie du calcaire // Jean Cocteau – Manuscrit // Andre Minaux – La femme et l’oiseau // Jacques Villon – Portrait d’une jeune fille // Marc Chagall – Bouquet pour Fernand // Giacometti – Fleurs // Bernard Buffet – Les ombelles // Paul Wunderlich – Torso sur une pierre bleue // Paul Delvaux – Confidences // Vasarely – Beryll // Alfred Manessier – La tache rouge // Charles Lapicque – Le chant des oiseaux // Graham Sutherland – Hybrid. In 32 unbound gatherings housed in a folder inside a clamshell case. A scarce and beautiful example of late twentieth century lithographic work, by some of the giants of the Modernist era. Browning to exterior of folder, small areas of fraying at corners of box, a few small stains to exterior of box. All lithographs and text pages as new. Please email for more photos.

10 – Columbia Marches On – Rare Columbia Pictures promotional book, 1934-35

Item Price: CAN$600 / 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. Scarce. Please email for more photos.

11 – Portraits par Henri Matisse – Sauret, 1954

Item Price: CAN$2250 / US$1800

Item Description: Monte Carlo: Andre Sauret, 1954. Softcover in chemise and slipcase, 12 1/2″ x 10″ (32 x 25.5 cm), numbered 2570/2850. With an introduction by Matisse – “L’étude du portrait parait oubliée aujourd’hui .” Cover illustration and frontispiece are both original lithographs. 93 reproductions of portraits, including 60 in black and white and 33 in colour, chosen by Matisse. The last book composed by Matisse. Plates, text, and cover fine. Glassine wrapper with two small archival tape repairs at back. Chemise showing sunning to spine and two small repairs at bottom corners. Slipcase showing sunning, several small stains and flaws, and one repair at edge. Please email for more photos.

12 – The Chronicle of Clemendy by Arthur Machen – Carbonnek, 1888

Item Price: CAN$200 / |US$160

Item Description: In paper covered boards with vellum spine. No. 193 of a limited edition of 250. Inscribed by author on ffep: “W.E. Clery with the author’s compliments.” Browning to endpapers, owner bookplate to front pastedown, darkening to vellum spine, heavy wear to tips. Text block near fine.

13 – Medical Student Photo Album from 1905

Item Price: CAN$1200 / US$960

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 photos.

14 – The Fleuron: A Journal of Typography – Complete in Seven Volumes

Item Price: CAN$1500 / US$1200

Item Description: Seven hardcover volumes in protective acetate sleeves. The complete run of this influential journal of typographic arts. Published between 1923 and 1930. Edited by Oliver Simon (volumes 1 through 4) and Stanley Morison (volumes 5 through 7).

Some highlights:
Volume One: 1923. Francis Meynell & Stanley Morison Printers’ flowers and Arabesques.
Volume Two: “The Planning of Printing” by D.B. Updike, “Towards an Ideal Type” by Stanley Morison.
Volume Three: 1924. Articles on the development of the book, W.A. Dwiggins, D.B. Updike and the Merrymount Press, and modern styles in music printing in England.
Volume Four: 1925. An essay by Frederic Warde on the work of Bruce Rogers.
Volume Five: 1926. Essay by Beatrice Warde (writing as Paul Beaujon) on the historically inaccurate attribution of Jean Jannon’s types to Claude Garamond.
Volume Six: 1928. Articles on Rudolf Koch and Geofroy Tory, an essay by Beatrice Warde (writing as Paul Beaujon) called On Decorative Printing in America and Decorated Types by Stanley Morison.
Volume Seven: 1930. Specimens of Perpetua, Centaur Roman, Monotype Bembo and Lutetia. Beatrice Warde essay, Eric Gill: Sculptor of Letters and a complete reprinting of The Passion of Perpetua and Felicity with type and illustrations by Eric Gill. A famous essay by Stanley Morison, First Principles of Typography.

