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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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1) (TORONTO/KING EDWARD HOTEL). (COVER TITLE): King Edward Hotel. Toronto. Canada. ‘This Hotel Is Absolutely Fire-Proof.

Item Price:$850 (CAD)

Item Description: (Toronto: The Hotel, 1911). First edition. With ‘This Book is the Property of the King Edward Hotel and Must Not Be Removed From This Room’ stamped in black at the bottom of the upper board. Folded and laid in is a sheet of contemporary letterhead which has an engraving of the eight-storey hotel at the top. Sm. Oblong 4to. (20 cm x 27.5 cm), orig. red cloth spine and tan cloth boards stamped with the hotel name, place and crest on the upper cover, 60pp. This work was issued without a title-page and begins with the ‘Index’ (the copy in TPL also calls for 60pp. without preliminaries). Profusely illustrated and with many advertisements. Some mottling to the cloth on both boards, heavier along the edges but this is still an unworn attractive copy of this rare item. The copy at TPL is the only copy listed in Voila and OCLC.

‘When it opened in 1903, the hotel was immediately embraced by the city. The fireproof, eight-storey building – designed by eminent Chicago architect Henry Ives Cobb and prominent Toronto architect E.J. Lennox – provided luxury and service in dramatic settings.’

This book, clearly meant as a reference guide for visitors to the hotel, begins with an Index listing the illustrations, pages with information about the hotel and city, and the companies/businesses represented in the advertisements. Pages 7-13 provide descriptive text (on the odd-numbered pages only) about the hotel’s size and construction, services, and amenities: the Kitchen, Cleaning by Compressed Air, The Laundry, Ice Making, Ventilation, The Grand Ball Room, The Grill, Bar and Gentlemen’s Cafe, and the Ladies’ Lounging Room. The fact the hotel is ‘absolutely fire-proof’ is stressed. There are several full- page plates (on the rectos) of the interior of the hotel (Ballroom Kitchen, Ladies’ Lounge, Louis XV Room, etc.) with advertisements by local businesses on the facing pages. Business advertising includes: Ryrie Bros., Limited; Gooderham and Worts’ Distillery; The M. Doyle Fishe Co.; Stone Limited Lithographers; with other businesses/hotels having smaller half-page or quarter-page ads.

Also included is information about the City and its attractions, including population, government and public buildings, railways, neighbourhoods, the Horse Show, the CNE, etc. The section ‘Information to Automobilists’ also includes a map of a possible route for a driving tour of the city. Other sections include an address by Mr. M.J. Gage, President of the Board of Trade of the City of Toronto, Cab Tariffs, Parks of Toronto, lists of churches by denomination, and a description of ‘Attractive Street Car Rides About the City’.

A wonderful depiction of the early years of one of Toronto’s finest and most storied hotels.

2) (Fine Binding). BALZAC, Honoré de. Le Colonel Chabert. Lithographies Originales de Jean Pichard. (Finely Bound and Signed by John Saks)

Item Price: $1,250 (CAD)

Item Description: (Mayenne: Joseph Floch, Maitre Imprimeur, 1944). 1 of 500 numbered copies, this one of 350 on Vélin pur chiffon, with lithographs. Inscribed by the binder “Bound for Arden With Love Christmas 1972 Johnny”. Small 4to., finely bound and signed by John Saks in full teal morocco with rectangular morocco inlays in medium green, mustard, purple, and red, detailed in gilt, (171)pp. Spine very faintly sunned, else fine.

The binder, John Saks, is in fact John A. Saks, whose family founded the Saks department stores. An avid collector of books and bindings, and his extensive collection of books printed by the Ashendene Press was sold at Christie’s in 1982. Saks also studied bookbinding with a binder located on Park Avenue. (https://www.zip06.com/profile/20151223/angela-chapnick-bringing-bookbinding-to-life) . Notes in the Princeton Alumni Weekly state that after his retirement as VP of Saks he pursued ‘his hobbies of bookbinding and collecting’ This binding was a presentation from Saks to his wife, Arden Leeds, who he married in 1941.

