Alan Foljambe, Bookseller

I come to bookselling from a background in art history, focused on William Morris and the Kelmscott Press (Queen’s, 2003-05) and a comparative study of Tibetan Buddhism, Surrealism and Georges Bataille (Manchester 2005-09). Given my predilection for the visual, I am essentially an art dealer in a bookman’s clothing. I deal primarily in illustrated books from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Particular areas of interest include: eighteenth century anatomy books; French Modernism, particularly Surrealism; Japanese art, craft, and culture; natural history; private press and bookbinding. Like most book dealers, I enjoy buying as well as selling, and would be happy to hear from interested sellers of any of the above material. I also buy, collect, and use antique tools and equipment from the letterpress printing and bookbinding trades.

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

Following the imminent completion of the pandemic, I will again be offering my treasures at book shows in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and beyond. I hope to see you!

Contact Dealer

(613) 545-1717

afoljambe@gmail.com

139 Herchmer Crescent
Kingston, ON
K7M 2W1
Canada

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

Item Price: CAN$1750 / US$1400

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.

2 – Horse Anatomy: Six original copperplate engravings from 1790

Item Price: CAN$180 / US$150

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.

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

Item Price: CAN$1400 / US$1100

Item Description: Accordion book in brocade covers with 22 woodcuts.
Qi Bai Shi (1864-1957) was one of the most famous painters of the 20th century and 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. The artist 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.
Creases at bottom corners, gift inscription to endpaper, otherwise fine.

4 – Memoirs of a Canadian portrait artist – J.W.L. Forster – Under the Studio Light

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, no dust jacket. 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.

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

Item Price: CAN$3100 / US$2500

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.

6 – The Canadian Horticulturist Volume XI – Toronto: Fruit Growers of Ontario, 1888

Item Price: CAN$75 / US$60

Item Description: Twelve monthly issues bound in one volume. Illustrated with 12 chromolithographs of flowers and fruits. Scarce.
Hardcover in maroon boards with black titles and decoration to upper board, gilt title to spine. Ex-library from the Legislative Library of Victoria, BC, with bookplate and stamps to endpapers. Pencil writing on rear pastedown, light crunch to upper corner of text block, otherwise text block fine.

7 – Flowers and Fruits of the Island of Java – 40 Botanicals by Hoola Van Nooten – 1863

Item Price: CAN$11,000 / US$8,800​

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.
First Edition. Atlas folio 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.

8 – 46 reprint volumes from the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books

Item Price: CAN$600 / US$480

Item Description: Facsimile editions of works from the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books at the University of Toronto. Published in the 1980s, these reprint volumes allow readers to enjoy classic children’s books that would be unaffordable in their original editions. Most in cardboard slipcases, all in fine condition. 41 classic children’s books + 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

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

Item Price: CAN$3100 / US$2500

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.

10 – Neo Rauch – Taschen, 2010

Item Price: CAN$875 / US$700

Item Description: Neo Rauch
Koln: Taschen, 2010
Hardcover in slipcase, 17 1/2″ x 13 1/2″ x 2 1/4″. Number 625 of a limited edition of 1,100, signed by Rauch. A few slight dings to corners of case, book as new.
Neo Rauch (b. 1960) is a German artist whose paintings mine the intersection of his personal history with the politics of industrial alienation. His work reflects the influence of socialist realism, and owes a debt to Surrealists Giorgio de Chirico and René Magritte, although Rauch hesitates to align himself with surrealism.

11 – For the True Spenser Completist: The Faerie Queene in Japanese

Item Price: CAN$50 / US$38

 

Item Description: The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser – Japanese translation
Hardcover in dust jacket in cardboard slipcase.
Gift inscription on end page, sunning to spine of dust jacket, otherwise as new.

12 – A Comprehensive Concordance to the Faerie Queene 1590

Item Price: CAN$200 / USD$160

Item Description: Tokyo: Kenyusha, 1990.
Hardcover in slipcase, 10 1/2″ x 14 3/4″, 1,215 pages.
Book showing stain to spine, otherwise as new. Slipcase showing some wear and staining. Scarce.

