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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1.  JONES, D.G. (editor). Lines of the Poet. Edited by D.G. Jones. 13 Poems. 14 Portraits of the Poets by Rosengarten.

Item Price: $4,000 (CAD)

Item Description: Toronto & London: Monk Bretton Books, 1981. Of a total edition of 130 copies this is one of 100 for sale. (The remainder were for the use of the artist and the authors.) Folio: 16 loose sheets folded and inserted are the original lithographs, which are signed and numbered by the artist and also signed by each poet, except A.J.M. Smith, who died before publication. The whole is contained in a buckram folding box with label. All the original lithograph plates were destroyed after printing. Poets included are: Margaret Atwood, Earle Birney, Leonard Cohen, Ralph Gustafson, Irving Layton, John Newlove, Alden Nowlan, Michael Ondaatje, P.K. Page, Al Purdy, F.R. Scott, A.J.M. Smith, and Phyllis Webb. Published in 1981 at $3,000.00 Canadian. Fine.

2.  (ADVERTISING) Port Hope, Ontario/Advertising. The Port Hope “National” One Piece Sink. (Circa 1920s or 1930s)

Item Price: $165 (CAD)

Item Description: Port Hope Sanitary Manufacturing Co. Limited, Toronto, Canada. Circa 1920s or 1930s. Stiff cardboard measuring 14 1/4″ x 11 1/4″, recto only with lettering and an image of the sink in black/white/grey printed on a turquoise/blue background. With two holes at the top and cord for display. There is a 2 ½” scratch on the lower left corner otherwise fine.

Hiram Bush, formerly of the Ideal Manufacturing Company in Detroit, manufacturers of sanitary products, established Standard Ideal, Canada in Port Hope, Ontario, 1903. By 1911, the company had grown to 15 acres on Port Hope’s centre pier and was the town’s largest employer with a workforce of 600 men. It manufactured the ‘Ideal’ lines of cast iron porcelain-enameled sanitary ware such as bathtubs, shower baths, lavatories, kitchen sinks, slop hoppers, laundry tubs, urinals and closet ranges, steamship and railway car supplies, hospital appliances and factory wash sinks. In 1916, the company defaulted on a 1911 mortgage and was forced into bankruptcy. Sold at auction later that year it was reorganized, and the name changed to the Port Hope Sanitary Manufacturing Company. During the First World War the Port Hope Sanitary Manufacturing Company changed production from household items to making acid-proof enamel ware, selling to the Military Hospitals Commission of Canada in Trenton, to USA and Allied Chemicals in Port Hope (1918). The Company was later bought out by Crane Company, which closed production in Port Hope in 1967.

3.  (ADVERTISING Windsor, Nova Scotia) Sam Slick Suspenders (circa 1920s).

Item Price: $225 (CAD)

Item Description: Sam Slick Suspenders. Manufactured by the Avon Suspender Company Limited, Windsor, Nova Scotia, circa 1920s. Printed on stiff cardboard measuring approx. 14″ x 9″ recto only.

This colourful pictorial advertisement printed in black, orange, blue, yellow, and white, depicts Haliburton’s character, Sam Slick holding up a pair of suspenders. There is text with a quote from Sam Slick reading ‘It’s generally allowed that there ain’t the beat of them anywhere. They’re as spry as a fox and as supple as an eel.’ The upper right corner is bumped which has resulted in two creases, the lower right corner is very slightly bumped, there are marks on the verso but overall, this is a lovely example of a literary character created by Windsor, Nova Scotia native Thomas Chandler Haliburton being used to advertise merchandise from a local company. The character’s popularity extended well into the 1950s with a 1954 article in Maclean’s Magazine noting ‘Today Sam Slick accounts for nearly two thirds of Windsor’s tourist business. In summer almost 20,000 visitors, mostly Americans, troop through Clifton, the gabled white mansion where Judge Haliburton wrote his books. Run by the Nova Scotia government as the Haliburton Memorial Museum, it is more popularly known as “Sam Slick’s house.”‘

4.  (AMERICANA ADVERTISING—YEAST FOAM) Northwestern Yeast Company (circa 1893-4?).

Item Price: $350 (CAD)

Item Description: Broadside Advertisement Measuring 11 ¼ “ x 5” (thin newsprint-like paper) printed in colour on the front with text on the rear, issued by the Northwestern Yeast Company to advertise their ‘Yeast Foam.’
(Chicago: Northwestern Yeast Company, circa 1893-4?).