3)  BAYLISS, F.C. The Master Salesman. Being a handbook of technical information and instruction for the use and training of salesmen.

Item Price: $250 (CAD)​

Item Description: (London: W.H. Smith, 1915). First edition. With a presentation inscription from the author dated “1925.” Tall square 8vo., original cloth, (xviii), 414pp.

4. BROWN, Horace. Penthouse Killings. (News Stand Library #17A. “Violent Murders In A Playboy’s Mansion”)

Item Price: $75 (CAD)

Item Description: (Toronto: Export Publishing Enterprises, 1950). News Stand Library #17A. First News Stand Library edition. 157pp. Some staining to first leaf, light rubbing, about fine.

5. (BUKOWSKI, Charles and Al Purdy). (The Bukowski/Purdy Letters A Decade of Dialogue 1964-1974. Edited by Seamus Cooney.) (Cover label).

Item Price: $500 (CAD)

Item Description: (Sutton West, Ontario: The Paget Press, June 10, 1983). The label reads ‘Edited/Uncorrected typescript/Draft No. 1. This copy is number IX of 10 copies’. With the business card from the publisher reading ‘copy for review’ and with a handwritten notation on the card stating “this copy lacks the intro by Buk & Al, etc.”, as issued. 4to., spiral bound wrappers, printed paper label on the upper wrapper, 70pp. recto only. Some light soiling to the printed label otherwise about fine.

6. (BURNEY, Fanny). Camilla: Or, A Picture of Youth. By the Author of Evelina and Cecilia.

Item Price: $750 (CAD)

Item Description: London: Printed for T. Payne, …, 1802. In five volumes. A New Edition (so stated), in fact the second English edition. Small 8vo., contemporary green half morocco, marble boards, gilt spine decoration, leather spine labels. Bookplate, boards slightly rubbed but otherwise a near fine copy.

Frances Burney [1752-1840] diarist, novelist and music historian. Her first novel, Evelina, was published in 1778. While delighted by the fact that it was an immediate success, the revelation of her authorship caused Burney some anxiety, ‘I would rather a thousand times forfeit my character as a writer, than risk ridicule and censure as a female.’ Concurrently, Burney continued work on the ‘Diary’ which would be published in 1889, finding much material through her association with Hester Piozzi and her circle. Burney’s second novel, Cecilia (1782) revolved around an independent heiress who chooses to keep her name after marriage. At 41, Burney married the penniless French Catholic refugee, Alexandre D’Arblay and gave birth to their son in 1794. The above novel, first published in 1796 earned £2,000 from subscriptions. In 1801 D’Arblay was offered service with the government of Napoleon Bonaparte in France, and in 1802, Burney and her son followed him to Paris, where they expected to remain for a year. The outbreak of war between France and England overtook their visit, and they remained there in exile for ten years, returning to England in 1812. Mrs. Burney continued to write until her death in 1840.

7. COHEN, Leonard. The Spice-Box of  Earth. (First Edition)

Item Price: $1,250 (CAD)

Item Description: (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1961). First edition, hardcover issue. Original cloth backed, decorated paper boards. A fine copy in an about fine dustwrapper.

8. COSTELLO, Dudley. Holiday With The Hobgoblins And Other Talk Of Strange Things. (1861 – First Edition with a Signed Presentation)

Item Price: $850 (CAD)

Item Description: London: J.C. Hotten, 1861. First edition. With a signed presentation inscription from the author. 8vo., original purple cloth, 332, (8)pp. ads. With 4 plates by Cruikshank. Spine faded to tan otherwise a fine copy. Cohn “Cruikshank” 166.

Dudley Costello [1803-1865] English journalist and traveller. After leaving Sandhurst, Costello was stationed with his regiment in India, North America and the West Indies. He left the army and went to Paris where he eventually worked with his sister copying illuminated manuscripts for the Bibliotheque Royale. Their work was largely responsible in the revived interest in illuminated work during this period. He returned to London where he served as foreign correspondent for the “Morning Herald” and “Daily News” and contributed to several periodicals. The author of several travel books, he also did the above, an interesting work dealing with the elements of the supernatural found in various places he travelled and the history of various legends and mythological creatures.

