Bison Books

Aimee Peake, Winnipeg, MB

Bison Books offer an eclectic, fresh collection of 20,000 meticulously-curated antiquarian and good used books. We have a long-established reputation of easygoing professionalism, and maintain a refined selection of everything from first editions, fine bindings and antiquarian books, to Indigenous studies, literature, art, and classics, with new acquisitions daily.

Proprietor Aimee Peake has been active in the antiquarian book business for over 25 years. On behalf of Bison Books, she has exhibited at book fairs in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, New York, and California; she has also attended fairs in Boston and Paris, and participated in the 2018 ILAB Congress in Pasadena. Aimee is President of the Winnipeg Association of Secondhand Bookstores, a board member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of Canada, and an affiliate of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, and adheres to the ILAB Code of Ethics.

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(204) 947-5931

424 Graham Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0L8

1.  A Trip to Manitoba by James Trow, 1875

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Item Description:   “The following Letters addressed to the Editor of the Stratford Beacon by Mr. Trow, M.P. are reproduced as containing notes of travel over the Dawson route, and impressions of the Province of Manitoba with respect to its capabilities.” -Preface. “The text is made up of a series of letters Trow wrote while en route in the summer of 1874 from Thunder Bay at the head of Lake Superior to Winnipeg by the so-called Dawson Route. Besides describing the trip, he tells of the real estate boom at Winnipeg, of a trip up the Assiniboine Valley westward to Portage la Prairie, and of the great plague of grasshoppers.” -Streeter. The author recounts his trip in detail, including evenings in tents and in Indigenous encampments; scenery; Indigenous burial practices, pow-wows, etc.; HBC forts; settler homesteads; Louis Riel; railway construction; Russian Mennonite immigration; farming and fishing; terms of Treaties, and more. Streeter VI: 3743; Peel 760. Scarce! Not otherwise available for sale, and not seen at auction since 1970. Quebec: S. Marcotte, Printer & Publisher, 1875. pp. 86. 12mo. Other copies descibed as stitched, leatherbound, or recent rebinds; this copy is stitched, begins with the title page, and shows traces of wrappers at the spine. Some creasing along gutter, three neat holes 1 cm from spine, minor age-toning, stitching sound, contents clean and unmarked. Remarkably crisp and clean for a book of this age and material. Wraps.

2.  First Dutch Edition of Lafitau’s De Zeden der Wilden van Amerika, Vellum Bound, 1731

Item Price: $2000

Item Description: Lafitau (1681-1746) was a French Jesuit missionary who worked amongst the Indigenous tribes of Canada (chiefly the Iroquois) from 1711-1717, carrying out an unusually scientific study of their customs; “a voyageur in the mainstream of empirical ethnography” – DCB. This first Dutch edition followed the 1724 French edition titled “Moeurs des Savages Ameriquains”; the English-language edition was published in 1974 as part of the Champlain Society’s General Series. “Gives very extended and very exact details of the customs, manners, and religion of the Savages of North America, though principally of the Indians of Canada” – Sabin. Sabin 38598; Howes L22; Streeter I, 121; DCB III p.334-338. Lafitau [La Fiteau], Joseph-Francois. De Zeden der Wilden van Amerika (2 volumes in one). The Hague: Gerard Vander Poel, 1731. First Dutch edition. pp. (14), 36, (18), 300 (4), 301-555; some erroneous numbering of pages (as is often noted regarding this edition; text is complete and continuous notwithstanding). Both half titles and title pages are present, with titles in red and black; also the map, and 41 of the 42 called-for engraved plates (missing plate 29). Folio (330 x 200 mm). Contemporary vellum binding with blind-tooled central arabesque to boards, rules to boards and spine, title hand-written on spine, rubbed but legible. Some discolouration and wear to boards, corner torn from front pastedown, first signature loosened, tear to title page (from gutter into centre, about 10 cm in total), occasional spotting; very good copy in contemporary binding. Vellum.