The colour pictorial front of the broadside is divided in two, with a depiction of the factory in Chicago, which occupies 2/3 of the front, with some buildings labelled, and horse and wagons moving the product. Next to this an image of an African-American woman holding a watermelon in her apron with a cake of ‘Yeast Foam’ off to the side and a caption in ‘black dialect’ reading ‘Ise gwine to get dat ar Yeas’ Foam if I has to drop this here mel’n.’

The verso of the broadside gives a recipe for making bread using the Northwestern Yeast Company’s products, including Yeast Foam.

We believe this advertisement dates from the period 1893-4, given the fact that the Northwestern Yeast company was formed by a merger in 1893 of the Chicago company run by Edgar Gillett that made ‘Magic Yeast’ and a company run by John and Henry Boyle in Fond du Lac Wisconsin that made their own brand of yeast, ‘Yeast Foam.’ The company continued to sell both products after the merger. However, the closure of the Fond du Lac facture was reported by a Neenah, Wisconsin newspaper on November 13, 1894. As the Fond du Lac location is listed on the rear of this advertisement, so we assume it was printed after the merger and before the closure.

There is a tiny bit of chipping to the outer border (less than a 1” in length) but this is otherwise a fine copy of this delicate item. This broadside is but one example of the many advertisements that used distasteful and offensive African American stereotypes to sell food, cleaning products and other household goods for more than a century.

5.  Book of Great Secrets. Valuable Money Making Recipes.

Item Price: $75 (CAD)

Item Description: NP (Chicago): np, (Max Stein), nd. (194-?). 8vo., original self wrappers, 98pp.
Slight dampstain in the lower margin of pages in the first half of the book but still fine copy of this cheaply produced edition.

Money making recipes for various confections, medicines, face paints, adhesives, etc.

6.  Nooks and Corners … How to Fill Them … Original illustrations by Grace Saviers Ambos. (cover-title reads Art in Home Furnishing).

Item Price: $50 (CAD)

Item Description: Toronto: John Kay, Son & Co., no date (1900-1910?). Small 8vo., orig. decorated wrappers, (31)pp. Text with illustration on facing page throughout. Fine.

“Dainty adaptations of the drapery and upholstery ideas of every period of decorative art for the adornment of modern homes.”

7.  (ASTROLOGY). (CALDERON, Dolores). Dolores Book of “Forbidden Knowledge.”

Item Price: $150 (CAD)

Item Description: NP (New York): Hal. Olver, nd. (193-?) The cover states ‘64th edition’ but we suspect this is an attempt at promotion as we can find no record of other editions of this title at all, the only other copy we located was sold at an auction and it also was the ‘64th edition.’ Tall 8vo., orig. stiff pictorial wrappers, 46pp. With illustrations. A tiny bit of a stick on the lower portion of the spine o/w near fine.

This booklet includes the ‘biographical story of Dolores, Spain’s Royal Astrologer,’ 12 Character readings which are descriptions of the personalities, traits, best marriage matches for those born under each star sign; there is a single page listing ‘Sex Secrets’ by Dolores. It also includes a few ‘musings’ by Dolores, such as: ‘Women’s Secret Fascination Over Men,’ ‘Dreams Explained’ (which contains the symbolic meaning of things or events that appear in dreams), and a full-page illustration of a male body titled ‘Where the Signs Rule.’

With: An 8-page prospectus/advertising brochure titled Dolores International Astrologer Wishes you Bueno Fortuna!… and sends you a sample Chart and Character Analysis…. This small pamphlet outlines works by Dolores that are available, as well as the various ‘personal services by correspondence’ provided by Dolores. It outlines her successful predictions (the 1929 Stock Market Crash, The Indian Revolt, the Mexican Earthquake). There are a myriad of special offers ranging from $2 to $5. 8vo., orig. self-wrappers, (8)pp. The printed directions instruct that money should be sent ‘c/o W.O.V. 16 East 42nd St. New York’ but there is a rubberstamp on the rear page ‘New Address, Box 362 Grand Central P.O. New York City.’ Fine.

There are no copies of either of these items in OCLC, which only give one other title by Dolores Calderon, ‘Sealed Book of Destiny’ (1931).

