Having operated shops on Queen Street West in downtown Toronto since our founding in 1974, we closed the shop in March, 2014 and now operate from home in Welland, Ontario (close to Niagara Falls, only two turns from Toronto). We can see visitors by appointment. The books (currently around 15,000 of them) are priced, on shelves, and in categories. We continue to specialize in literary books, especially Canadian literary books, general Canadiana, and select out-of-print and rare books in various fields (mostly 19th and 20th century, though we do stock some earlier). We now have some ephemera, but don’t stock comic books, fairly recent used books, bestseller novels, nor paperbacks (unless collectible). Business is primarily by internet or mail. We welcome and pay attention to wants lists when they are for books we might actually find some day and which are worth more than a token amount.

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Item Price: CAD 595

Item Description: METCALF, John and Tony Calzetta
Oakville, Ontario: Presswerk Editions, 1995

First edition. Black cloth, 29 cm, violet and green textured Kurotani silk endpapers. pp (18) + 2 black card leaves + 4 black card leaves containing three hand coloured woodcuts (one double page) with tissue guards, by Tony Calzetta. Text printed on BFK Rives paper, silver Calzetta drawing on front cover. Encased in a black cloth slipcase titled in silver. One very small light mark on spjne of book, else fine in fine slipcase. Total edition of 70 copies, this is #40 of the 50 for sale, signed by Metcalf and Calzetta. There were also 12 special copies with a sheet of the author’s manuscript, five artist’s proofs, and three handling copies. Short story by Metcalf illustrated by a renowned Canadian artist. Published at CAD 300 in 1995. A handsome book. 1.1 kg. [53727]


Item Price: CAD 475

Item Description: MARTINDALE, (Frances, illustrator)
London: Mr Mitchell, Publisher to the Queen, Chromo-Lithographed by Day & Son, no date [ca.1860s]

Folio. Original red bevel edge cloth lettered and decorated in gilt and blind. Modern rebacking of matching red morocco, gilt titled, cloth inner hinges. 25 colour plates on 13 heavy leaves, all edges gilt. Some professional repairs at outer corners and edges of covers; small chip at bottom edge of front free endpaper; scattered foxing to margins but only a few of the plates show any foxing at all; separation at fore edge of two leaves (a very easy repair if desired); else a VG tight copy, plates bright and clean. The leaves (all but the last) have a colour plate on each side mounted within a heavy card frame, two frames joined to make each leaf.

Old ink inscription on front free endpaper “Given to my Father, Rev Rufus W. Clark, D.D. at Albany, N.Y. – January first – 1868 by General Stephen Van Rensselaer.” Tipped in at inner edge of one leaf (the other is loose) is a two page letter signed from Stephen Van Rensselaer to Clarke dated 1 Jan., 1868, headed “Manor House”, with his printed monogram, 8 x 5 inches, folded twice, short tears to two folds, else fine. The text is in a secretarial hand, which perhaps isn’t such a pity. as Ms Clark was confused about which Van Rensselaer gave the book to her father. It has to have been Stephen Van Rensselar IV (1789-1868), one of the largest land-holders in New York, the son of the distinguished War of 1812 general and politician Stephen Van Rensselaer III (1764-1839). IV found himself involved a the 30 year Anti-Rent Wars when the estate was divided. Van Rensselaer IV writes “Dear Doctor, Among the many books I have overlooked, this one I send is the most artistic & beautiful in design & in execution. The title alone renders it somewhat inappropriate, as never has God’s enchanted sun shine beamed more fully upon a family, than upon yours…..Your, aged friend, S.V Rensselaer” ( the text body, in a secretarial hand, is in sepia ink, the signature in black ink). In pencil lightly on the back of the tipped in leaf is “This book belongs to Eliza W. Clark”

Biblical calligraphed texts with fancy illustrated borders, illustrated and decorated initials (some in gilt). Inspired by the medieval illuminated manuscript, but thoroughly High Victorian, a striking example. COPAC locates only one copy, at the Nat. Lib. of Scotland. WorldCat finds three – at Cal. State, Stanford, and Delaware. Note: very heavy book, extra shipping will be required. [25361]



