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) (CANADIAN CATALOGUE). The Home Trader Catalogue 1914-15. Fall and Winter. C.A. Binkley, Morriston (on lower portion of upper wrapper).

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Item Description: No place: (Canadian Merchandise Exchange Limited), 1914/15. Tall 4to., orig. pictorial (black and white) printed wrappers, 80pp. (plus inner and outer rear wrapper). Profusely illustrated. Small circular hole in upper corner (for hanging the catalogue), a bit of wear to the spine ends, some general light soiling to wrappers with a diagonal crease on the lower corner of the upper wrapper but in fact an almost near fine copy of this rare catalogue.

No copies located in Voila, which does note one copy of an undated Home Trader Catalogue for Spring/Fall and the citation notes the Canadian Merchandise Exchange Limited as the publisher, so we assume that our copy is published by the same company.

This is clearly an example of a larger company attempting to use smaller retail outlets as order/distribution points for merchandise. The name ‘C.A. Binkley, Morriston’ on the outer cover shows that this particular copy was the property of this store located in the village of Morristown, Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario— and the hole indicates it was probably hung up in the store so customers could peruse the contents, and perhaps put in an order through Binkley’s—or perhaps C.A. Binkley, who is described in the Township records as a ‘dealer in dry goods’, bought and stocked goods directly (though the former seems the more likely scenario). The inner wrapper confirms all this ‘Why Order Your Goods Outside Your Own Community? We are now co-operating with Retail Merchants throughout Canada and this has given us great buying facilities direct with the Factories. The largest factories in Canada are supporting us. …by reason of the co-operation of the local retail trade of Canada, we have greater buying power and greater facilities than any mail order house can possibly possess…We now stand as the representative of Canada’s Local Retail Trade in this district…’ The presence of ‘ONT’ printed at the foot of the rear wrapper indicates this catalogue was for the Ontario market. The majority of the merchandise available is clothing— for men, women, and children—as well as accessories such as jewelry, watches and luggage. There is also a selection of household items such as cutlery, record players, bedding, and pianos.

The Canadian Merchandise Exchange was incorporated in February 1915 in the Province of Ontario to sell and distribute goods. Given the incorporation date, if the attribution for the issue in LAC is correct, our copy would be their first or second catalogue—depending on the LAC copy being before our after our issue. As we could not locate other issues, we wonder if they only issued two and then gave up on the idea of this type of mail order business model.

In addition to being an example of a Canadian mail order distribution company, it also provides an excellent illustration of the fashions of the day.

2) (ADVERTISING PAMPHLET/ TAIT-BROWN OPTICAL COMPANY/LONDON, ONT). Care of the Eyes By Specialists (cover title). The Tait-Brown Optical Co. of Canada, 237 Dundas Street, London, Ontario. Long Distance Telephone 1877.

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Item Description: NP (London): no publisher, nd. (190-?) 12mo., orig. black wrappers lettered in green, 20pp. With illustrations. A bit of foxing, faint mark on the upper corner of some leaves, rust from staples on pp.10/11, but in fact this is a near fine copy of this scarce pamphlet. No copies in Voila or OCLC.

This little pamphlet outlines the qualifications and services offered by the Tait-Brown Optical Company, owned and operated by J.G. Tait, Doctor of Ophthalmology and Otology, and W. Randle Brown, Doctor of Optometry and Retinoscopy. Dr. Tait received his training in the United States and at the time of this publication had ‘twelve years experience as a specialist on Refraction, fitting glasses to correct eye strain.’ He later became the President of the Canadian Optometrical Association. Dr. W. Randle Brown graduated from the Canada Ophthalmic College, Montreal and then served as an instructor. He also specialized in fitting glasses to correct eye strain.

In addition to providing very short bios of the principals, this pamphlet outlines information about their methods of eye examinations, symptoms of eye strain, the types of corrective lens available (achro-molta lenses, toric lenses, invisible bifocals), treatment for ‘cross eyes’, prices for glasses, and of course, testimonials from satisfied clients.

3) (ASTRONOMY). Whittaker’s Planisphere, Showing the Principal Stars Visible for Every Hour in the Year, From Lat. 40o N.