8.  ATWOOD, Margaret. Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda. Illustrated by Dusan Petricic.

Item Price: $350 (CAD)

Item Description: Toronto: Key Porter Kids, (2004). First edition. With a presentation inscription from Atwood to her friend and fellow Canadian writer Jay Macpherson reading “For Jay–happy ending guaranteed! xxx Peggy.” 4to., glossy pictorial boards, (32)pp.

Fine in a fine d/w.

9.  BAUM, L. Frank. Ozma of Oz. Illustrated by John R. Neill

Item Price: $1,250 (CAD)

Item Description: Chicago: Reilly & Britton Co., nd. (1913). First edition, third printing. 4to., original light tan pictorial cloth, 270pp.

Some slight rubbing to the spine ends o/w an about fine copy.

Hanff p.52; Bienvenue p.31.

10.  (DECORATIVE ART). ERSKINE, F.J. Bent Iron Work: A Practical Manual of Instruction for Amateurs In the Art and Craft of Making and Ornamenting Light Articles in Imitation of the Beautiful Mediaeval and Italian Wrought Iron Work.

Item Price: $45 (CAD)

Item Description: Bent Iron Work: A Practical Manual of Instruction for Amateurs In the Art and Craft of Making and Ornamenting Light Articles in Imitation of the Beautiful Mediaeval and Italian Wrought Iron Work.

London: L. Upcott Gill…, nd. (1892). 8vo., orig. pictorial wrappers, 54, (2), (18)pp. ads. With illustrations. Some light chipping to the spine ends o/w very good.

11.  (EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED). DORAN, Dr. London in the Jacobite Times.

Item Price: $3,000 (CAD)

Item Description: London: Richard Bentley & Son, 1877. Two volumes bound in four. First edition. Tall 8vo., rebound in 20th century three-quarter red morocco, cloth, raised bands, single gilt decoration in the compartments, t.e.g. Profusely illustrated with engraved plates. A fine copy. 12

This set has been extra-illustrated with 274 plates from works published in the late 18th century and early 19th century. The plates depict prominent people, abbeys, churches and scenery.

12.  (DREAMS). STEIN, Max. A Dictionary of One Thousand Dreams and Their Interpretations. Visions, Predictions, etc.

Item Price: $35 (CAD)​

Item Description: NP: Printed in the United States, 1941. 8vo., orig. pictorial wrappers, (128)pp. A bit of smudging on the top corner of the upper wrapper o/w a near fine copy.

‘Instructive—Elevating—Inspiring—Wisdom—Comfort—Advice and Warning’ this booklet contains a bit of a general information on dreams and an extensive list of objects or actions, and their meanings in a dream. For example, ‘NAIL: To dream of a nail tells of secret gossip or public attack on your character’ and ‘PRIEST: To dream of a priest shows you will compromise yourself in sin, and require spiritual advice or consolation. A hint also to aspire to the clerical position.’

13.  EASTLAKE, Charles L. Hints On Household Taste In Furniture, Upholstery and Other Details.

Item Price: $450 (CAD)

Item Description: London: Longman, Green and Co., 1869. Second edition, revised. Tall 8vo., original orange blind stamped cloth, xviii, (272)pp. With illustrations. Bookplate, some minor wear to the spine ends but in fact a near fine copy.

14.  HALE, Mabel. Beautiful Girlhood.

Item Price: $85 (CAD)

Item Description: NP: Gospel Trumpet Co., c. 1922. 8vo., cloth w/ pict. inlay, 224pp. Fine.

Advice for young women.

15.  HOUSMAN, Laurence and W. Somerset Maugham. The Venture. An Annual of Art and Literature Edited by…

Item Price: $650 (CAD)

Item Description: London: At John Baillie’s…, 1903. Small 4to., original cloth backed pictorial paper boards with design by Housman on the upper board, 249pp. Woodcuts throughout by Ricketts, Housman, Pissarro and others. Bookplate, inner front hinge cracked, perimeter of the boards slightly darkened but in fact a near fine copy.

Includes contributions by G. K. Chesterton, Thomas Hardy, A. E. Housman, John Masefield, W. Somerset Maugham and others.

16.  (INTERNATIONAL ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS/TRADE CATALOGUE). No. 50A The Dominion Regalia Co., Limited. I.O.O.F. Catalogue.