13 – Spenser’s Faerie Queene Illustrated by Walter Crane – London: George Allen, 1894

Item Price: CAN$900 / USD$720

Item Description: Nineteen parts in the original wraps. 85 full-page woodcuts and many in-text woodcut decorations by Walter Crane. Printed on handmade paper. Originally published with wraps extending beyond the text block. Wraps have been trimmed back to text block and backed, and all spines have been replaced. Wraps showing wear and darkening. Text blocks mostly fine; most pages remain uncut. Housed in two custom clamshell boxes.
Excerpt from The Spenser Encyclopedia (p. 389):
“In 1897, J.M. Dent published a two-volume Faerie Queene with 26 black-and white illustrations by Louis Fairfax-Muckley. This edition, however, pales before that published by George Allen (London 1894-7), which was edited by T.J. Wise and profusely illustrated with 88 frontispieces, 55 tailpieces, 7 half titles, and 7 title pages by Walter Crane. Issued in unbound fascicles so that collectors might bind their volumes to suit their tastes, the Wise-Crane Faerie Queene stands as the most ambitious single effort to offer visual commentary on Spenser’s allegory. These illustrations are a fitting climax to the interest in Spenser generated by the gothic revival.”
Held as one of the most beautiful works of the late 19th century arts and crafts movement, Walter Crane’s edition of Spenser’s masterpiece was printed in a limited run of 1,000 copies. It is one of the most highly praised and sought-after works in fine printing history.
Most copies bound in six hardcover volumes; very rare in original wraps.

14 – Tales of a Russian Grandmother – 1st edition, 1933

Item Price: CAN$150 / US$120

Item Description: Garden City / New York: Junior Books / Doubleday, Doran, 1933
Illustrated by Ivan Bilibine
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. 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. Rare.

15 – Sporting Architecture by George Tattersall – 1841

Item Price: CAN$200 / USD$160

Item Description:  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.

16 – Tesuki Washi Shuho: Superior Collection of Hand Made Papers in Japan

Item Price: CAN$2,800 / USD$2,200

Item Description: By Yasuo Kume
Tokyo: Yushodo Booksellers, 1979
Four softcover volumes bound in Japanese style, 8 1/4″ x 12″, housed in a folding chemise. 207 paper samples with text in Japanese. Sun fading to sides of chemise, otherwise new condition.
The technique of making paper by hand arrived in Japan from China during the first half of the seventh century. It is a method that makes the most of the natural strengths of the raw materials and remains fundamentally unchanged today. Yōshi, or “Western paper,” by contrast, is made using machines and chemicals to extract pulp, the color, smoothness, and texture of the paper being determined by the kind of additives used. This allows mass production, but the chemicals damage the fibers and make the paper prone to deterioration.
In 2014, “Washi, craftsmanship of traditional Japanese handmade paper,” was inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Shōsōin treasure house in Nara holds a family register written on domestically produced Minogami paper from the beginning of the eighth century. The history of washi therefore stretches back at least 1,300 years.

17 – Stereoscopic Atlas of Anatomy : Head and Neck Sections I – IV – 1929

Item Price: CAN$450 / US$350​

Item Description: A collection of antique stereoscopic anatomy slides.
Stereoscopic Atlas of Anatomy : Head and Neck Sections I – IV.
By 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.

18 – Tabula Asiae III – 1548 Map of the Area Surrounding the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea

Item Price: CAN$450 / US$350

Item Description: Venice, 1548.
Single page woodcut map, 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. Depicts the land area between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, known today as Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. Two birds in lower right, a monkey and a camel in left margin, and a curiously house-like Noah’s Ark floating in the Caspian. Removed at some point in the last 473 years from Gastaldi’s “Geografia,” a highly influential 16th century atlas.

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

Item Price: CAN$900 / USD$720

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.

