Karol Krysik Books  –  Booth 1 of 2

Karol Krysik Books was established in 2010. We are based in Toronto, Canada. We are a general antiquarian bookshop with a focus on folklore, legends, fairy tales, publishers’ bindings, illustrated books, detective/crime fiction, literature, history and art.

We occasionally issue lists and catalogues and participate in bookfairs in Canada and abroad.
We buy individual books and collections, as well as ephemera, posters, photographs, archives and other interesting and unusual or rare items.

Karol Krysik Books is a proud member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Canada (ABAC), the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) and we adhere to these organizations’ strict codes of ethics.

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1. Vestments. Catalogue. St. Thomas Ontario

Item Price: $150  

Item Description: Murray McCance Vestment Maker. 54 Hiawatha Street, St. Thomas Ontario.
Sussex: Dolphin Press Limited, 1959. Soft cover. Near Fine. Item #42545

12mo. Pink pictorial wraps with black and red lettering, slight sunning and wear on the spine. Contains 12 black letterpress illustrations and 10 red decorations. Three photographs laid in, the fold-out one is dated 1964-5. Advertising chapbook. Pp. (26). Mr. McCance learned to make vestments at an abbey when he became a monk of the Cisterian Order. Eventually he left the order and took it up as his business and set up in St. Thomas Ontario. Rare catalogue.


2. Souvenir Views Land of Evangeline Nova Scotia, Canada. EDSON GRAHAM

Item Price:  $325

Item Description: Souvenir Views Land of Evangeline Nova Scotia, Canada
Wolfville, N. S. Edson Graham, Photographer, 1930. Edson Graham. Soft cover. Very Good. Item #42589

Oblong 12mo. Green cards, gilt, faded, spine chipping, two black spots on the rear cover. Held together by a gold string. Former owner’s name, “R. A. Ruck Sept. 21, 1965” inside cover. Viewbook contains 12 plates of black & white photographs, all separated by protective tissues. A wonderful viewbook, very scarce.

3. Salem (The Mother City)

Item Price: $150

Item Description: Salem (The Mother City.)
Boston: Chas. B. Webster, 1892. Soft cover. Very Good. Item #42591

Oblong 8vo. Kraft wraps, black lettering, spine starting to chip at head and heel. Binding string. Viewbook. Containing 8 photographs. Foxing on picture 1, a little damp-staining in the margins of pictures 7 and 8. Rare viewbook.

4. Panorama of Canadian Scenery

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Item Description: Panorama of Canadian Scenery
London, Ont. W. Bryce, 1885. Soft cover. Very Good. Item #42584

32mo. c. 1885. Printed wraps, blue lettering, faint soiling and a small scuff to rear cover. Dotted staining on the rear pages and inside rear cover. Viewbook contains 12 pages of coloured illustrations, folded accordion-style. Leporello format. Scarce.

8vo. 640pp., with last page mis-numbered. More recent reback in smooth black calf over the original leather boards. Thick gilt titles right on the spine, slightly off and imperfect, spine faded at the top. Edges a little scuffed and the contents with very little spotting, overall a clean and tight copy. With 40 illustrations, mostly in colour. This copy lacking 4 plates listed, with 4 plates added (not listed). The missing plates include; Indian Settlement, The Eagle, The Bison, The Grizzly Bear. The plates present and not in the list of illustrations include coloured portraits of Chiefs; Black Hawk, Iroquois Chief, Chief of the Delawares, Mandan Chief.

5. Saskatoon. Viewbook. Folding Panoramic view.

Item Price: $175

Item Description: Saskatoon
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Saskatoon Board of Trade, 1912. Soft cover. Near Fine. Item #42585

Oblong 24mo. Pictorial wraps with red and black lettering, minor denting to the edges, tears around the staples, and soiling to the rear cover. Viewbook contains 33 coloured pictures, mostly photographs.The 5-panel accordion-style panorama at the back is torn at the first fold. Interior otherwise clean.

6. Souvenir and Official Program London Old Boys Reunion and Summer Carnival August 3 to 8, 1908

Item Price: $150

Item Description: Souvenir and Official Program London Old Boys Reunion and Summer Carnival August 3 to 8, 1908
1908. Soft cover. Very Good. Item #42592

Oblong 12mo. Gray card wraps, gilt, green and white, tears at the edges and head and heel, and spots on spine. Gray binding string. Light thumbing on pages 17 and 18, but otherwise clean throughout. The London Old Boys organization was a group of men who all had some association to the Ontario city.