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Item Description: New York: Thomas Whittaker, 2 & 3 Bible House, nd. (circa 1900). This functioning planisphere, made in Germany for the American market, consists of a 10” circular paper-covered board bearing a map of the heavens and a calendar marked in days, months, and astrological star signs, the circle positioned to rotate within an elaborately gilt-stamped pointer frame. The printed instructions for use are affixed to the rear. Fine.

4) (AUSTEN, Jane.) Emma: A Novel. By The Author of “Pride and Prejudice.”

Item Price: $37,500 (CAD)

Item Description: London: Printed for John Murray, 1816. In three volumes. First edition. Tall 12mo., bound in later 19th century red half leather, marble boards, raised bands, single gilt decoration in the compartments, (4), 322; (2), 351, (352 blank); (2), 363, (1) page adverts. Lacking the halftitles. Bookplate, some occasional foxing, some rubbing to the boards but certainly a much better than very good but not quite near fine copy.

Keynes 14.

This novel, begun in January 1814 and completed in March the following year was published in 1816. The author said that she feared that nobody but herself would like the heroine, an indication that she had deliberately subdued the high-spirited comedy of manners practiced in earlier novels to offer instead a study in development and education. (Cambridge Guide to Literature in English).

5) (Canadian Advertising Broadside/London, Ontario). Cutters and Sleighs Manufactured by W.J. Thompson & Sons, London, Ontario.

Item Price: $1,250.00 (CAD) On hold

Item Description: NP (London, Ontario): no printer, nd. (circa 1880-1900?) Broadside measuring 23″ x 12 ½” printed on the recto only with a double border in black. In addition to the title at the top as above, the illustrations on the broadside show twelve different models of sleighs, Nos. 1-12 manufactured by Thompson & Sons, some with more detailed descriptions.

The sleighs range from the luxurious to the more economical varieties. From the top luxury model ‘No. 1.–King Three seated sleigh of our own latest design. It is one of the handsomest sleighs that has ever been built. It will carry nine if required. Trimmed with extra heavy green cloth; with heavy silver rails on side and dash; rattan wings on dash which makes a handsome finish’; to the Prince Albert–No. 4 ‘For four; makes a handsome revolving seat; hind seat revolves so as to sit back-to-back. It is finished in green cloth; silver rails on the side and rattan wings, which makes a very handsome turn-out. This is a new design of our own, and is the most comfortable sleigh that has ever been made’. Also pictured are the less fancy models such as the ‘No. –Solid Comfort, with screen or silver rail on dash, silver arm rails’ and the ‘No. 11–Centennial Portland. Silver arm rail and dash rails.’ For those who like a faster ride, they offer ‘No. 10. Chicago Speeding Sleigh. Silver Rails.’

It appears that the outer line of the double border has been trimmed off at top of the broadside, and the border has been completely trimmed at the bottom. It is possible that there might have been a printers’ imprint on the trimmed lower margin but as we can locate no other copies, we have been unable to determine if this was the case. There are a couple of small tears with no loss of text, a light brownish mark which runs on the diagonal through ‘No. 4 The Prince Albert’, some light creasing but this is in fact a near fine copy of this delicate broadside. We have not been able to locate copies of this broadside, or any other similar advertisements related to W.J. Thompson & Son. Rare.

W. (William) J. Thompson (1839-1913) was born in Antrim, Ireland; he emigrated to Canada at ‘an early age and settled in London, where he received an education.’ In 1868 he established his carriage and wagon manufacturing company on Dundas Street in London, moving the company to King Street in 1871 where it remained until 1927. The business thrived, employing some 45 people by 1889. Thompson’s sons eventually joined the business and continued it after their father’s death in 1913. ‘The carriage business which Mr. Thompson founded is now carried on by his sons and ranks with the best in the district.’ (London and Its Men of Affairs. London: NP, 1916?).


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Item Description: Toronto: Published by the Seaman Kent Company, 1921. Tall 8vo., orig. pictorial wrappers, (20)pp. With illustrations in colour. Some soiling and a few brown specks, short tear in the margin of one page, but certainly a better than very good copy of this scarce publication. Voila 2 locations only (LAC, TPL).