Many illustrations, tipped in booklets, type samples, and delightful little surprises. A few scattered flaws here and there (minor dings, one interior hinge worn, some light foxing in a few of the volumes). Overall very near fine condition. Please feel free to email for more information or photos.

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

Item Price: CAN$750 / US$600

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.

16 – The Pageant of Peking: Comprising Sixty-Six Vandyck Photogravures of Peking and Environs from Photographs by Donald Mennie – Shanghai, 1920

Item Price: CAN$1100 / US$875

Item Description: Text by Putnam Weale
Photographs by Donald Mennie
Shanghai: A. S. Watson & Co., 1920
12″ x 15 1/2″ hardcover in original boards with perished blue silk gone, rebound in Japanese paper with leather spine and corners. Number 958 of a limited edition of 1,000. 66 sepia-toned photogravures tipped in.
Several small indentations to title page, light scattered spotting to front endpapers, toning to page edges, text block otherwise fine. Please email for more photos.

17 – A History of the University of Oxford, Its Colleges, Halls, and Public Buildings. London: Ackermann, 1814

Item Price: CAN$4250 / US$3400

Item Description: Two hardcover volumes, 11 1/2″ x 13 5/8″. Vol. I illustrated with black and white stipple engraving of Lord Grenville and 30 colour aquatints of Oxford architecture. Vol. II illustrated with 34 colour aquatints of Oxford architecture and 17 of Oxford costumes. Rebacked with original spines laid down, creases to endpapers, offsetting of aquatints to adjacent text pages as usual, overall very good + condition. Please email for more photos.

18 – The Colophon: A Book Collector’s Quarterly – Complete Set, 48 volumes 1930-1950

Item Price: CAN$2500 / US$2000

Item Description: The Colophon began publishing in 1930, and went through several iterations during challenging times for publishing. Due to its complex publishing history, partial sets are often offered as “complete”.

I am offering here the complete, complete set which includes:

The Colophon: A Book Collector’s Quarterly [the original series]. Twenty volumes, 1930-1934, housed in five chemises and slipcases. Included in this series is the original, pencil- signed David Milne drypoint “Hilltop”, in volume five, and the Gustave Baumann woodcut “An Eagle Ceremony at Tesuque Pueblo”, in volume twelve.

Index to the original series, published in 1935.

The Colophon New Series: A Quarterly for Bookmen. Twelve volumes, 1935-1938, housed in three leather slipcases.

The Annual of Bookmaking, one volume, 1938.

The Colophon: New Graphic Series. Four volumes, 1939-1940, housed in a chemise and slipcase that match those of the original series.

The New Colophon. Nine volumes, 1948-1950, eight housed in a cloth covered slipcase.

An Index to the Colophon New Series, The Colophon New Graphic Series, and The New Colophon by Dean H. Keller, published by The Scarecrow Press in 1968.

All volumes in very good or better condition, with scattered flaws. Slipcases showing stains from handling. Please email for more photos. Please note that this large set will incur substantial shipping charges, moreso if shipped outside of Canada. Free pickup is welcomed in Kingston, Ontario.

19 – Through the Dragon’s Eyes by L. C. Arlington – London: Constable, 1931, signed first

Item Price: CAN$375 / US$300

Item Description: 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. Please email for more photos.

20 – Cinquante Eaux-Fortes de Sylvain Sauvage – Paris: Cotinaud, 1920

Item Price: CAN$1500 / US$1200

Item description: Cinquante Eaux-Fortes de Sylvain Sauvage Pour Illustrer Les Memoires de Jacques Casanova de Seingalt Venitien

50 etchings on laid paper, housed in chemise within slipcase. The plate lines for the etchings are 3 3/8″ x 5 5/8″ (8.5 x 14.5 cm), on paper measuring 7 1/4″ x 11″ (18.5 x 28 cm). Number 197 from a limited edition of 275, numbered and signed by Sylvain Sauvage. “Il a été tiré de cette suite 1 exemplaire unique sur vieux japon avec cinquainte dessins originaux signés par l’artiste; 25 exemplaires sur japon impérial numérotés de 1 a 25; 250 exemplaires sur Hollande numérotés de 26 a 275; et 15 exemplaires hors-commerce numérotés de I a XV. Les planches ont été détruites après tirage. Exemplaire no 197 [signé] Sylvain Sauvage” Some expected wear to slipcase, all etchings in fine condition. Scarce. Please email for more photos.