3.  Limited Subscriber’s Edition, Tanks Are Mighty Fine Things

Item Price: $450

Item Description: The Voyeur and the Countess Wielpolska; Eight Poems; Five Stories; The Topography of Typography; Corpses, Brats and Cricket Music; The Machine Minders; Autobiographies. Three folders of loose material, four books with illustrated and photographic card covers, and one pamphlet bound with string. Most items hand-numbered 49/100; with signatures of Kociejowski, Faludy, Sibum, Kinsella, McWhirter; and with Herbert Siebner illustration numbered 45/200 and two lithographs by Dianne Ostoice numbered 49/150. Vancouver: William Hoffer, 1987. Limited edition. Some negligible blue ink transfer to top edges from slipcase, otherwise all materials remain in near fine condition and housed in near fine slipcase. Paperback.

4.  The Death of Pierrot, Signed by Harry A. V. Green, with Woodcuts by W. J. Phillips

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Item Description:   No pagination. An 18-page play, with two woodcuts by Phillips. SIGNED by Green in pencil on first page. The Death of Pierrot A Trivial Tragedy in One Act. Winnipeg, Manitoba: Community Players of Winnipeg, 1923. No pagination.

5.  The Eskimo Book of Knowledge / Aglait Ilisimatiksat Inun Ilingnajut, 1931

Item Price: $350

Item Description: Dual language text. A condescending colonialist treatise containing “information useful to the Labrador and other Canadian Eskimos, in adjusting to the white man’s administration; includes sections on the British Empire, health, and work (trapping, handicrafts, etc.)” – Arctic Bibliography 1569. Scarce. Provenance: ink inscription reads “Gordon Tennet Donator/ III : MCMLXVI … / ex Libris Dermot F Collis”: likely the Collis who was translator of “Ulirnaisigutiit: An Inuktitut-English Dictionary of Northern Quebec, Labrador and Eastern Arctic Dialects”. Binney, George [W.W. Perrett; Dr. S.K. Hutton, trans.]. Rendered into the Labrador Dialect by the Reverend W.W. Perrett with the Assistance of Dr. S.K. Hutton. London: Hudson’s Bay Company, 1931. pp. 237. 8vo in original paper-covered boards with illustrated pastedown to front board, blue lettering to front board and spine, and Hudson’s Bay Company flag to rear board. Map endpapers. Photographic frontispiece, black and white photos. Spine slant, some scuffing, top of spine torn and repaired, half-title coming away from binding at gutter, contents clean, binding remains tight. Hardcover.

6.  1882 Department of Indian Affairs Report in French, with Intro by John A. MacDonald

Item Price: $250

Item Description: In French. A detailed snapshot of the Indigenous peoples at a pivotal time in history with extensive statistical tables. Then-Superintendent General of Indian Affairs John A. MacDonald’s introduction summarizes the events of the year, followed by a report by John J. McGee regarding the co-operation of the Canadian and US governments on related matters. Following thereafter are detailed yearly statements by Superintendents and Agents, organized by area and including a census; and detailed Financial Statements. Canada Department des Affaires des Sauvages [John A. MacDonald, intro.]. Rapport Annuel du Department des Affaires des Sauvages pour l’Année Expirée le 31 Décembre 1882. Ottawa: Canada Department des Affaires des Sauvages / Imprimerie Maclean, Roger et Cie, 1883. pp. lxv, 275, 212. 8vo. Original blue wrappers, showing professional restoration (mostly over spine), splitting at front joint, small chips at edges, crease to first several pages, rubber stamp to two pages (Société Historique de Montreal), otherwise contents remain clean and unmarked, binding sound. Fold-out chart present and unmarred. Paperback.