This charming booklet advertises Beaver flooring by revising 17 traditional nursery rhymes such as Old Mother Hubbard; This Little Piggy Went to Market; Little Bo Peep; (etc.) to describe the virtues of Beaver flooring. Each verse is accompanied by an illustration depicting both the verse and the product, and has a short blurb about the product under the verse. For example, Little Bo Peep is pictured as a ‘housewife’ sitting on a bench, with broom in hand, having just swept the Beaver flooring as a sheep looks on from the doorway. The verse reads:

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sleep,

Her carpets she swept all day;

But her troubles soon fled—

She got hardwood instead;

Keeping “Beaver Brand” clean is play!

“Quarter-cut or plain oak downstairs; beech, birch or maple upstairs.

All Beaver Brand.”

7) (CANDIAN ADVERTISING/OFFICE FURNITURE). Ace High in the Progressive Office. Office Specialty. Imperial Steel Desks and Companions.

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Item Description: (Newmarket, Ontario: Office Specialty Mfg. Co. Limited, nd. 194-?) 4to., orig. glossy pictorial wrappers, 18pp. (20 including rear wrapper). With illustrations, including 6 pages with colour illustrations. A fine copy of an attractive catalogue.

Opening with the tag-line ‘The Desk of Tomorrow… Ready for You Today!’ this booklet advertises the “Imperial Steel Desks’ describing and depicting several different models of steel produced by Specialty Manufacturing Co. This catalogue also includes various types of office chairs (all illustrated in colour). The Company also outlines its ‘Office Planning Service’ and “Office Color Service.’

The Office Specialty Manufacturing Company began in Rochester, NY. in 1880, with a Canadian branch in Toronto that served primarily as a warehouse and showroom. In 1891 the company decided to open a factory to manufacture the product line for Canadian distribution and decided on a site north of Toronto in Newmarket in 1896. Subsequently the company acquired more land and the plant increased in size and employed 400 workers in its heyday in the 1930s and 1940s, particularly through their business with the Department of Defence. After the war, Office Specialty Manufacturing’s market suffered a dramatic decrease due to competition from American manufacturing companies and it was sold in 1961, and by 1970 the factory had closed, and in 1971 the properties were sold off.

8) (CANADIAN TRADE CATALOGUE) Hall Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Summerside P.E. Island. Manufacturers of Improved Horse Powers, Threshing Machines, Seed Separators, Wood Cutters, Combined Shakers and Cleaners. (cover title).

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Item Description: NP (Summerside?): no publisher, nd (190-?) Oblong 8vo. (22 x 15 cm), orig. grey wrappers with decoration in red and black, printed in black, 12pp. With illustrations. Vertical crease o/w a near fine copy of a rare Prince Edward Island trade catalogue. We have been unable to locate copies in OCLC or Voila.

Thomas Hall, born in Wilmot, P.E.I. [1836-1919] was brought up on a farm near Summerside and his experience and aptitude led him to establish a carriage in Summerside in 1860. By the mid-1860s he was building and repairing threshing-machines and other agricultural machinery. While his original machine shop was destroyed by fire in 1873, the new factory finished in 1874 was a larger (3 storeys) modern factory, capable of producing the type and numbers of machinery to meet the growing demands of farmers as agriculture expanded on the Island. The machines of the Hall Manufacturing Company were exhibited at Agriculture Shows, and the Dominion Exhibition in Halifax (1881), where they won first prize for the thresher-cleaner. While Hall’s machines often represented improvements, a lack of advertising and marketing meant that the company’s products never really moved beyond a market in PEI and other Maritime Provinces. By the 1890s Hall machinery was overtaken by more sophisticated machinery manufactured in other parts of Canada and the United States. With Hall’s retirement in 1914, the business was reorganized as the Hall Manufacturing and Cold Storage Company, controlled by the Holman family of Summerside.

9) (CANADIAN TRADE CATALOGUE/FISHING). Fishing Tackle D.H. Howden and Co., Limited, London and Toronto. Catalogue F-1955. (Rear cover reads): Fishing Tackle. H.S. Howland, Sons, Toronto.