21 – Lewis et Irene by Paul Morand – 1925 limited edition with colour plates

Item Price: CAN$800 / US$640

Item Description: Lewis et Irene
Paul Morand
Illustrated by Jean Oberle
Paris: Editions Emile-Paul Freres
1925
In design binding with green and maroon leather highlighted with black suede and gilt. Black suede doublures surrounded by green and maroon leather frame highlighted in gilt. Painted endpapers backed with fabric. All edges gilt. Illustrated with 15 colour plates by Jean Oberle. No. 116 from a limited edition of 500. This book continues to show very well as it approaches its 100th birthday. Please email for more photos.

22 – Jean and Jeanette – one of 20 copies, 1894

Item Price: CAN$800 / USD$640

Item Description: Jean and Jeanette
Theophile Gautier
illustrated by Adolphe Lalauze
Paris: Societe des Beaux Arts, 1894
Finely bound in green leather with gilt, white, blue, and red design on both boards and spine, gilt floral doublures, fabric endpapers. “Édition de Deux Mondes. Limited to Twenty Copies, of which Nine Copies are for America.” Lettered copy. Extensively illustrated with fine engravings, each present as a hand-tinted example followed by a black and white version. Heavy wear to interior and exterior hinges, otherwise near fine condition. Rare. Théophile Gautier (1811-1872) was a French poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, and art and literary critic. Jean and Jeannette, one of his lesser-known works, was first published in1846. Adolphe Lalauze (1838-1906) was a prolific French etcher who illustrated many books. Please email for more photos.

23 – Japanese shunga pillow book in accordion style

Item Price: CAN$550 / US$440

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). More shunga available; please inquire.

24 – Festive Wine – 21 signed prints by Haku Maki, 1969

Item Price: CAN$3300 / US$2600

Item Description: Number 91 from a limited edition of 150. Hardcover in handmade paper dust jacket housed in wooden box. Illustrated with 21 original prints signed and numbered by Haku Maki. “The first one hundred and fifty copies have been issued in enlarged, deluxe format, each containing twenty-one original woodblock prints, printed and signed by the artist. After the printing of the one hundred and fifty sets, plus fifty sets for separate sale and five sets for artist’s proofs, the blocks were destroyed. The paper used is handmade kyokushi or japanese imperial vellum, which derives its remarkable strength from the fibers of the mitsumata plant (edgeworthia papyrifera). It was made by cottage industry in the Sadatomo region of Fukiu prefecture and is watermarked with the seal of the artist. The binding is of hemp and top-grain goatskin, stamped in genuine gold foil. Composed by General Printing Company, Yokohama, and Kenkyusha, Tokyo, in Perpetua type and printed by Kenkyusha. Bound at the Makoto binderies, Tokyo. This copy, signed and sealed by the artist, is number 91.” Some creasing to the dust jacket, and discoloration to the paper where an acetate window was pasted on so that the title on the spine of the book is visible. One inch chip from the edge of the wooden box. Otherwise book, dust jacket, and box are all very near fine. A beautiful and unusual book, sensitively produced and well preserved. Please email for more photos.

25 – Art of This Century – 1942 art catalogue edited by Peggy Guggenheim

Item Price: CAN$500 / USD$400

Item Description: Art of This Century : Objects, Drawings, Photographs, Paintings, Sculpture, Collages, 1910 to 1942
edited by Peggy Guggenheim
New York: Art of This Century, 1942
Hardcover in yellow boards with Max Ernst line drawing on front cover. Illustrated in black and white. Andre Breton preface printed in green. Text on last page: “Of This Book 2500 copies have been printed by the Publishers Printing Company Produced under the direction of Inez Chatfield for Art Aid Corporation 219 East 49th Street, New York”. A few tiny spots on front cover, a bit of light sunning on back cover, some light wear at head of spine. Some light browning and a bit of residue from a bookplate to endpapers. Text block very near new. An important document from the height of the Modernist era, edited by one of its central characters.

