David Mason Books

David Mason / Debra Dearlove ABAC/ILAB

David Mason Books recently celebrated our 50th anniversary in business and we have a large open shop in a office building in downtown Toronto. We are a member of the ABAC.

Our specialties are 19th century British & American Literature; Science & Medicine; Canadiana; Canadian Literature; Travel; and interesting antiquarian books. We issue regular eLists (recent acquisitions and subject lists) as well as the occasional printed catalogue in our areas of specialty.

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366 Adelaide Street West, Suite LL05
Toronto, Ontario M5V1R9

1) (T. EATON CO./ADVERTISING FAN) Rare 1920s Colour Fan.

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Item Description: 1. Fan advertising T. Eaton Co. measuring 28.5 cm x 21cm (approx. 11¼” x 8 ½”) colour printed on the front in green, brown, blue, yellow, and white— a large oval with a depiction of the Eaton’s store at Queen & Yonge in Toronto surrounded by an elaborate colour border, circa 1920s (dated from the fact that the Eaton’s Annex is shown, and it was built in 1913). The verso has a printed advertisement headed ‘For Convenience In Shopping The Store Service is at Your Command’ with instructions on how to order if you cannot visit in person, information on the fall and winter catalogue, how to start a deposit account, and how to shop for out-of-town delivery.

A fine example of this attractive fan advertising Eaton’s.

2) (AUTOMOBILE/CANADIAN). Catalogue No. 17. 1927. Service Parts & Accessories for Hudson Cars 1916-1927.

Item Price: $175

Item Description: 2. Toronto: Motor Parts and Service Co. of Canada, 1927. 8vo., orig. printed brown wrappers, 24pp. Illustrated. Fine. A list of parts and prices for Hudson cars.

3) (BOWLES, Carington). (Bowen, Emanuel and Thomas). Bowles’s New Medium English Atlas; Or, Complete Set Of Maps Of the Counties Of England and Wales: Divided Into Their Respective Hundreds, Wapontakes, Wards, Rapes, Lathes, & c…

Item Price: $10,000

Item Description: 3. London: Printed for the Proprietor Carington Bowles, at his Map and Print Warehouse, … (1785.) 4to., full contemporary calf, professionally rebacked with a new spine after the period, contemporary leather spine label. The date has been sanded off the titlepage and “1710–probably” has been written in by a contemporary hand in ink, incorrectly dating the atlas, some minor browning to the first map, some rubbing to the extremities of the binding but in fact a near fine nice example of this atlas.

With 44 double-page maps, all with early outline in colour and a pale salmon wash border. The plates for this atlas were first published by Thomas Kitchin in 1767 in “Atlas Anglicanus,” the maps engraved by Emanuel and Thomas Bowen. This work appeared in parts, issued monthly. There was one further edition of the Atlas before the plates were acquired by Carington Bowles in 1784. In 1785 Bowles published the above work, with a new title and with the maps heavily revised. Kitchin’s imprint on all the maps has been erased, the distances have been erased being replaced by those from London to the major cities and the maps are all numbered in the upper right. This atlas published at a price of L1 16s faced stiff competition from the continued publication of the Ellis atlas and by John Cary’s atlas, priced at 10s 6d and L1 10s respectively.

4) (C.P.R./SETTLER’S INFORMATION). C P Railway Free Facts Farms & Sleepers. Rates and Conditions of Shipping for Colonists and Their Effects (cover title).

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Item Description: (NP: C.P.R., March 1st, 1895). Second edition, so stated. Tall narrow 8vo., (23 cm x 11.5 cm), original pictorial wrappers, 16pp. With the rubberstamp of ‘W.H. Bowman, Agt. Berlin’. William Henry Bowman (1842-1896) druggist and agent for the C.P.R. who operated a drugstore on King Street in Berlin, Ontario as well as acting as a ticket agent for C.P.R. A fine copy of this rare, and seemingly unrecorded pamphlet.

A search in OCLC indicates copies of a different version of this title, publication date attributed as 1899, but all the copies are electronic or microform (CIHM series) taken from an original held by the British Columbia Provincial Archives. We can find no record of any other edition of this pamphlet in the usual sources.

Pages 1-5 provide information on land grants of land held by both the railway and the Canadian government, with the parcels of land available in Manitoba, Assiniboia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. It provides information on the type of land available as well as information on applications and homestead duties. Page 6 gives a list of ‘interesting, neatly printed and accurately illustrated descriptive pamphlets and folders relative to Western Canada. Published by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company.’ The remaining pages contain information about the railway itself; rates, rules and conditions and explanations for the transportation of Settler’s Effects’ (with pp. 9-12 being class, destination, rate tables per 100 lbs); instructions for intending customers; and a Time Card for Settlers without Effects.

5) (CALDECOTT, Randolph). The Complete Pictures and Songs of Randolph Caldecott Engraved and Printed by Edmund Evans. With a Preface by Austin Dobson.

Item Price: $2500

Item Description: London: George Routledge and Sons, 1887. First edition, large paper copy. 1 of 800 copies signed by the publisher.