Item Price: CAD 300

Item Description: MONTGOMERY, L.M.
London: Hodder & Stoughton, no date (1923)

First UK printing. Octavo, light blue diagonally fine ribbed cloth lettered and ruled in black. pp viii, 299. Foxing to page edges and text early and late; endpapers browned; small “white out” on front free endpaper, else a VG clean and unworn copy of the scarce British first, published the same year as the US and Canadian editions. Violà locates only 3 copies of the UK first, including LMM’s own now at U Guelph. LAC copy in red boards is in fact a cheap reprint. [52563]


Item Price: CAD 150

Item Description: THE GARDEN OF CANADA: Burlington, Oakville and district
Toronto: William Briggs, 1902

First edition. Octavo. Dark green cloth lettered and bordered in gilt, all edges gilt, floral endpapers. pp [2]. (2), 95. Many photos. Front free endpaper has old tape stains with foxing on the verso and on the recto of the rear free endpaper; else a VG clean and unworn copy. Laid in is a newspaper clipping about the impending 1973 reprint and the mystery surrounding the biography of the author. Primarily a description of the homes and businesses in Burlington and Oakville, Ontario. Scarce. [52330]


Item Price: CAD 350

Item Description: SMITH, T. Watson
Halifax: Nova Scotia Historical Society, 1899

First edition. Octavo. Buff stiff printed card covers. pp (xii), 161. Index. Spine a bit darkened, with small chips to ends; old tape stains to inner margins of covers, with a skinned spot to top inner corner of front cover; joints and inner hinges neatly repaired with archival rice paper tape; covers a bit yellowed and lightly soiled, with corner chip to rear cover; lacking the front free endpaper; text paper a bit toned; else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy.

Watson’s long article is contained on pp 1-161 of Collections of the Nova Scotia Historical Society for the Years 1896-98, Volume X. Sabin, 84422. The earliest book-length study of the subject? Very scarce. A copy made USD 390 at a Swann auction 30 March, 2017. [53668]


Item Price: CAD 115

Item Description: FITZGERALD, F. Scott
TENDER IS THE NIGHT. With the Author’s Final Revisions and a Preface by Malcolm Cowley
London: Grey Walls Press, 1953

Strip of browning from offsetting of binding materials at inner margins of free endpapers, as always; short shallow bruise to lower edge of front cover, else fine and bright in a fine dust jacket, a lovely copy. Bruccoli A15.2.a., the variant in tan boards. Connelly THE MODERN MOVEMENT #79.

“Two versions of the novel are in print. The first version, published in 1934, uses flashbacks; the second, revised version, prepared by Fitzgerald’s friend and noted critic Malcolm Cowley on the basis of notes for a revision left by Fitzgerald, is ordered chronologically and was first published posthumously in 1948. Critics have suggested that Cowley’s revision was undertaken due to negative reviews of the temporal structure of the first version of the book. Fitzgerald considered Tender Is the Night to be his greatest work. Although it received a tepid response upon release, it has grown in acclaim over the years and is widely regarded as among Fitzgerald’s best books. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked the novel 28th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.” – Wikipedia. [53775]



Item Price: CAD 180

Item Description: GRAVY, Wavy (pseud. of Hugh Romney)
THE HOG FARM AND FRIENDS. By Wavy Gravy. As Told to Hugh Romney and Vice Versa. Foreword by Ken Kesey
New York: Links, 1974

Narrow quarto, colour card covers (by Rick Griffin). pp (195). INSCRIBED BY KEN KESEY on half-title page, boldly with an orange marker “For Greg, Am we having fun still ! Ken Kesey, 1992”. The inscribee is a Toronto author and impresario Greg Gatenby who brought Kesey to Toronto to a reading. His 1992 ink name appears above the inscription. Some spine rubbing, mainly to the folds; light rubbing to the covers, one small corner crease on rear cover; a few small tan spots on page edges; else a VG clean and tight copy. A good hippy artifact, genuinely signed by the late, great chief Merry Prankster. The Hog Farm is America’s oldest hippie commune. They were prominent at Woodstock. [37591]