26 – Saul Raskin Hebraica

Item Price: CAN$190 / US$150

Item Description: New York: Allied Arts Guild, 1953
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” Portfolio showing very heavy wear with some loss to one of the tabs. All plates in near new condition.

27 – The British King Who Tried to Fly by Howard C. Levis – London: The Chiswick Press, 1919

Item Price: CAN$250 / US$200

Item Description: “100 copies printed for private distribution.” Illustrated in black and white. Bookplate of George Harvey on front pastedown. A few dings to boards, some browning to endpapers, text block near new, pages uncut after page 16. Rare.

28 – La Beauté : Les plus belles photographies d’apres les plus beaux modeles : Album VII

Item Price: CAN$125 / USD$100

Item Description: Paris: Paris Art Editions, circa. 1922
80 photographs numbered 481 to 560. 6″ x 7 1/4″, 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. Issue XI also available, please inquire.

29 – Les Tres Riches Heures de Louttre B – Paris, 1985

Item Price: CAN$1750 / US$1400

Item Description: Twelve intaglio engravings with accompanying engraved text pages. Number 2 of a limited edition of 90, of which numbers 2 through 13 are printed on Auvergne Richard de Bas. Pencil signed and numbered by Louttre B. Unbound in plain brown paper cover, housed in burlap box. Area of wear at corner of box, pages as new. A beautiful homage to the famed medieval book of hours “Les Tres Riches Heures de Jean Duc de Berry”, which was created in the early 1500s.

Louttre B (1926-2012), born Marc-Antoine Bissière, was a prolific and eclectic French artist, working in the fields of painting, engraving, stained glass, and sculpture. His work reflects an appreciation of colour, dream landscapes, and rural domesticity.

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30 – Berthe Hoola van Nooten – Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages de l’Ile de Java – Tarlier 1863

Item Price: CAN$7500 / US$6000

Item Description: Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages Choisis de la Flore et de la Pomone de l’Ile de Java
Berthe Hoola van Nooten
Brussels: Emile Tarlier, 1863
In period case constructed using a livraison cover. 23 1/4 x 17 5/8 inches (59 x 45 cm). 40 chromolithographed plates after the drawings of Van Nooten, some heightened with added color or gum arabic. An exceptionally fine series of plates of flowers and fruits, the latter including cacao, papaya, durian, mangosteen, cashew, sweetsop, banana, etc. Following the death of her husband, Berthe Hoola van Nooten moved to Java with her brother, a weathy merchant. “Van Nooten was clearly a more than competent artist, for the splendid tropical plants, with their lush foliage, vividly coloured flowers and exotic fruit, have been depicted with great skill. She managed to accentuate the splendour of each species by adopting a style that combined great precision and clarity with a touch of neo-Baroque exuberance, reveling in the rich forms and colours of the tropics. The excellent reproduction of the artist’s drawings in the form of chromolithographs lends a tactile quality to these striking images.” [Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi, An Oak Spring Flora, 1997]. The portfolio case stained at the foot, minute staining to the extreme lower margin of the first third of the work, some slight tissue adhesions noted to a couple of plates, other minor evidences of soil and wear, but in all an attractive copy of a distinctly scarce work, apparently untrimmed. Great Flower Books, p. 60; Nissen BBI 931; Stafleu 3025. Please email for more information or photos.

NEW Item #1:   A Treatise on Christian Doctrine by John Milton – Cambridge 1825 1st edition

Item Price: CAN$1600 / US$1250​

Item Description: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press for Charles Knight, 1825.
Rebound in modern full leather with decorative endpapers. Text block in fine condition, a few small dings to leather boards. Exceedingly rare first edition.