7. Jamaica via the Great White Fleet

Item Price:  $50

Item Description: Jamaica via the Great White Fleet: United Fruit Company Steamship Service to Jamaica, Panama Canal, Central and South America
1913. Soft cover. Good. Item #42593

12mo. 47pp. Kraft card, green and gilt, bottom corner missing, small dampstains near spine and on rear cover, small tear on rear cover. First 3 pages dog eared at the top and minor soiling at the extremities, but otherwise clean.


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Item Description: Birks
Henry Birks & Sons Limited (Two Catalogues for 1908 & 1915)
Montreal: Henry Birks & Sons Limited, 1908. 1st Edition. Soft cover. 8vo – over 7¾ – 9¾” tall. Very Good. Item #42580

Two catalogs, 1908 (i) and 1915 (ii). (i) Cream embossed pictorial wraps, brown ink, edges a little dented, dampstain on bottom right front, foxing to spine, and chipped near rear bottom corner. Four pages dog-eared, and dampstain continues, but otherwise clean interior. Envelope tipped in containing ring sizing card. Additional envelope and order form loose. (ii) Cream embossed pictorial wraps, black lettering, bent at bottom, chipped on heel, browned on back. Small tear to bottom pf page 89 but otherwise clean interior. Contains some plates with 1 colour. Three supplementary catalogs, 6 pages, 2 pages, and 2 pages, laid in. One of the order forms, still present, has been detached. Large octavo. Henry Birks started with a single store, that eventually grew to the Birk’s chain we know today. These catalogues show that they used to sell a much wider variety of goods.

9. Souvenir of Saskatoon, Sask.

Item Price: $125

Item Description: Souvenir of Saskatoon, Sask.
Montreal: Novelty Mfg. & Art Co. Ltd., 1910. Soft cover. 48mo – over 3 – 4″ tall. Near Fine. Item #42581

No date. c.1910. Clean brown card covers, black lettering. Minor foxing to the front edge, but otherwise clean interior. Viewbook contains 18 colour pictures of Saskatoon. Leporello format.

206 pp. Bound in reddish brown card covers with printing in black on front cover. Some age toning to pages, spine is wrinkled, back cover is creased at lower left corner. Still a very nice copy of this scarce Canadian service manual.

10. Views of Toronto

Item Price: $150

Item Description: Views of Toronto
New York: Adolf Witteman, Souvenir Albums, 1887. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #42583

12mo. 14 pages of b & w photographs of Toronto, sometimes two to a page. Red pictorial cloth, gilt and black decoration, minor scuffs, spots on the spine, and damp-stain on the rear edge. Blue pencil from previous owner on the final verso, and chipped endpapers, but otherwise clean.

11. Modern Illuminated Manuscript

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Item Description: Henry Pahud
Prieres pendant la Messe. Modern Illuminated Manuscript.
Lyon: Henry Pahud, 1903. Leather. Near Fine. Item #42603

32mo, 36pp. [10] blank. In full calf with gilt stamped border designs to both boards and spine, with gilt title on red leather spine label. Housed in a blank cloth chemise and slipcase. Early 20th century illuminated manuscript containing prayers during mass. Produced for the commissioner’s grandson Henry Pahud, in memory of his first communion. Appears unfinished. With one full page miniature of Jesus at the beginning. With 11 large initials, and several smaller ones. Each page with a different hand-painted border, with 11 unique figures (angels, strange creatures etc.) within borders and on the last page. Rear board with a small nick, some very little foxing throughout and some darkening along the gutter of a few leaves but overall a fine little volume.

12. Works of Ovid

Item Price: $575

Item Description: Ovid. Publius Ovidius Naso; Burman, Pieter [Pieter Burman the elder]
Publii Ovidii Nasonis Operum
Amstaelodami: Apud Rod. & Gerh. Westenios, 1713. Leather. Very Good. Item #42602

Three vols. 32mo, [60], 302; 340, [17], 370pp. Bound in full green morocco with gilt decorated and lettered spines. Spines sunned, very light rubbing to the board edges, front cover of volume 3 slightly bent, all clean throughout. Nice clean uncommon edition of Ovid’s works.