Item Price: CAD 300

Item Description: MacLENNAN, Hugh
Toronto: Collins, 1945

First Canadian issue. Maroon cloth, spine stamped in silver. pp (x), 370, (4). Spine slightly darkened, and a little faded at foot; faint spotting to front cover; newspaper clippings pasted to front pastedown have caused offset yellowing to the free endpaper, which also has the red pencil ownership of Ward Caldbick; usual yellowing to page edges; else a VG copy. The second issue dust jacket, supplied from another copy, has nicks, tiny chips, rubbing and short tears, to spine ends; light rubbing to spine and flap folds; short tear and small chips to outer corners; VG otherwise, still attractive, flap price intact. Accompanied by a number of newspaper clippings pertaining to MacLennan. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on the title page “Hommage de l’auteur – Hugh MacLenann 1980”.

The winner of the 1945 Governor-General’s Award for Fiction, MacLennan’s first (of five) such prizes. One of the more important postwar Canadian novels, the title itself having become a common characterization of French-English relations in Canada.. The true first is the US edition (17 Jan., 1945), and the real thing is rather scarce. Almost all of the so-called firsts (of the US edition) offered on the internet every day are actually book club editions. This Canadian edition (printed in Canada) followed later, in March, I believe, and was made from American plates. Scarce on the market signed. [40670]



Item Price: $2500

Item Description: SPENSER, Edmund
SPENSER’S FAERIE QUEENE: a poem in six books, with the fragment Mutabilitie. Edited by Thomas J. Wise
London: George Allen, 1895-97

Six volumes, quarto, original light cream pictorial cloth stamped in gilt and red, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, original red on pink illustrated card covers bound in. Fore and bottom page edges tanned; light yellowing to free endpapers from binding; very light spine yellowing; soft bruise to upper inner corner of front covers; volume I has neat professional repairs to inner hinges, rear joint, and spine ends, with light darkening at ends, gilt imprint a little flaked; volume VI has one very small brown spot on the spine; volume II has a hairline crack to front inner hinge neatly repaired; a fine set otherwise, no owner names or plates, the vulnerable white cloth remarkably clean.

Edition of 1000 copies on handmade paper printed by Charles Whittingham of the Chiswick Press. 88 full- page woodcut illustrations (one double-page), 132 head and tailpieces, numerous woodcut initials, uniform illustration to front covers. Edited by the eminent book collector, bibliographer, and forger Thomas J. Wise. A very handsome production of this great classic of late 16th century English literature, an epic poem, one of the longest in the language, and still never completed. Considered by many to be Walter Crane’s best work in black & white, it was his most extensive commission as a book illustrator, taking three years to complete. Note: heavy set, extra postage will be required. [43078]


Item Price: $475

Item Description: CONAN DOYLE, A.
Toronto: Morang, 1902

First Canadian issue. Red cloth bordered in blind, lettered in white. pp (vi), (250), (8, Morang ads) + 8 plates. Most of the delicate spine lettering flaked away, as often, with slight wear at spine ends; yellowing to page edges; some signatures protrude at fore edges; soft bump to lower inner corners of text throughout; a little leaned; in all, a good, sound copy, no owner names, hinges not cracked. Made from US sheets, and far scarcer than either the US or UK editions.There were only 2905 copies of the Canadian issue, supplied in batches of 2504 and 401 copies, in either red or blue cloth. G&G A26d, not noting the ads. [36592]


Item Price: $900

Item Description: HOLBACH, (Paul Henri Dietrich Thiry, Baron d’, 1723-89).
LA POLITIQUE NATURELLE. Ou discours sur les vrais principes du gouvernement. Par un ancien magistrat.
Londres (i.e. Amsterdam): Marc-Michel Rey, 1773.