Folio, bound in full contemporary green morocco, raised bands, elaborate gilt compartments, decorative gilt border on both boards, inner dentelles gilt, t.e.g., 500pp. Profusely illustrated in colour throughout. Some rubbing to the extremities, outer hinges rubbed with the outer front hinge starting at top and foot and tender, but still nice copy in an attractive binding.

6) CANADIAN DANCE & BANQUET CARDS/GUELPH. An assortment of 22 dance, and dance & banquet cards from the 1930s (1934-1940).

Item Price: $600

Item Description: All the cards were printed for dances at institutions located in Guelph, Ontario: the Ontario Agricultural College (16); The Ontario Veterinary College (2); MacDonald Institute (3); and 1 from the University of Guelph Athletics Department. While the printers are not always stated, those that are identified are local Guelph printers. They range in size from 13cm x 7.5 cm to 16cm x 11cm, and the pagination ranges from 4pp.-8pp., with those for dinner dances longer as the menu is printed as well as the ‘dance card’ portion. Some are printed in two colours with a simple design while others are more elaborate- a specific shape or multi-coloured printing. The events are all clearly identified, for example: Sophomore Dance, Junior Dance, Senior Dance, 37 Grad, Conversazione, Valentine’s Banquet, St. Patrick’s Day, Rugby/Soccer Victory Dance.

All are in near fine to fine condition and are charming examples of dance cards as well as Canadian printing in the 1930s.

7) (DOUGLAS, Lord Alfred). Tails With A Twist. The Verses by A Belgian Hare (pseud). The Pictures by E.T. Reed.

Item Price: $400

Item Description: London: Edward Arnold, (1898). First edition. Small oblong 4to., orig. cloth backed pictorial paper boards, 72pp. With ‘nonsense’ rhymes about animals with humourous, coloured illustrations. Bookplate, inner hinges cracked, some soiling and light wear but certainly a very good copy of this book with charming illustrations and rhymes.

8) (HOME DECORATING–CRANE CANADA). Planning Your Bathroom and Kitchen For Today and Tomorrow by Crane.

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Item Description: (Montreal: Crane Limited, nd. late 1940s). Small 4to., orig. colour pictorial wrappers, 23pp. Profusely illustrated, mostly in colour. A fine copy.

Clearly published just after the end of the war, the introduction states ‘Although it may be some time yet before the production and flow of materials approaches normal, it is not too soon to start making your over-all plans for building or remodelling your home. This book has been prepared to fill the immediate need of Canadians for practical guidance in bathroom and kitchen planning.’ The booklet includes layouts for bathrooms and kitchens, various design options with Crane fixtures, and includes practical information on colour choice and storage options in both bathrooms and kitchens.


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Item Description: NP: Published by the Decorative Studios of the Sherwin-Williams Co. of Canada, nd. late 1930s (date extrapolated from the inclusion of a Rockwell Kent illustration of a house done in 1936). Tall 8vo., orig. colour pictorial wrappers, 36pp. Profusely illustrated in colour. Minor scrape on the rear wrapper, some soiling to the perimeter of the upper wrapper but this is still a lovely example of this Sherwin-Williams home decorating booklet.

With a short introduction by Elizabeth Tomson addressed to the ‘modern woman’, this publication provides wide-ranging decorating ideas and tips for every type of room in the house— including sections on Hospitality rooms (halls, living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms); Utility rooms (kitchens, breakfast rooms, bathrooms); Recreations Rooms (including sun porches); Incidentals (accessories, window treatments, closets); Junior’s World (nursery, boys’ & girls’ rooms); Exteriors; Farm Buildings; Painting Hints; Household Suggestions; and Color Notes for the Garden.

10) HUXLEY, Aldous. Brave New World. (First Edition)

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Item Description: London: Chatto and Windus, 1932. First edition. Bookplate, light rubbing to the foot of the spine, spine slightly cocked, but still a near fine copy of this classic work of dystopian literature.

11) (KENT, Rockwell and Frederic Squires). Architec-tonics The Tales of Tom Thumtack.

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Item Description: New York: The William J. Comstock Company, 1914. First edition of Rockwell Kent’s first book. 8vo., orig. blue cloth with elaborate decoration in red and gilt, (174)pp. With illustrations by Kent, text by Squires. A fine bright copy in dustwrapper with a few nicks at the edges but still near fine.

12) MILTON, John. Paradise Lost. A Poem, In Twelve Books……From The Text of Thomas Newton……(WITH): Paradise Regain’d. A Poem In Four Books. To which is added Samson Agonistes: And Poems Upon Several Occasions. From the Text of Thomas Newton.

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Item Description: Birmingham: Printed for John Baskerville for J. and R. Tonson in London,1758. In two volumes. First Baskerville edition. First issue with ‘xi’ for ‘ix’ on pp. 285 and 311 in volume one. Tall 8vo., 19th century brown half morocco, marble boards, (28), (1)-416; lxix, 390pp. Some light rubbing otherwise a near fine copy. Gaskell 4a & 5a.