13. Emblem Book with 101 Engravings. 1735.

Item Price: $725

Item Description: Luyken, Jan [Luiken]
De Bykorf des Gemoeds
Te Amsteldam: Kornelis van der Sys, 1735. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #42601

12mo. P.l. 10, 404pp, [2]. Engraved title-page. In full calf with gilt spine lettering and gilt compartments. Boards very lightly bowed, light edgewear, but very good, light foxing and occasional very light staining, but generally clean throughout. A nice early 18th century edition of this emblematic work, complete with 101 engravings.


Item Price: $125

Item Description: Kyoto Hotel
Kyoto: Kyoto Hotel, 1930. Soft cover. Fine. Item #42600

No date, c. 1930. 16mo. Twice stapled spine. Coloured wrappers. Black and white illustrations throughout. 31pp. plus several pages of ads at rear. A fine copy, clean and bright throughout. A scarce little souvenir booklet produced by Kyoto Hotel.

15. The Art of Norval Morrisseau (Limited Boxed Edition) SIGNED WITH PRINTS…

Item Price: $7000

Item Description: Pollock, Jack; Alistair Lister
The Art of Norval Morrisseau (Limited Boxed Edition)
First Edition. Hardcover. New. Item #42599

Gallery Edition, boxed, 1979. Box [60 x 51cm]. Box covered in cream cloth with leather straps binding the top and bottom together. The straps are looped through a leather buckle and held in place with small hand-cut twigs. In the center of the box is a tooled leather cut-out with Morrisseau’s name in the Cree syllabic. The sides of the box are made of a light-coloured wood. The entire package is in Fine condition, save the wrinkled wax paper covering the actual book. The Art of Norval Morrisseau, by Lister Sinclair and Jack Pollock. Oblong 4to. Fine copy, no dust jacket as issued, unread. The book is the same as the trade edition except it has been completely bound in a leather matching the straps on the exterior of the box. Signed by Morrisseau. The book rests on a hard tray to keep the book from moving around in the box. The tray the book rests on lifts out, revealing the portfolio of serigraphs underneath. All of the serigraphs are Fine, as issued, each being just a bit smaller than the dimensions of the box. Each serigraph is signed by Morrisseau in Syllabics. Each serigraph is numbered and signed. The titles of the serigraphs are: The Dawn / Shaman Conjuring Speech / Composition with Loons / Young Gulls Watching / Shaman and Apprentice. A fine copy. Limited edition. In the original shipping carton.

16. Misrepresentative Women

Item Price:  $75

Item Description: Graham, Harry
Misrepresentative Women
New York: Duffield & Company, 1906. Dan Sayre Groesbeck. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #42598

First US edition. 12mo, x, 115pp. Publisher’s attractive pictorial paper boards, with the same design to the rear board by Dan Sayre Groesbeck, with illustrations in black and white throughout and accompanying humorous verse on Marie Corelli, Mary Baker Eddy and others. Board edges and corners with light wear, clean throughout and the binding tight and square. The front board image is slightly faded, the rear cover a little brighter. Nice copy.

17. Daughters of Eve

Item Price: $50

Item Description: Trowbridge, W.R.H.
Daughters of Eve
New York: Brentano’s, 1912. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #42579

8vo. 316pp. First US edition, from the UK sheets. Decorated black cloth with gilt lettering. Bumping and wear to the cloth at the corners and spine ends, with a small hole in the cloth at the spine. Top edge gilt. Clean throughout, binding tight and square. Illustrated throughout. Nice copy.

18. The Funeral March (Inscribed w/ letter)

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Item Description: Buchan, Susan
The Funeral March (Inscribed w/ letter)
London: The Hogarth Press, 1935. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good / Very Good. Item #42578

8vo. 96pp. Black cloth, gilt lettered spine. Very lightly bumped corners, spine ends lightly bumped, offsetting to last page from laid-in enveloped. Dust jacket with little nicks and chips in the corners, spine ends lightly wrinkled and chipped, spine a bit darkened, short rip and faint crease to rear panel and a small scratch/rip to the dust jacket on the word “March” of the title. Dust jacket design by Vanessa Bell. Inscribed by author on the front endpaper to long-time Arts and Letters Club, Toronto member Wallace Joyce, dated Elsfield, 1947. [WITH] 4pp. letter on Elsfield Manor stationary to W. Joyce (signed Susan Tweedsmuir, 1947). Susan Buchan was the wife of Former Governor General of Canada, John Buchan (Lord Tweedsmuir). The Funeral March is the story of the Duchess of Albany, the illegitimate daughter of “Bonnie Prince Charlie.” A unique inscribed copy in the exquisite Vanessa Bell dust jacket.