7.  Fore-Edge Painting: “View of Winnipeg from St. Boniface” ca. 1880’s, on the book “Lives of Eminent Naturalists”

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Item Description: A lovely binding with a hand-painted scenic view on the fore-edge, most likely of Winnipeg from the St. Boniface ferry landing, ca. 1885. The painting bears a striking similarity to an engraving of this location drawn by George Munro Grant, which appeared in the classic book “Picturesque Canada” in 1882. Fore-edge paintings have a mystery about them which leaves collectors intrigued: they are hidden treasures awaiting discovery.It’s possible that a wealthy patron had commissioned the work at a critical juncture during the city’s history: Winnipeg was incorporated as a city in 1873, and with the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway to Winnipeg in 1881, mass migration to the prairies could begin in earnest. As the population in Winnipeg began to grow, the bustling metropolis became the commercial hub between Canada’s east and west. Conversely, one could argue that if the image was painted in the country of its publisher, a British artist could have used a contemporary image of an exotic North American outpost to adorn the book. Naturalists were drawn to North America for its pristine nature and the attendant possibilities for research and exploration: perhaps the artist fancied Winnipeg as the outpost where civilization meets nature. We may never be sure of the story behind this piece, hence the allure. [Artist Unknown]. Fore-Edge Painting: “View of Winnipeg from St. Boniface” ca. 1880’s [On the book “Lives of Eminent Naturalists”]. Edinburgh: W. H. Lizars, 1840. Small 8vo. Lovely black leather binding with Art-Nouveau style gilt decoration to boards, and gilt rules and lettering to spine. Page edges gilt. A few scuffs and abrasions to binding, occasional light foxing, contents unmarked, binding tight and sound. Leather Bound.

8.  First Canadian Edition, Animal Farm by George Orwell

Item Price: $250

Item Description: Scarce. Title page shows imprints of Secker & Warburg London *and* Reginald Saunders Toronto. “First Canadian Edition” and “Printed in Canada” on copyright page. Toronto: Reginald Saunders, 1946. First Canadian edition. pp. 118. Slim 8vo. Bound in red cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Spine sunned and showing wear to ends, light edgewear, front free endpaper excised, contents clean, bright and unmarked. Lacks jacket. Hardcover.

9.  Signed, Limited Edition, The Love Poems of Irving Layton

Item Price: $1500

Item Description: With Five Original Lithographs by Graham Coughtry. Printed in 1978 in three editions: an unremarkable trade edition, a limited edition of two hundred copies, signed by author and artist, and bound in quarter suede and brown cloth, and this extraordinary – very special – edition, limited to thirty copies of which this is copy number 23, signed by both Layton and Coughtry at the colophon. Toronto: Canadian Fine Editions, 1978. p. 101. Large 4to. Bound in full brown suede, with the title stamped in gilt to the front board, over and under a smaller reproduction of one of the artist’s lithographs, which has been tabbed to the board. All edges gilt. Each page of the text printed on an uncut quarto sheet. Each of the five tipped-in lithographs are hand-numbered and signed by the artist. Spine shows a bit of sunning. Small (one inch) ‘ghost’ of tape to lower left of rear board, causing darkening to the suede. Pastedown to front board shows a touch of soiling. Binding otherwise tight and in very good condition. Contents pristine. A magnificent copy. Leather Bound.

10.  First Edition, We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Item Price: $325

Item Description: New York: The Viking Press, 1962. First edition. pp. 214. 8vo. Cream-coloured cloth spine over cranberry boards. Cranberry lettering to spine and publisher’s topstain. Spine age-toned, spine slant, light egdewear, internally clean and unmarked, binding sound; very good-, in good- dust jacket, showing price-clipped flap, age-darkened spine, a few spots and scuffs, and some chipping to edges. Front panel with the Paul Bacon illustrations remains punchy. Hardcover. “I have often thought that with any luck at all I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise.”

11.  First Edition, Book of Mercy by Leonard Cohen

Item Price: $250

Item Description: Printed by T. H. Best Printing Co., and matching the points of issue as listed in Spadoni & Donnelly 3513. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1984. First edition. ISBN: 0771022069. No pagination [112]. 8vo. Bound in navy cloth with gilt double-heart design stamped on front board, and gilt lettering to spine. Light rubbing to edges, bookplate *and* name sticker to front free endpaper, contents clean and unmarked, binding sound; very good, in very good, price-clipped dustjacket showing rubbing at edges and light sunning to spine. Hardcover.