9. DANTE ALIGHIERI. Dante Con L’Espositoni Di Christoforo Landino et D’Alessandro Vellutello Sopra sua Comedia Dell Inferno, Del Purgatorio, & Del Paradiso; Con Tauole Argomenti & Allegorie, & Riformato, Riueduto, & Ridotto Alla Sua Vera Lettura, Per Francesco Sansovino… (1578)

Item Price: $9,500 (CAD)

Item Description: Venetia (Venice): Giouambattista, M. Sessa & Fratelli, 1578. A reissue of the 1564 Sessa edition, which was the first edited by Sansovino. This 1578 edition is the first to incorporate the commentaries of both Landino and Vellutello. With the bookplate of Stillman Drake. Large 4to., 19th century half calf, marble boards, raised bands, (28), 163, (4), 164-392pp. With woodcut illustrations in the text, a woodcut portrait of Dante on the titlepage, 3 full-page woodcuts. This copy has been professionally rebacked with a new spine with the original 19th century leather label, the titlepage has been professionally reinforced around the edges, X8 has been professionally repaired at the top, there is some light worming in the margins of some leaves not affecting the text, some occasional foxing and browning, a slight stain on a couple of leaves, but this is certainly a very good copy of this important edition.

This is in fact the second edition of the 1564 Sessa edition, which was the first edited by Sansovino. This second edition is the first to incorporate the commentaries of Landino and Vellutello, which had previously been published in earlier editions, Landino’s in a Florentine edition 1481 and Vellutello in edition published in Venice in 1544. The volume includes extensive introductory matter by all three commentators, and a running commentary that rather overwhelms the poem itself. This edition is richly illustrated with many woodcuts taken from the Marcolini edition of 1544. The “ninety-six woodcuts including twelve repetitions, the blocks cut for Francesco Marcolini’s edition of 1544. The Sessa brothers used all except the block for canto. xxii. They also add to the number of illustrations by repeating in the text the blocks for the circles of Hell from Velutello’s prefatory description.”(Mortimer: Harvard College Library… Catalogue of Books and Manuscripts, Part II: Italian 16th Century Books–Vol. 1 No. 148 citing the 1564 edition). The portrait of Dante on the title-page, inspired in Vasari’s tradition, is quite famous and this edition is in fact popularly known as ‘il Nasone’ or ‘of the big nose.’

10. DOYLE, A. Conan. A Study In Scarlet. A Novel. (American Piracy)​

Item Price: $750 (CAD)

Item Description: New York: Optimus Printing Company, 45, 47, 49 & 51 Rose St., nd. (1895?). American piracy. 8vo., blue/cream mottled cloth with decoration in brown on the upper board and spine, floral endpapers, 175pp. Inner hinges starting, the spine is darkened which has made the brown lettering almost impossible to read, slight wear to the spine ends but this is still a very good copy of this scarce American piracy. Green & Gibson p.608.

While it is difficult to ascertain with absolute certainly, this title is most likely part of the publisher’s ‘Standard Fiction” series.

11. FULLERTON, Waldo. Down the Mackenzie through the Great Lone Land. (1923 – First Edition)

Item Price: $85 (CAD

Item Description: New York: MacMillan, 1923. First edition. 8vo., original green cloth with pictorial paper panel on the upper board, xii, 251pp. Frontispiece plus thirty-four illustrations on double sided plates. A fine copy.

12. GOREY, Edward/POP-UP. The Dwindling Party. (First Edition)

Item Price: $350 (CAD)

Item Description: (New York: Random House, 1982). First edition. 4to., original glossy pictorial paper boards, 12pp consisting of 6 double-page pop-ups. A fine copy without dustwrapper as issued.

13. GREENAWAY, Kate. A Day In A Child’s Life. Illustrated by… Music by Myles B. Foster…Engraved and Printed by Edmund Evans.