20 – Neu Vollkommen Kräuter-Buch – 1731 herbal with hundreds of woodcut illustrations

Item Price: CAN$1800 / US$1500

Item description:  NEU VOLLKOMMEN KRÄUTER-BUCH
D. JACOBI THEODORI TABERNÆMONTANI [TABERNAEMONTANUS]
Basel: Johann Ludwig Königs, 1731
Hardcover in heavily blindstamped leather, 15” x 10”, 1529 pages plus 90 page multilingual index. Text in German blackletter. Illustrated with many hundreds of woodcut illustrations. Two volumes bound in one, consecutively paged with title pages at beginning and at page 663. The pictorial title page and the woodcuts on pages up to page 51 and on page 665 following the second title page have been somewhat crudely hand coloured.
First three pages repaired and reinforced with Japanese paper. Lacking final seven pages of index. Internal hinges open, lacking free endpapers at front and back. Scattered browning within text block.
Jakob Theodore Tabernaemontanus (c. 1525-1590) was known as “the father of German botany”. In 1545 he was mentioned as a student of Hieronymus Bocks. In 1549 he was the private doctor to Count Philipp III of Nassau-Saarbrücken-Weilbrug and from 1562 he studied in Heidelberg. In 1564 he worked as the private doctor of the bishop of Speyer, Marquard von Hattstein, and later as town physician in the independent city of Worms.
The Neu Vollkommen Kräuter-buch, first published in 1588, includes over 2300 woodcut illustrations. Tabernaemontanus worked on it throughout his life. This
work is distinguished from that of his predecessors by the superior quality of its woodcuts and its accurate descriptions. Medical information assumed a role equal to that of botanical description. The work was reprinted in numerous editions until the 18th century.

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

Item Price: CAN$350 / US$290

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 shelf wear 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.

22 – Views in India, China, and On the Shores of the Red Sea – Fisher 1835 – 64 plates

Item Price: CAN$250 / US$200

Item Description: VIEWS IN INDIA, CHINA, AND ON THE SHORES OF THE RED SEA;
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. See photos.

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

Item Price: CAN$800 / US$650

Item Description: Jean and Jeannette by Théophile Gautier – illustrated, one of 20 copies.
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.
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.

24 – 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.

25 – Rare circa. 1800 book on the use of globes

Item Price: CAN$200 / US$150

Item Description: “An Easy and Comprehensive Description of the Terrestrial and Celestial Globes, With Their Several Uses; Containing Definitions, with a great Number of Problems on the Terrestrial and Celestial Globes, with easy Directions for working them: to which is added, a Description of the Solar System, Agreeable to the Latest Improvements” by William Davis.
London: printed for the author, circa. 1800.
4 1/4″ x 7 1/4″, 94 pages.
Second edition of an extraordinarily rare book on maps and globes, rebound in modern leather.

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

Item Price: CAN$800 / US$650

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. Matts and frames available; these prints can be sold and shipped with or without them. More photos available.

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

Item Price: CAN$1600 / USD$1300

Item Description: Accordion book in brocade covers with 22 woodcuts.
Qi Bai Shi (1864-1957) was one of the most famous painters of the 20th century and 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. The artist 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.
Creases at bottom corners, gift inscription to endpaper, otherwise fine.

28 – Antique hand-tinted map of Wales, 1831

Item Price: CAN$320 / USD$250

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.

29 – Kelmscott Press – The Poems of William Shakespeare – 1893

Item Price: CAN$6,200 / USD$5,150

Item Description: “The Poems of William Shakespeare Printed After the Original Copies of Venus and Adonis, 1593. The Rape of Lucrece, 1594. Sonnets, 1609. The Lover’s Complaint.” Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893.
With 7 woodcut initials, 3 pages with woodcut borders; shoulder headings printed in red. 21×15 cm (7¾x5¼”), original full limp vellum, spine lettered in gilt, all ribbon ties present. One of 500 copies printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press. One of the most sought after works of the Kelmscott Press. “Cockerell in 1898 described this volume as ‘one of the rarest books issued from the Press’ because of its popularity.” (Peterson). Slight splitting at front hinge, bookplate tipped in on front pastedown, overall near fine. [Peterson A11]. More photos available.

30 – Antique Willem Blaeu map of Holland, circa. 1640

Item Price: CAN$390 / USD$325

Item Description: “Quarta Pars Brabantiae Cujus Caput Sylvaducis.” Hand tinted copperplate engraving. Plate size: 16 3/8” x 20 5/8”. Paper size: 18 1/4” x 22 1/4”. Decorated with columns of hand-coloured coats of arms on left and right. Central fold as published, overall near fine condition.