First edition. Two volumes, octavo. pp (viii), 232; [4], 280. Half-titles present, binder’s blanks front and rear. Bound in contemporary tortoiseshell calf, gilt decorative borders to spines, spines with raised bands, labels, gilt ornaments, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, bound-in ribbon bookmark (perished in vol. I). Small chips to foot of spine of vol. I; covers just a little bowed; yellowing to a few leaves in text; “Baron Holbach” very lightly in ink to half-title leaf in vol. II ; else VG, tight in the bindings, hinges not cracked, text clean and fresh.

Variant (first printing?) with a period (vs comma) after “Naturelle” on title page, and with the signature marks at bottom centre of pages, and collating a little differently from the other recorded variant. Vercruysse (1773) A2 and A3 describes two variants, listing this one first, but not giving any reason for that order. Tchemerzine VI, 245b.

One of several works in which Holbach, the outspoken and influential atheist of the Englightenment, argues for principles of government based solely on social utility and the common good. He advocated the abolition of class privileges, progressive taxation, separation of church and state, religious toleration, secular public education, freedom of the press, and freedom of speech – familiar principles in western democracies today. [19570]


Item Price: $175

Item Description: KEROUAC, Jack
London: Deutsch, 1974

First hardcover edition. Pink boards. Fine copy. Fine price-clipped jacket has a new publisher’s price sticker of GBP 2.25 beside the clip. First published in the USA in 1959 as a paperback original. A tender novel about the 16 year old JK’s first love. [30677]


Item Price: $275

Item Description: DOBSON, Austin
New York / London: Dodd, Mead / Sampson Low, Marston, 1891

First edition, the large paper issue, limited to 150 copies signed by Dobson. This is number 124, being one of the 50 copies for America. Thick quarto, 25.6 cm. Original buff cloth spine gilt lettered and blue boards, page edges rough trimmed. pp (2), xiv, 368, [2] + sepia photogravure frontispiece portrait and 11 other sepia photogravures, all with captioned tissue guards, and numerous other plates with tissue guards + one folding facsimile letter. Also illustrations in text on yellow background.

Spine has damp spots and is a bit darkened, with gilt lettering dull; bit of wear to outer corners of boards; soft bump to lower outer corners of text; else a VG clean and tight copy, no owner names.

Title page in red and black, the London title leaf is laid in followed by the bound in New York title leaf. Part II, pp 197-352 consists of a bibliography of books and pamphlets relating to Hogarth, a catalogue of prints by or after Hogarth, and a catalogue of pictures by or after Hogarth. An Index follows. Printed at the Chiswick Press. Dedicated to the great book collector Robert Hoe. Note: 3 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required. [41342]


Item Price: $175

Item Description: NEIL, John R.
THE SCALAWAGONS OF OZ. Illustrated by John R. Neill

Chicago: Reilly & Lee, 1941.

First printing. Quarto, red cloth, colour pictorial cover label. Black & white illustrations. 16 page gatherings, “SCALA-WAGONS” on spine. Spine sunned to tan, tiny abrasion to upper inner corner of cover label; yellowing to page edges; tidy owner name in printed space provided; vertical crease to pp 129-32; VG+ tight and unworn copy otherwise. Bienvenue & Schmidt p.127.

One of the less common titles in the series begun by L. Frank Baum. Neil was the illustrator of many of the early Oz books. [35685]

15.  First and in many respects the best biography of William Blake

Item Price: $475

Item Description: GILCHRIST, Alexander
LIFE OF WILLIAM BLAKE. “Pictor ignotus”: With selections from his poems and other writings. Illustrated from Blake’s own works, in facsimile, by W.J. Linton, and in photolithography; with a few of Blake’s original plates. In two volumes

London and Cambridge: Macmillan, 1863

First edition. Two volumes, octavo, bound in old half black morocco and marbled boards, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. pp [4], (xvi), (390), [4]; [4], (viii), [4] + frontispieces (one folding) with tissue guards. Volume I has an additional 11 plates (6 printed in brown). Volume II has an additional 38 plates (16 brown). Many text illustrations.