Item Price: $650 (CAD)

Item Description: London: George Routledge and Sons, (1881). With a presentation inscription from ‘Mrs. Evans’ (Edmund Evan’s wife) dated 1906. Small 4to., original light green glazed pictorial boards with a charming design: yellow borders and sunflower design surrounding the central title, (30)pp. Beautifully illustrated in colour by Kate Greenaway, engraved and printed by her frequent collaborator the wood-engraver Edmund Evans. Containing nine songs for voice and piano by Myles B. Foster detailing activities from a day by a child’s life including ‘Waking’, ‘The Lesson’, ‘Playtime’, ‘A Romp’, ‘Tired’, and ‘Sleeping’. Some wear to the corners, spine ends rubbed otherwise a better than very good copy of this work, which is a wonderful example of the collaboration between Greenaway and Evans.

14. HAYES, M. Horace. Points of the Horse. A Treatise On The Conformation, Movements, Breeds and Evolution of the Horse. Illustrated by 660 Reproductions of Photographs and Drawings.

Item Price: $225 (CAD)

Item Description: London: Hurst and Blackett, 1922. Fourth edition. Small 4to., original green cloth with a small gilt horse on the upper cover, xxvi, 595, (3)pp. ads. A touch of rubbing otherwise a fine copy.

15. HUMPHREYS, Henry Noel. The Origin And Progress Of The Art Of Writing: A connected Narrative Of the Development of the Art, … Illustrated by A Number Of Specimens Of The Writing Of All Ages, And A Series of Facsimiles From Autograph Letters From The Fifteenth To The Nineteenth Century. (1853 – First Edition)

Item Price: $850 (CAD)​

Item Description: London: Ingram, Cooke and Co., 1853. First edition. Small 4to., contemporary half calf, marble boards, this copy has been recently rebacked with a brown calf spine, blind stamped compartments, leather spine label, viii, 176pp. With 28 plates including 13 chromolithographs. A fine copy.

16. (KENT, ROCKWELL). CHAUCER, Geoffrey. Canterbury Tales In Modern English by Y.U. Nicolson. With illustrations by Rockwell Kent and an Introduction by Gordon Hall Gerould. (‘Deluxe Edition’)

Item Price: $185 (CAD)​

Item Description: Garden City: Garden City Publishing Company, (1934). First of this edition, ‘Deluxe edition’ as indicated by the adverts on the rear panel of the dustwrapper. Tall 8vo., tan cloth with a small pictorial paper panel with an illustration by Kent, printed paper spine label, xvi, (627)pp. With 24 three-tone plates and several black and white illustrations throughout. Bookplate otherwise a fine, bright copy in a price clipped pictorial dustwrapper with some minor wear to the head of the spine.

17. KENT, Rockwell. Salamina. Illustrated by the Author. (With a Presentation from Kent)

Item Price: $850 (CAD)

Item Description: New York: Harcourt Brace, 1935. First edition. With a presentation from Kent to Laura Canade reading “To Laura Canade by her friend–and in some measure, protege, Rockwell Kent.” A fine copy in the pictorial dustwrapper designed by Kent which has some wear to the spine ends.

Laura Canade Zigrosser, wife of Car Zigrosser, patron of the arts. There is extensive correspondence with Zigrosser in the Kent archive at the Smithsonian.

18. KIPLING, Rudyard. ‘Captains Courageous’ A Story of the Grand Banks. With illustrations by I.W. Taber. (First Edition)

Item Price: $850 (CAD)​

Item Description: London: Macmillan and Co., 1897. First edition. 8vo., original blue cloth with pictorial decoration in gilt on the upper cover and spine, viii, 245, (2)pp. ads. Bookplate, spine very slightly cocked but still near fine. Stewart 163.

19. MAHAN, Captain A.T. Sea Power In Its Relations To The War Of 1812. (In Two Volumes. First Edition)

Item Price: $850 (CAD)

Item Description: London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1905. In two volumes. First edition. Tall 8vo., rebound in three quarter black morocco, marble boards, raised bands, (xxiv), 423; (xx), 456pp. With illustrations and folding maps. Some scattered foxing, spines slightly faded with a couple of small nicks but still an better than very good but not quite near fine copy of this important work.