19. The Story of Cupid & Psyche. WILLIAM MORRIS / RAMPANT LIONS PRESS

Item Price: $4250

Item Description: Morris, William
The Story of Cupid & Psyche
London: Rampant Lions Press, 1974. William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. 1st Edition Deluxe Issue. Leather. Folio. Near Fine. Item #42577

Two volumes in dark blue morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with tan gilt lettered title labels on spine. Housed in decorated cardboard slipcase. Also included a solander box of quarter blue morocco over decorated boards. Limted edition of 130 copies of the deluxe edition numbered in Roman. This is number C. Volume one with text by A.R. Duffyand 26 plates. Volume two with the text by Morris with 44 engravings. Solander box with folio set of all the drawings and engravings undbound. This was a Kelmscott project never completed. THe drawings were kept by Morris family and given to the Society of Antiquaries in 1938 and rediscovered in the 60’s and now published in 1974 in this exquisite edition. Minor wear only.

20. History of the British Expedition to Egypt;…

Item Price: $750

Item Description: Wilson, Robert Thomas
History of the British Expedition to Egypt; to which is subjoined, a sketch of the present state of that country and its means of defence. Illustrated with maps, and a portrait of Sir Ralph Abercromby
London: T. Egerton, 1803. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #42576

Second edition. 4to, xxi, [1] errata, 387pp. [1]. Frontis portrait, four folding maps/plans, two folding tables. Mid twentieth century full calf, name and date stamped in gilt to the spine, with a morocco leather title label in gilt, compartments and bands in gilt and a decorated gilt stamped border to the front board and rear. The corners a little scuffed, one lightly bumped, the boards and spine with several light scuffs and scratches and a fade to the spine. Light foxing and offsetting to the frontis portrait and title-page, with little spotting or foxing throughout. One of the maps folded back with extra folds, two maps with small repairs to margin rips, but overall a good clean copy. Binding ticket of A. Winstanley Artist & Bookbinder, Salisbury England.

21. The Last of the Buffalo: Comprising A History of the Buffalo Herd of the Flathead Reservation and An Account of the Great Round Up

Item Price: $300

Item Description: The Last of the Buffalo: Comprising A History of the Buffalo Herd of the Flathead Reservation and An Account of the Great Round Up
Cincinnati: Tom Jones, 1909. First Edition. Soft cover. Very Good / No Jacket. Item #42575

Oblong 12mo. [140 x 350 mm]. A collection of panoramic photographic plates stapled into printed paper covers, with decorative sewn binding. Minimal wear to spine of wrappers, with a short nick to the upper edge of the front cover toward spine. In original mailing envelope, which does have some modest soiling and staining, and some wear which has been professionally repaired at some point.

22. A Little Journey to the Yellowstone Park. Roycrofters

Item Price: $80

Item Description: Hubbard, Elbert and Alice Hubbard
A Little Journey to the Yellowstone Park
East Aurora, Erie County, New York State: Roycrofters, 1915. Soft cover. Very Good. Item #42574

Soft Cover. [200 x 150mm]. 28pp, plus photographs. Spine bound by beige string. Light wear to spine ends and light wear to the edges. Some offsetting from inside front cover; offsetting from inside rear cover to last page. Includes text and images of Yellowstone. Excellent condition.

23. Veterum Persarum Et Parthorum Et Medorum Religionis Historia.

Item Price: $750

Item Description: Hyde, Thomas
Veterum Persarum Et Parthorum Et Medorum Religionis Historia.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1760. Hardcover. Good. Item #42573

4to, [40], 580pp. 20 engraved plates on 19 sheets, 5, folding and 1 folding letterpress table. Contemporary calf with gilt titles on two red morocco leather labels, binding well worn but solid, joints cracked, some light to moderate foxing, tears in two leaves repaired without any loss to printed material. Second and best edition, first was 1700, edited by George Costard and Thomas Hunt.