Inner hinges neatly repaired with maroon cloth tape; Vol. I has a shallow chip across head of the spine and a cracked front hinge, with a slight separation verso of front free endpaper. Vol. II has a shallow chip across head of spine. Page edges yellowed, small ink owner name at front of each volume, yellowing to the tissue guards, text paper lightly toned as always; in all VG externally, internally mainly fine, now firm in the bindings, an attractive copy.

Bentley, Blake Books, 1234 A: “Never has an important literary reputation been posthumously established so effectively, instantaneously, and forcefully…. Gilchrist’s title, ‘Pictor Ignotus,’ had not been mere showmanship. Blake had been unknown, and Gilchrist made him sensationally well-known. From 1863 on, Blake took an unchallenged place in literary and artistic history as one of the great figures of the Romantic Movement. Gilchrist’s biography is still, in many respects, the best biography of Blake” 1.25 kg parcel. [52140]


Item Price: $915

Item Description: HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel
A WONDER-BOOK FOR GIRLS AND BOYS. With Engravings by Baker from Designs by Billings
Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1852

First printing, with the error on p. 21. Small octavo. pp vi, (7)-256 + frontispiece and six other plates. Rebound (early 20th century?) in half black morocco and green cloth, spine with five raised bands, rich Art Nouveau-style gilt floral decoration to spine panels, top edges gilt, green cloth endpapers, bound-in ribbon bookmark, two binder’s blanks at front and at rear. Some rubbing and flaking to the gilt on the top page edges; one inch closed tear to pp 67-68 neatly repaired (legibility not impaired); else a fine copy, contents very clean and unworn (washed when rebound?), no previous owner’s names or bookplates. Clarke A18.1.a. BAL 7606. Peter Parley to Penrod p. 6.

Quite a nice copy of this classic American juvenile in a handsome binding, the Greek myths re-told for youngsters, and the great American novelist’s first book for children (Tanglewood Tales, 1853, was the sequel). [19075]


Item Price: $125

Item Description: THE BOY’S OWN MAGAZINE: an illustrated journal of fact, fiction, history, and adventure
London: S.O. Beeton, no date (1862)

Octavo. Volumes 1 (1855) and 2 (1856) bound together in publisher’s cloth. Green wave grain cloth elaborated decorated and lettered in gilt on spine and front cover, decorated in blind on rear cover, all edges gilt, cream endpapers. Vol. I: pp viii, 376 + illustrated half-title and folding plate at p.1. Vol. II: pp viii, 376 + frontispiece illustration and illustrated half-title. Index at front. Tipped in slip at rear advertising a new and revised edition of Beeton’s Penny Dictionary, with the first number due 31 May, 1862. Text in double columns with many vignette illustrations. Just a few soil spots in text; pp 57-58 of volume II a little darkened and with small chips in margins, professionally repaired with rice paper (no text lost); half-title of Vol. I lacks a piece of the lower inner corner and is mounted on cream paper; front free endpaper of Vol. I renewed with cream paper; otherwise quite nice, externally near fine. Beeton published the magazine 1855-74. The New Series was published 1863-70. [51413]


Item Price: $350

Item Description: COHEN, Leonard
THE SPICE- BOX OF EARTH. Drawings: Frank Newfeld.
Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1961

First printing. The simultaneous paper issue. Card covers with attached black dust jacket. pp (x), (102), some lettering and illustrations in text printed in red and light olive. Yellowing to page edges, small ink name on front free endpaper, minor rubbing to out corners, else fine, no tears to the die cut window on front panel of the jacket.