Item Price: $200 (CAD)

Item Description: Toronto: The Dominion Regalia Co., nd. (1930?). Oblong 4to., original red wrappers, 84pp. Profusely illustrated. Rubber stamp stating ‘Sales Tax Extra’ on the upper wrapper and titlepage, some small chips to lower edge of the front wrappers, bit of wear to the foot of the spine but still a very good copy.

The catalogue clearly was used in the 1930s/1940s as the address 175 King St. West is printed on the upper wrapper and title-page but it has been crossed out and 2 Elm written in over top. The catalogue includes all the regalia required or used by members of the I.O.O.F. such as sashes, collars, jewels, robes, a wide variety of costumes, shoes, shields, swords, et al.

17.  JARDINE, William. The Naturalist’s Library. Edited by… Entomology.

Item Price: $2,500 (CAD)

Item Description: Edinburgh: W.H. Lizars/ London: Henry Bohn, 1853, 1855, 1852. Volumes 1-7 of Entomology (complete), which comprise volumes XXVIII through XXXIV of The Naturalist’s Library. Later printings. With the added engraved titlepages bearing the imprint of London: Henry Bohn.

Small 8vo., contemporary brown half morocco, marble boards, raised bands, gilt titles, various pagination. With 227 plates and added engraved titlepages that are hand-coloured, while the 7 frontis portraits are not; for a total of 234 plates.

Scattered light foxing (not affecting plates), some of the plates have been closely trimmed, slightly affecting some of the plate numbers or the text at the foot but in fact this is a near fine set of this comprehensive work on entomology with lovely hand-coloured plates.

Volume 1: Introduction to Entomology; volume 2: British Butterflies; Volume 3: British Moths, Sphinxes, Etc.; volume 4: Foreign Butterflies; volume 5: Exotic Moths; volume 6: Beetles; volume 7: Bees/Honey-Bees. These seven volumes relating to entomology were part of a larger forty-volume work, The Naturalist’s Library, with the other volumes dealing with Birds, Mammals and Fishes. It was originally published between 1833 to 1843 and given its extreme popularity, it was reprinted throughout the 19th century.

18.  LANDE, Lawrence. The Lawrence Lande Collection of Canadiana in the Redpath Library of McGill University A Bibliography. Collected, Arranged and Annotated by Lawrence Lande With an Introduction by Edgar Andrew Collard. One of 75 copies.

Item Price: $3,500 (CAD)

Item Description: Montreal: The Lawrence Lande Foundation for Canadian Historical Research, 1965. First edition, 1 of 75 copies bound by Belanger and signed by Lande (total edition of 950 copies). Tall 4to., hand bound in full greyish blue oasis niger morocco, raised bands, gilt lettering of the spine, (xvi), (304)pp. printed on ‘paper made to specifications by L. Guarro Casas, and the insets are printed from hand made papers from J. Barcham Green, England, From Cartiera Milano, Amalfi, and on various ouldmades from Guarro.’ A trace of fading in the upper compartment but otherwise a fine copy of this sumptuous production. Cased in a quarter leather chemise (which has some dark spotting and is slightly faded) and in a slipcase with an illustration tipped on.

19.  (LONDON). City of London Ontario, Canada. The Pioneer Period and The London of To-Day.

Item Price: $250 (CAD)

Item Description: London, ON: Printed and Published by The London Printing & Lithographing Company, 1897. First edition. 4to., original brown cloth lettered in gilt, (136)pp. With illustrations and a folding map in color. Touch of wear to foot of spine o/w a fine copy.

20.  MALORY, Thomas. Le Morte D’Arthur. The Story of King Arthur & Of His Noble Knights of the Round Table Written by … First Printed by William Caxton, Now Modernized, As to Spelling and Punctuation by A.W. Pollard, Illustrated With Wood Engravings by Robert Gibbings & Printed at The Golden Cockerel Press.

Item Price: $850 (CAD)

Item Description: New York: Limited Editions Club, 1936. In three volumes. First of this edition, 1 of 1500 copies signed by Gibbings.
4to., original blue cloth spines, decorated paper boards.
A fine copy.

21.  MILROY, M.E. Home Lace-Making. A Handbook for Teachers and Pupils.

Item Price: $125 (CAD)

Item Description: London: Scott, Greenwood & Son, 1906. First edition. 8vo., original green cloth, (48)pp. With 3 plates and 9 diagrams. Fine.