20. MALTHUS, T.R. (Thomas Robert). Principles of Political Economy, Considered with a View to Their Practical Application. (1820 – First Edition)

Item Price: $4,000 (CAD)

Item Description: London: John Murray, 1820. First edition. Tall 8vo., full 19th century morocco, with the gilt stamp of “The Law Society of Upper Canada” on the upper board, raised bands, leather labels, vi, 601pp. Ex-library with the only markings being the Law Society stamp on the title and in the lower margin of a few leaves, a bit of foxing, outer hinges rubbed and the front hinge is tender otherwise this is certainly a very good copy of this important work.

DSB IX:70; Goldsmith 22767, Kress C577.

Thomas Robert Malthus [1766-1834] English political economist. “Malthus is known in the history of science almost exclusively for his influence on Charles Darwin, exerted almost accidentally. His life, work, and friends were mainly centered on social conditions and political economy, and his work on population was part of these.” In the above title, one of his major works, he “included an analogy of his population theory with the quantity of funds designed for the maintenance of labor and the prudential habits of the laboring classes… and was proposing investment in public works and private luxury as a means of increasing effective demand, and hence as a palliative to economic distress. The nation, he thought, must balance the power to produce and the will to consume.” (DSB)

21. (MEDICINE/NURSING) Your Friend The Visiting Nurse. How the Visiting Nurse Service of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Serves You. (cover title).

Item Price: $150 (CAD)

Item Description: (Ottawa: Metropolitan Life, 1924?). 8vo., original pictorial wrappers, 15pp. With illustrations showing the ‘visiting nurses at work.’ With the rubber-stamp of the insurance agent, ‘R.S. KILLIP, Agent’ on the upper wrapper otherwise fine.

This booklet outlines the service provided by Visiting Nurse Service offered through Metropolitan Life—services that include visits to provide instruction and care to expectant mothers, visits to new mothers and infants for six months after the birth to ensure the baby is ‘gaining and growing’, visits to sick-children to guard against complications from childhood illnesses, and visits to instruct the policy-holders how to care for sick adults. The booklet includes a page listing ‘What the Nurse Will Do For You’ and another page with information about how to obtain the services of a nurse when needed. Scarce. Voila notes 2 copies in Canadian institutions, and tentatively dates this pamphlet 1924.

22. MILNE, A.A. Songs From “Now We Are Six.” Words by A.A. Milne, Music by H. Fraser-Simson, Decorations by E.H. Shepard. (First Canadian Edition)

​Item Price: $500 (CAD)

Item Description: Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, (1928). First Canadian edition. 4to., original cloth backed pink paper boards, 33pp. Fine in the pictorial dustwrapper which has some chipping to extremities and light soiling on the spine but is still very nice. Scarce.

23. OSLER, William. Aequanimitas With Other Addresses to Medical Students, Nurses and Practitioners of Medicine.

Item Price: $450 (CAD)

Item Description: Philadelphia: P. Blakiston’s Son & Co., 1906. Second Edition, With Three Additional Addresses. Dr. C.B. Farrar’s copy with his signature and bookplate. Tall 8vo., original red cloth, viii, 475pp. A fine copy.

Dr. Clarence B. Farrar [1874-1970] “trained under several of the foremost medical scholars of his era beginning with Osler and then at Heidelberg under Kraepelin, Nissl and Alzheimer. Farrar was hand-picked by Prof. Charles Clarke, the University’s inaugural head of Psychiatry, to succeed him in both that chair and as the first Director of the Toronto Psychiatric Hospital (TPH) opening in 1925. Farrar served in those capacities until 1947, setting the stage for the TPH to continue as the Department’s clinical, teaching, research and administrative nexus until succeeded in 1966 by the Clarke Institute.” (TPH: History and Memories of Toronto Psychiatric Hospital by Edward Shorter).