Item Price:  $200.00 (CAD)

Item Description: (London/Toronto: D.H. Howden and Co/H.S. Howland Sons, 1955). 4to., orig. red pictorial upper wrapper, with a small version of the image appearing on the cream rear wrapper, (2), 75pp. With illustrations in black and white. Some rubbing to spine and edges, vertical crease running the length of the upper wrapper but still a very good copy of this catalogue with a very striking upper wrapper. No copies located in Voila.

This jointly issued catalogue depicts and describes the various types of tackle and other fishing gear (reels, bags, baits, canteens, gaffs, harnesses, life vests, etc.) offered by both companies– the running banner has each name appearing at the top of opposite facing pages. The prices are included in the descriptions.

10) COOK, Frederick A. My Attainment of the Pole Being the Record of the Expedition That First Reached the Boreal Center 1907-1909 With the Final Summary of the Polar Controversy.

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Item Description: New York: The Polar Publishing Co., 1911. First edition. 4to., orig. brown cloth with small pictorial decoration on the upper cover, xxii, 604pp. With illustrations. Bookplate o/w a fine copy.

11) (EATON’S CATALOGUE). New Wall Papers 1925.

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Item Description: Toronto: T. Eaton Co., Limited, 1925. Oblong 8vo. (16 x 21 cm), orig. colour pictorial wrappers, 98pp. consisting of 10pp. of text and 44 leaves of wallpaper samples, each with printed information on the verso identifying the pattern, providing a description of the pattern, and the appropriate rooms for use, and the price. Wear to the edges of the wrappers, some rubbing and a few creases, but in fact a very good copy of this type of display catalogue, which would have been well-used by potential customers.

The preliminary pages provide information on ‘directions for hanging paper’, the equipment needed to hang paper (prices included), what to know before ordering wallpaper, and the types of wallpaper available. The forty-four pages of samples are all in fine condition.

12) (EDDY MATCH COMPANY–MONTREAL). A History of Progress and Service.

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Item Description: Montreal: The Eddy Match Company, (1946). Tall 8vo., orig. wallet-edge pictorial wrappers, 31pp. With one colour illustration showing match-boxes, and several other black and white illustrations. A very faint crease in some pages, a touch of rubbing to the lower edge but still a near fine copy of this scarce booklet. OCLC notes two copies: LAC and TPL.

The introduction states ‘This booklet is presented by the Eddy Match Company Limited as a faithful chronicle of the history of Man’s struggle down through the centuries, to create fire by scientific means; and the romantic story of the vitally important role this Company has played in the pioneering and developing the art of match making to the high standards of today.’ The Eddy Match Company was founded in Hull in 1851 and at the time of this publication, it was based in Montreal, with factories in Berthierville, Que., Pembroke, Ont., and Mission, B.C. The first half of the booklet outlines the origins of fire and the development of matches, while the second half is devoted to Eddy Company’s production of matches and their contributions in this field–including ‘the safer match.’

13) FLEMING, Ian. The Man with the Golden Gun. (First edition, second issue)

Item Price: $750.00 (CAD)​

Item Description: London: Jonathan Cape, (1965). First edition, second issue. Fine in an about fine dustwrapper.

14) (1909 FLIP-BOOK). Kellogg’s Funny Jungleland Moving-Pictures.

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Item Description: (Battle Creek, Michigan: W.K. Kellogg, 1909). Tall 8vo., orig. pictorial paper wrappers, (10)pp. with wrappers included in the page count. The rear wrapper has an advertisement for Kellogg’s Toasted Corn Flakes with a 4 line rhyme at the bottom of the page. The book folds open into three sections flat sections, with two additional interior pages split into 6 horizontal sections that allow the reader to change/mix and match the animal illustrations (6 per page) on the other pages. There are rhymes on each page. Some light rubbing to the spine but in fact a near fine copy of this flip-book.

This movable children’s book was first published by Kellogg in 1907 and offered as an in-store promotion but in 1909 it was changed to a ‘premium mail-in offer’, which Kellogg continued in 1937 with changes in the illustrations.

15) HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel. Tanglewood Tales With Illustrations by Milo Winter.