22.  (POGANY, Willy). WAGNER, Richard. Tannhauser. A Dramatic Poem by … Freely Translated in Poetic Narrative Form by W.T. Rolleston. Presented by Willy Pogany.

​Item Price: $350 (CAD)

Item Description: London: George C. Harrap, nd. 4to., original black cloth decorated in gilt. With 12 tipped in colour plates, and 10 tipped in black and white plates. Gift inscription o/w a fine copy in the d/w which has some light chipping to the top of the spine but is in fact near fine.

23.  SALINGER, J.D. The Complete Uncollected Short Stories of J.D. Salinger. Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.

Item Price: $800 (CAD)

Item Description: (NP: no publisher, nd) (Berkeley 1974). Second issue. Original glossy pictorial wrappers.
Ownership name o/w near fine.

24.  SANDBURG, Carl and Edward Steichen. Steichen The Photographer. (1 of 925 copies signed by Steichen and Sandburg)

Item Price: $3,750 (CAD)

Item Description: New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, (1929). First edition. 1 of 925 copies signed by Steichen and Sandburg. 4to., original black cloth lettered in gilt. Illustrated with reproductions of photographs by Steichen and with 70pp. of text by Sandburg.

A fine copy, presumably issued in a slipcase which is lacking.

25.  SETON, Ernest Thompson. The Gospel of the Red Man An Indian Bible Compiled by…

Item Price: $150 (CAD)

Item Description: Garden City: Doubleday Doran, 1936. First edition. 8vo., original orange cloth. Ink note on titlepage, bookplate o/w fine in a d/w with some light wear to the spine ends and a small chip out of the front panel. Scarce.

26.  STEICHEN, Edward. A Life In Photography. (Inscribed by Steichen)

Item Price: $2,500 (CAD)

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 d/w which has some minor creasing and a few short tears but is otherwise better than very good but not quite near fine.

27.  SWAN, Annie S. (Mrs. Burnett-Smith). Courtship and Marriage and the Gentle Art of Home-Making.

Item Price: $250 (CAD)

Item Description: Toronto: William Briggs, (1893). First Canadian Edition. 8vo., orig. blue cloth, 144pp. Frontispiece. Embossed library stamp at foot of p. 9 with library bookplate on pastedown. Light soiling to front board, o/w near fine.

Advice for lovers, the first year of married life, the ideal home and more.

28.  Toronto New Paper. Numbers 1 to 3. Mark Trent and Carl Blazina editors. Toronto: (September 1970-?). First and only three issues.

Item Price: $350.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Toronto: (September 1970-?). First and only three issues. 11 1/4″ x 17″, (46)pp approx. for each issue. Typical tanning to cheap newsprint, otherwise complete and near fine.

Typical of the underground papers which were proliferating then, this particular one, according to our sources, finished after these three issues, apparently because it was considered too square compared to such others as guerrilla, and Georgia Straight. Our source tells us he sold it in his Yorkville store and watched it fail. This particular paper seems to be quite rare perhaps for this reason. Copies located at LAC, Ryerson and University of Toronto, where the catalogue entry lists only the title and the supposed date but nothing else.

for the complete run of three issues $350.00

29.  (TRAVEL BROCHURE). Motoring To And About Nikko.

Item Price: $85 (CAD)

Item Description: Nikko: Nikko Garage Co., nd. (192-?).
One sheet folded to make a tall narrow booklet with colour-printed covers, 8 pp. of descriptive text, and a map of Nikko and Vicinity. A faint red smudge on two panels but o/w a near fine copy of this attractive ‘motoring brochure.’

30.  (WWI EPHEMERA). Linen Handkerchief ‘The Great War For Home and Country’

Item Price: $125 (CAD)

Item Description: Linen handkerchief measuring approx. 12 ½” x 12 ½” with the heading ‘The Great War For Home and Country’ printed at the top over a map of Europe, showing the various European countries in red, tan, medium brown and a shade of rust. All surrounded by a board in red, grey, black, and white, with pairs of flags (on poles surrounded by wreaths) of some of the allies in each corner–Belgium/UK, France/UK, Russia/UK and France/UK. The countries and various bodies of water are all lettered in brown. Faint creases marks where it was folded, a couple of very faint marks but in fact a very nice example of a WWI souvenir handkerchief.