24. Ambrose Bierce. Battle Sketches

Item Price: $275

Item Description: Bierce, Ambrose
Battle Sketches
London: Shakespeare Head Press, 1930. Thomas Derrick. Hardcover. Good. Item #42572

4to. 88pp, [1] – colophon. Bound in original vellum, yapp edges, with gilt lettered front board and spine. The vellum heavily scuffed and darkened, blue ink gift inscription to the front endpaper and a blue ink scuff to the rear board. The rear endpaper with a crease and two short rips, and the very top edge corner of the first half of the text block with a small stain. Interiors clean and the binding tight, but boards overall a bit grubby. The eighteenth book published by The First Edition Club. One of 350 copies printed by The Shakespeare Head Press. Designed and arranged by Bernard H. Newdigate.

25. Lhasa. An account of the country and people of Central Tibet…

Item Price: $950

Item Description: Landon, Perceval
Lhasa. An account of the country and people of Central Tibet and of the progress of the mission sent there by the English government in the Year 1903-4
London: Hurst & Blackett, Ltd., 1905. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Item #42571

2 volumes. Large 8vo. xix, [1], 414; xi, [1], 426pp. Original gilt stamped burgundy buckram, top edges gilt, bookplate of Lord Mount-Stephen to each pastedown. Light foxing and offsetting to the front endpapers. Complete with all maps and plates. The boards sunned at the edges, the spines with faint little stains and heavily faded. Clean and tight throughout, the bindings just slightly cocked.

26. The Works of William Shakespeare.

Item Price: $150

Item Description: Shakespeare, William
The Works of William Shakespeare. From the text of the Rev. Alexander Dyce’s fourth edition…
New York: John W. Lovell Company, 1885. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #42570

4 vols. Small 8vo. Publisher’s burgundy cloth with gilt lettered and decorated spines. Complete works, includes the Sonnets. Volume four with a couple of faint splashes to the front board and a tear in the title-page, each volume with a neat Xmas gift inscription to the first blank, else a clean set in tight and square bindings. With illustrations throughout in black and white.

27. Evil Eye in the Western Highlands

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Item Description: Maclagan, R. C.
Evil Eye in the Western Highlands
London: David Nutt, 1902. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #42569

First edition. 8vo, vii, [1], 232pp. Brown cloth with black lettering to front board and titles to spine in gilt, light bumping to the spine ends, neat ownership signature to the front endpaper, else a clean, rather near fine copy.

28. Wild Flowers of The Pacific Coast. 24 Large Coloured Illustrations.

Item Price: $300

Item Description: Thayer, Emma Homan
Wild Flowers of The Pacific Coast. From Original Water Color Sketches Drawn From Nature.
New York: Cassell & Company, 1887. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #42565

Folio. [310 x 245 mm]. 64pp. 24 plates. Publisher’s pictorial mustard coloured cloth with gilt lettered title to front board and spine, floral decorated endpapers, all edges gilt. A few nicks in the cloth along the spine and the spine ends with light wear, corners a little rubbed and a small rip in the cloth at the fore-edge of the front board. A couple of light marks to the margins of a two pages, but otherwise a clean throughout and the binding tight and square. A nice clean copy.

29. Roulette at Monte Carlo

Item Price:  $375

Item Description: Lake, Frederick
Roulette at Monte Carlo: 5356 Actual Monte Carlo Numbers Classified and Arranged
New York: Frederick Lake, 1901. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #42567

8vo. Flexible brown cloth boards lettered in black, with roulette wheel and board to the rear cover in black and red. Previous owner’s sticker to corner of pastedown. Edges of boards lightly darkened, with light staining to the bottom fore-edge corners of the first few pages, otherwise a very good clean copy.

30. The Magician: His Training and Work

Item Price  $300

Item Description: Butler, W. E.
The Magician: His Training and Work
London: The Aquarian Press, 1963. Hardcover. Very Good / Very Good. Item #42568

Second impression. 8vo. 176pp. Cream coloured boards with gilt spine lettering. One corner and the spine ends bumped, bookseller’s stamp to front endpaper. Dust jacket light nicked and rubbed at the corners, with wrinkling to the spine ends. A clean and tight copy.