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Item Description: Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, (1913). First edition with the Winter illustrations. Small 4to., original green rough-weave cloth with a pictorial paper panel on the upper board, 283pp. With 16 full-page plates including 10 plates in colour. A fine copy with Winter’s very charming illustrations.

16) (HOLY BIBLE.) The Holy Bible. Containing the Old and New Testament & The Apocrypha.

Item Price: $750.00 (CAD)

Item Description: London and Edinburgh: The Ballantyne Press,1911. In three volumes. First of this edition. (Limited to 750 sets published on India Paper). Small 4to., bound in full brown morocco with a blind-stamped line & box design on the boards and spines, two gilt rules on boards. Oddly, this edition was done without chapter and verse numbering. While unsigned, the bindings are by Chivers of Bath. Fully illustrated throughout with colour plates of views of the Holy Land. Spines just a tad faded, very minor scattered foxing but in fact an about fine copy of this edition of the Bible in an attractive publisher’s binding.

17) PARRY, William Edward. Journal of a Voyage For The Discovery of a North-West Passage From The Atlantic to The Pacific; Performed in the Years 1819–20, In His Majesty’s Ships Hecla and Gripper, Under the Orders of…With an Appendix, Containing the Scientific and Other Observations.

Item Price: $2,500.00 (CAD)

Item Description: London: John Murray, 1821. 4to., recently rebound with a brown calf spine, marble boards, raised bands, gilt compartments, leather spine label, (8), xxix, (3), 310, (2), clxxix, (1) , (1, Errata). With six maps and fourteen plates.

Some occasional foxing (mostly marginal), some offsetting on the pages facing the plates, which also have some foxing in the margins o/w a near fine copy.

TPL 1205 (with 1824 supplement to the appendix); Arctic Bib. 58860; Sabin 58860.

18.  TOLSTOI, Count Lyof N. Anna Karenina. In Eight Parts. Translated by Nathan Haskell Dole. (First edition in English, early issue.)

Item Price: $2,000.00 (CAD)​

Item Description: New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., (1886). First edition in English, early issue. (with six titles by Tolstoi listed in “By The Same Author” on page facing title). 8vo., original green cloth stamped in gilt, (viii), 773, (4)pp. ads. Some minor rubbing and light wear to the spine ends o/w a near fine copy.

There is no proper bibliography for this title (or for Tolstoi) and one can only use the number of titles by Tolstoi listed on the advert facing the titlepage as a guide; as we have found examples which list as no titles and others that list as many as 11. However, even this is not completely reliable method but in lieu of a scholarly bibliography it is the only reasonable way of determining an early as opposed to late issue.

19) TWAIN, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. (First edition, early issue.)

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Item Description: New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. First edition, early issue. Tall 8vo., original green cloth pictorially stamped in black and gilt. With illustrations. Name on the e/paper, light wear to the spine ends (with the foot very slightly chipped), lower corners a bit worn but this is still a very nice, certainly better than very good copy.

This is an early issue with the following points: titlepage BAL third state; p.13 BAL second state with the illustration correctly listed at p.87 where it appears; p.57 BAL second state “with the saw” rather than the earlier “with the was”; p.183 BAL fourth state; p.155 BAL’s third state with the second “5” below the other numbers; frontispiece is BAL 3 (no priority).

20) Verve The French Review of Art. Nos. 5-6 July-October 1939.

Item Price: $925.00 (CAD)

Item Description: Paris: Editions de la Revue Verve, 1939. First edition. American issue with the rubber-stamp ‘American Representative Jeanette Rocart 40 East 49th St. New York City.’ Folio, original stiff wrappers, Profusely illustrated with 16 lithographs in color and black and white by Constantin Guys, Georges Braque, Georges Roualt, Andre Derain, Fernand Leger, Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse, Paul Klee. And other illustrations throughout. Bookplate o/w a fine copy in the original slipcase which is a bit worn at corners but o/w near fine slipcase. In all, a lovely copy of this special World’s Fair double issue.

Illustration by Braque, Bonnard, Matisse and Klee.