24. SARGANT, William Lucas. Social Innovators And Their Schemes. (1858 – First Edition)

Item Price: $350 (CAD)

Item Description: London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1858. First edition. 8vo., original green cloth, (xvi), 468, 16pp. ads dated ‘November 1858.’ Bookplate of the ‘Fraser Institute’ on the front pastedown otherwise a fine copy.

The author outlines the ‘schemes’ of those who have attempted to ‘promote the well-being of the most numerous, and least fortunate, classes of society.’ Curiously, Sargant opted to only include those people whose schemes have failed. Those covered include: Saint Simon, Fourier, Louis Blanc, Proudhon, and Emile De Girardin.

25. SIMCOE, Mrs. The Diary of Mrs. John Graves Simcoe Wife of the First Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Upper Canada, 1792-6. With Notes and a Biography by John Ross Robertson. (1911 – First Edition)

Item Price: $250 (CAD)

Item Description: Toronto: William Briggs, 1911. First edition. Tall 8vo., original green cloth lettered in gilt, xxix, 440pp. With numerous illustrations. Inner hinges starting, some light rubbing to the spine ends, spine somewhat rippled, a very good copy.

26. TOLFREY, Frederic. The Sportsman In Canada. (1845. In Two Volumes. First Edition)

Item Price: $1,500 (CAD)

Item Description: London: T. C. Newby…, 1845. In two volumes. First edition. 8vo., contemporary green half calf, marble boards, raised bands, gilt compartments, leather spine labels, (iv), 283; (ii), 286pp. With frontispiece in each volume and plates in each volume. Bookplate, some foxing, some light rubbing to the hinges, but this is still a better than very good, not quite near fine copy.

TPL 2744; Lande 2255.

“Tolfrey was a clerk of cheques in the ordinance department… His representation of garrison life of that day has its value. These were the halcyon days of the British officer, whose only idea was to amuse himself on the ‘gather ye rosebuds while ye may’ principle. Mr. Tolfrey relates his shooting and fishing exploits.” – Kingsford, History of Canada; “Mr. Tolfrey… throws into his narrative a good deal of descriptive and dramatic character, and unconsciously introduces his reader to many sketches of Canadian life. He has also some ‘good stories’ of governors, and other persons such as circulate in particular cliques and classes… Colonization is chiefly regarded with an eye to Canada as a sporting country.” -The Living Age, 1845.

27. (TORCON: First World Science Convention Held Outside the United States) (Taylor, Joseph ‘Beak’–editor). Torque. The Toronto Convention Newssheet. Number 1 January, 1948; Number 2 March, 1948; Number 3 June 1948 (all published).

Item Price: $2,250 (CAD)

Item Description: Small 8vo., original mimeographed sheets folded to make self wrappers, with 16, 14, and 8 pages respectively. Issues 1 & 2 both have the table of contents printed on the outer front wrapper and the contents includes the Report of the Torcon Committee & Society; Memory Book; and information relating to the upcoming convention such as Hotel Rooms, Maps, Convention Site, Program Editors Report, Radio Coverage, etc. Issue two includes a separate folded sheet, ‘DEADLINES’, with a cartoon on the recto giving deadlines for registration for the convention and hotel reservations, and with a list of hotels and room rates on the verso. Issue number 3, which is much smaller, also contains information about the upcoming convention, and includes the menu for the July 3rd ‘Buffanet’. Membership lists appear in these publications, the most extensive in number 2 where the list totals 102 members.

Some light foxing to Number 1 and a bit of wear to the lower corner of Number 3 but these are in fact near fine copies of this rare survival. We have only been able to locate one other set of Torque in OCLC at the University of Syracuse–we have not located any issues in Canadian institutions or libraries.

In the mid-1940s various Science Fiction Societies were formed across Canada, including groups in Montreal, Toronto, and Hamilton, who subsequently merged to form the Canadian Science Fiction Association in 1948. Shortly thereafter, the three were joined by the Picton SF Club. In 1948, the four constituent clubs forming the CFSA attended Torcon, the sixth Worldcon (Sci-Fi Convention), the first held outside the United States. Torcon was held July 3-5, 1948 in Toronto and even received a coverage in the Globe and Mail, with an article ‘Zap! Zap! Atomic Ray is Passe With Fiends.’