12.  First Edition, The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks by Robertson Davies, with Clair Stewart Illustrations

Item Price: $300

Item Description: True first edition, first state. Ornamented title page, followed by bound-in (not stubbed) page (copyright info on verso). No tipped-in ‘warning to the reader’, or contents page caveat. The first book of Samuel Marchbanks. Toronto: Clarke Irwin, 1947. 1st edition. pp. 204. 8vo. Bound in red cloth, with silver lettering to spine. Clair Stewart illustrations. Top edge a bit dusty, text block age-toned, near fine. The dust jacket has several small closed tears to top and is very lightly soiled; else very good. A price of $2.50 is shown. Hardcover.

13.  Scarce Regimental History of 435 Squadron, Royal Canadian Airforce, ca. 1946

Item Price: $300

Item Description: A history of 435 Squadron, of the Royal Canadian Air Force, who served in Burma and India during 1944 and 1945. No place, or date, of publication shown; gift inscription “with best wishes for 1947”, signed from R. R. Cooper, who is included in the Manitoba section of the Alphabetical index of personnel of the Chinthe Squadron at the end of the book. Printed by Diggon-Hibben Limited, Victoria, BC. A very scarce regimental history. Law, W. C., ed. Chinthe. [B.C., Canada], ND [ca. 1946]. 1st edition. pp. 166. 4to. Bound in navy cloth with decoration to spine and front board. Map endpapers. Plenty of well-captioned b&w photos. Minor edgewear, contents clean and unmarked, binding sound; very good+. Hardcover.

14.  Journals And Letters of Pierre Gaultier de Verendrye and His Sons, Facsimile of the 1927 Edition

Item Price: $550

Item Description: Facsimile of the 1927 edition published by The Champlain Society, Toronto: Champlain Society Publication XVI. Burpee, Lawrence J., ed. and intro. [La Verendrye]. Journals And Letters of Pierre Gaultier de Verendrye and His Sons With Correspondence Between the Governors of Canada and the French Court, Touching the Search for the Western Sea. New York: Greenwood Press, 1968. pp. xxiii, 548. 8vo. Bound in red cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Seven folding maps, present as called-for. Light edgewear, bookplate, ink name, a handful of pages show pencil marks to margins, binding sound; very good. Hardcover.

15.  Six Volumes of Canadian Alpine Journal, 1907-1912

Item Price: $325

Item Description: [The Alpine Club of Canada]. Canadian Alpine Journal (Six Volumes) Volume I, No. 1; Volume I, No. 2; Volume II, No. 1.; Volume II, No. 2; Volume III; Special Number. Winnipeg, Manitoba: The Alpine Club of Canada, 1907-1912. pp. 196; 198-334; 167; 229; 199; 97. 8vo. First volume bound in maroon cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front board and decoration in blind. All other volumes in paperback. Contains black and white illustrations and fold-out maps. Light general shelfwear, scuffing to boards of Volume I. Small chips to front cover of Volume II, No. 2. All volumes show sunning, minor bumping to head and tail of spine, spotting to edges and infrequent foxing; good+. Paperback.

New Item 1: Canadian Poems of the Great War, 1918

Item Price: $60.00

Item Description: Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1918. pp. 256. 8vo. Bound in maroon cloth with gilt decoration and lettering to front board and spine. Light general shelfwear, edgewear, age-toned edges, ink name to ffep dated Christmas 1919; very good in very good dustjacket showing lightest edgewear and age-toning.

New Item 2:   The 1949-50 Hockey Album, Presenting Members of the NHL in Close-Up and in Action

Item Price: $90.00

Item Description:  Including the New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto: Philip M. Stone, 1950. pp. 111. 8vo. Black & white photographs. Light shelfwear, edgeworn, dog eared corners; else good+. Stapled Wraps.

New Item 3:   Eskimo Songs / Report of the Canadian Arctic Expedition 1913-18, Volume XIV

Item Price: $60.00

Item Description:  Including the New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto: Philip M. Stone, 1950. pp. 111. 8vo. Black & white photographs. Light shelfwear, edgeworn, dog eared corners; else good+. Stapled Wraps.