21) (WWI). CANADIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE. Oh, Canada! A Medley of Stories, Verse, Pictures, and Music Contributed by Members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

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Item Description: London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, (1917). First edition, Canadian issue with the paper sticker printed ‘Canada: Gordon & Gotch, Ltd. 136 Bay St., Toronto.’ 4to., orig. cream cloth backed beige boards, (96) pp. With illustrations, some in colour. A bit of scattered foxing, the beige boards a somewhat browned around the perimeter as usual but still a near fine copy in the dustwrapper (with a pictorial paper panel). The d/w has some chips to the spine ends and some wear and a chipping to the front panel but is certainly better than very good.

An interesting and varied selection of stories, verse, pictures and music contributed by both unknown members of the force (identified by initials only) as well as pieces by more recognizable names such as Lady Byng and Major Beckles Wilson.

22) YEATS, W.B. Stories of Red Hanrahan and The Secret Rose. Illustrated & Decorated By Norah McGuiness.

Item Price: $850.00 (CAD)

Item Description: London: Macmillan & Co., 1927. First edition, variant issue. Tall 8vo., original red cloth with pictorial design in black/dark blue. Fine in d/w with pieces chipped off at spine ends affecting title and imprint but still a very good d/w. First trade publication of Yeats’ poem, “Sailing to Byzantium”.

Wade 157 stating the issue in red cloth is scarce.

New Item 1:   YEATS, W.B. The Wild Swans At Coole. (First U.S. edition) 

Item Price: $2,000.00 (CAD)

Item Description: New York: The Macmillan Company, 1919. First U.S. edition. (preceded by the Cuala Press edition and the English edition). The U.S. edition is enlarged from the Cuala Press edition and has a new preface. 8vo., orig. blue grey paper boards with a design in black by T. Sturge Moore, (x), 115, (116 blank), (6)pp. ads.

Bookplate of Toronto book-collector W. Macdonald MacKay, boards slightly browned on the top edge, outer rear hinge partly cracked but still an about near fine copy in the d/w which has some browning, slight chipping to the spine ends, a few nicks to the edges but still a better than very good example of the d/w that also has a design by T. Sturge Moore.

Wade 125.

New Item 2:   WELLS, H.G. In The Days Of The Comet. (First U.S. edition)

Item Price: $7,000.00 (CAD)

Item Description: New York: The Century Co., 1906. First U.S. edition. Orig. blue pictorial cloth with the binding designed by “Decorative Designers.” Bookplate, small name on half-title o/w a fine copy in the d/w which has tape on at the top of the spine and the top corner of the upper panel, a bit of wear to the top of the spine but still a near fine d/w. Scarce in d/w.

New Item 3:   HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Green Hills of Africa. (First English edition)

Item Price: $850.00 (CAD)

Item Description: London: Jonathan Cape, (1936). First English edition. Name, spine and perimeter of green buckram slightly faded o/w near fine in a d/w with a touch of wear to the spine ends and slight soiling to the rear panel.

New Item 4:   DICKENS, Charles. Dombey and Son. With Illustrations by H. K. Browne. (First edition, first issue)

Item Price: $1,250.00 (CAD)

Item Description: London: Bradbury & Evans, 1848. First edition, first issue. Bound from the parts, with the following first issue points: The half-title is present so often missing; the 2 line errata sheet is bound in (however the 12 line errata sheet is not present); In the title-page vignette, Capt. Cuttle’s hook is on his left arm; p. xv, no page entry for the frontispiece and vignette, and no quotation marks around “the party” line 2; p. 14, ten lines up, “aint” has no apostrophe; p. 26, line 11 has “fidgety”; on p. 40, “shewed” and “shew” instead of “showed” and “show”; p. 284, fifth and sixth lines from the bottom, “Delight” instead of “Joy”; “Capatin” instead of “Captain” last line p. 324, Part XIV is of a mixed issue: “if” is missing from line 9, p. 426, but the page number is present on p. 431 (as usual); p. 582, the last line has no full stop.

Tall 8vo., rebound in modern brown tree calf, raised bands, gilt compartments, leather spine labels, elaborate gilt borders on the boards, xvi, 624pp. With illustrations. Foxing to the plates otherwise a very nice copy.