In preparation for Torcon, ‘Beak’ Taylor edited the three issues of Torque: The Toronto Convention Newssheet. These little publications provided information for the upcoming convention. The Torcon Committee was chaired by Ned McKeown, with John Millard responsible for Program and Displays, Beak Taylor for Publicity and Editorial, and nine other committee members are named. The committee discusses publicity in various other fanzines and also raises a problem with ‘border regulations that might prevent the sale and exhibition of books and originals in Canada’ but they provide instructions to overcome any obstacles. The site of the convention is the Purdy Studios, 55 Queen St. East as ‘Toronto has very few hotels that are capable of staging large Conventions. None can credibly hold a weekend- long affair such as Torcon.’ There is a tentative program in number 1 that includes an auction, buffet supper, old films, and add an intriguing suggestion that those not enjoying the program could repair to the ‘burlycue house just down the street.’ Issue 1 also contains a brief discussion of the program booklet and advertising. There is a mention of the ‘guest of honour’ who will remain a secret until the convention (it turned out to be Robert Bloch). Issue 2 elaborates on much in the first issue — a curious section titled ‘That Sleeping Stuff’ gives instructions about choosing a hotel room, deciding who to share it with (if anyone), planning transportation to Torcon, and advising them to send payment for the first night’s accommodation if they are arriving in Toronto after 8 pm. There is a folding map of Toronto and additional information about the program. Issues at the border are addressed again with the editor suggesting that ‘Americanos will want to know how to sneak originals past the customs’ and then proceeds to provide instructions to get their books over the border without duty. Given the proximity of Torcon to the June issue of Torque, it is not surprising that issue 3 is smaller–one expects most of the issues had been settled. Bob Bloch is slated to be in the spotlight with a talk titled ‘Stay Tuned for Terror.’ There is also an auction, films, and a memory book. Once more the editor has some advice for those coming from the US, ‘Toronto is in the middle of a 25 cycle current area–so check your portable radios, razors, etc. before plugging in the juice.’

These little newsletters show the organization of an early sci-fi convention and impart information in a colloquial and charming way–much different than the slick promotions for Fan Conventions today. Given the membership of CFSA of just over 100, it seems unlikely that these news-letters were produced in any numbers, which accounts for their rarity.

28. (TORONTO/CASA LOMA). Casa Loma Canada’s Famous Castle.

Item Price: $85 (CAD)

Item Description: (No place: no publisher, nd. 1938-1940). Oblong 8vo., original orange pictorial wrappers, 32pp. Profusely illustrated. Near fine.

There is a ‘Greeting’ from the then Mayor of Toronto, R.C. Day at the rear, which establishes the date as between 1938 and 1940.

29. WALTON, Isaac. The Compleat Angler Or The Contemplative Man’s Recreation Being a Discourse of Fish and Fishing Not Unworthy The Perusal of Most Anglers. Decorated by Frank Adams. (Limited Edition – Signed by the Artist)

Item Price: $550 (CAD)

Item Description: London: Erye & Spottiswoode… and in New York by Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1930. 1 of an edition of 450 signed by the artist, of which 250 were for sale in the British Empire and 200 copies in the United States of America… 4to., original vellum spine, marble boards, (10), 124 pp. With a colour frontispiece portrait of Walton, 13 large headpieces (9 in color), 10 woodcut tailpieces, decorative initials. Ownership inscription, some very light soiling to the top of the spine otherwise an about fine copy.

30. (WINTER, MILO–illustrator). HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel. Tanglewood Tales. With Illustrations by Milo Winter. (Windermere Edition)

Item Price: $200 (CAD)

Item Description: Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, (1913). First of this edition. ‘Windermere Edition.’ Tall 8vo., original dark green cloth with a large pictorial paper panel on the upper board, 283pp. With 16 full page plate, 10 of which are in colour. A fine copy with charming illustrations.