13) (SPENSER, Edmund). The Faerie Queene, disposed into XII. bookes, Fashioning twelve Morall Vertues. London: H.L. for Mathew Lownes, 1609. Third edition, but the First Folio Edition (first complete in one volume), including the first publication of the two cantos of “Mutabilities”.

Item Price: $10,000  On hold

Item Description: Folio, later (19th century) full brown calf, raised bands, gilt lettering, (2), (1)-(364), (1)pp.

Large woodcut device on each title, woodcut device colophon [McKerrow 211], woodcut frame around the legend at the head of each canto, woodcut tail-pieces, 5-line woodcut initial at the start of each canto.

Titlepage trimmed and mounted (in a manner that the verso is visible), this copy has been professionally rebacked with the spine laide down but this is still a very nice copy of this important edition of Spenser’s Faerie Queene. The general title, part title, and six main cantos are set from the 1596 edition of the first two parts of the poem, but this is the first edition of the two Mutabilitie cantos, often considered some of the most fascinating verses in sixteenth-century literature.

STC 23803; Pforzheimer 971.

14) STEICHEN, Edward. A Life In Photography. (First edition, inscribed by Steichen).

Item Price: $2500

Item Description: Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1963. First edition, first issue. Inscribed by Steichen to “the Brays” who were close friends of his brother-in-law, Carl Sandburg.

4to., cloth, unpaginated.

An about fine copy in dustwrapper with has some minor creasing and a few short tears but is otherwise better than very good but not quite near fine.

15. (CHILDREN’S/YOUNG ADULT). VERNE, Jules. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant. Iere partie, IIe partie, IIIe partie. Illustrations de A. Galland.

Item Price: $125

Item Description: Paris: Librairie Hachette, (1939). In three volumes. Canadian issue with ‘Printed in Canada’ on the verso of the titles. 8vo., orig. colour pictorial wrappers, 255, (1)p ads; 255, (1)pp. ads; (252)pp. Some very light rubbing to extremities, a couple of small brown marks on the spine of volume II but this is still a near fine copy with attractive pictorial wrappers.

First published in 1867-68, the plot of this adventure novel focuses on Captain Grant’s shipwreck and the subsequent search by his children Mary & Robert to find him. The search involves a message in a bottle from the Captain. However, the bottle was retrieved from a shark’s stomach, so it is impossible to trace its origin by the currents. Remaining clues consist of a few words in three languages. They are re-interpreted several times throughout the novel to make various destinations seem likely like Chile, Argentina, Southern Tip of Australia, at some times New Zealand and even the Northern Most Part of Antarctica (to which they never sailed).

NEW Item 1. HENTY, G.A., Louise Tracy, and others. Hazard & Heroism. Being Stories Told by….With Eight Illustrations by W.H.C.Groome.

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Item Description: London: W. and R. Chambers, 1904. First edition, first issue. Tall 8vo., orig. green cloth with pictorial decoration in black, white, red, brown and gilt, bevelled edges, t.e.g., (6), (1)-404, 48pp. ads. With illustrations.

Newbolt 158.1. Dart p.70.

NEW Item 2. (HOUSEHOLD GUIDE). AMERICAN PUBLISHING AND PATENT SPECIALTY CO. The Elite Household Guide And Advertising Register Containing Treatises on the Science of Health, Diet, Dress, Personal Magnetism and Hypnotism, Physical Culture, Palmstry, Character Reading and Many of the Leading Subjects of the Day… Also a Perfect Advertising Medium to Reach the masses, and to Keep the Public In Touch with The Leading Styles, Designs, Fashions, Prices, and Inventions of the Day. Compiled by…

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Item Description: New York: American Publishing and Patent Specialty Company, (1903). Sm.4to., original blue cloth, (2)pp. ads, 266, (30)pp. ads. With the occasional illustration. Lacking 2pp of ads at the beginning (they have been excised), some very light rubbing to the foot of the spine but in fact an about find copy.

This work includes chapters on Mating, and Marriage; Physical Culture; Mesmerism and Hypnotism; Palmistry; Astrology; Composition of Food; Diet for Obesity; Bath and Bathing, and Hints to Mothers; as well as other useful information.

NEW Item 3. (Two Books – One Signed) NICHOLS, Beverley. Cats’ A.B.C. Illustrated by Derrick Sayer [PLUS] (Signed) Cats’ X.Y.Z. Illustrated by Derrick Sayer.

Item Price: $235

Item Description: NICHOLS, Beverley. Cats’ A.B.C. Illustrated by Derrick Sayer
London: Jonathan Cape, (1960). First edition. Pictorial paper boards, 124pp. Discreet name on endpaper otherwise about fine in a dustwrapper with a touch of wear at the spine tip.


Cats’ X.Y.Z. Illustrated by Derrick Sayer.
London: Jonathan Cape, (1961). First edition. Signed by the author. Pictorial paper boards, (126)pp. Name on endpaper, very slight touch of rubbing to spine ends but in fact a fine copy in dustwrapper with minor wear to the tip of the spine.

Listing is for both books.