A handsome book, designed and illustrated by Frank Newfeld, English Canada’s best commercial book designer in his time. A nice copy of the poet’s second book, first from a commercial publisher. Contains “As the Mist Leaves No Scar”, one of Cohen’s most beautiful love poems. #35 in the Literary Review of Canada list of the 100 most important Canadian books – “Spice-Box contains a dozen of Canada’s finest love lyrics”. [51250]

19.  Andy Warhol’s First Solo Museum Exhibition

Item Price: $1495

Item Description: GREEN, Samuel Adams, introduction
Philadelphia: Institute of Contemporary Art. University of Pennsylvania, 1965

18.5 x 14 cm, card covers perfect bound with black cloth backstrip, the front cover reproducing Warhol’s famous image of 100 Campbell’s beef noodle soup cans. One tissue leaf, some other leaves of various colours. Rubber stamped “Review Copy” twice at front. 27 works reproduced in text, some in colour, some double page.

Backstrip has a short tear at foot; backstrip adhesive was inadequate for the job and all the leaves are now loose (but complete) in the binding. Otherwise a VG+ copy.

The catalogue was designed by Ben Birillo and accompanied the exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, 08 Oct to 21 Nov, 1965, which was Warhol’s first solo museum exhibition. Elvis as gunslinger, Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Munroe, Elizabeth Taylor, 200 one dollar bills, and more. A scarce, fragile, and excellent Warhol artifact. [53148]


Item Price: $895

Item Description: ORWELL, George
London: Gollancz, 1936

First printing. Blue cloth lettered in black. Spine very lightly darkened; a little leaned; cracked front inner hinge neatly repaired; light evidence of removed label inside front cover; the front free endpaper was once pasted down, now lifted, but showing tan glue streaks on recto. text paper slightly toned as always, page edges yellowed; else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy, lacking the rare dust jacket.

Only 3000 sets of sheets were printed, of which 2500 were bound, 2256 sold, and more than 200 lost to the war. A comic novel about a wannabe poet who grudgingly works in a bookshop, a fun read. This first printing is quite scarce on the market in any condition. Draws on Orwell’s own experience working in a bookshop. [53366]

21.  Holinshed’s Scotland, the edition Shakespeare drew upon

Item Price: $2995

Item Description: HOLINSHED, Raphael, 1529-80
THE DESCRIPTION OF SCOTLAND, written at the first by Hector Boetius in Latine, and afterward translated into the Scotish speech by Iohn Bellenden, Archdeacon of Murrey, and now finallie into English by R.H. Whereupon is inferred the historie of Scotland, conteining the beginning, increase, proceeding, continuance, acts, and governement of the Scottish nation, from the originall thereof unto the yeare 1571, gathered and written in English by Raphaell Hollindshead: and continued from 1571, to 1585, by others
London: Printed by Henry Denham, 1587.

Though the title page is dated 1585, the colophon reads “Finished in Ianuarie 1587, and the 29 of the Queenes Maiesties reigne, with the full continuation of the former yeares, at the expenses of Iohn Harison, George Bishop, Rafe Newberie, Henrie Denham, and Thomas VVoodcocke. At London printed [by Henry Denham] in Aldersgate street at the signe of the Starre”. Illustrated title page, head and tail pieces, illustrated initial, text in black letter. Bound in old (early 19th century?) mottled calf, rebacked, spine with raised bands, red label, gilt ornament. Green endpapers. Rubbing to the front joint, modest wear to outer corners; in all VG or better externally, internally fine and fresh, tight in the binding. This is volume 2 only (of 3) of Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Ireland, and Scotland, previously published in 1577 in a two volume format. See ESTC S122178.

This revised second edition is the one Shakespeare used for most of his history plays, the plot of Macbeth, and for portions of King Lear and Cymbeline. “The Scottish section is largely a translation of Hector Boece’s Scotorum Historiae. A second edition was issued in 1587, but it contained some passages that were considered offensive to the Queen and her ministers. The pages in question were removed by order of the Privy Council. The missing passages were separately published in 1723, and a complete reprint appeared in 1807.” – Wikipedia. 3 kg parcel. [49766]


Item Price: $60

Item Description: Rosenberg, Louis
Canada’s Jews: A Social and Economic Study of Jews in Canada in the 1930s
Montreal & Kingston: McGill – Queens University Press, 1993

Quarto. Reprint of the 1939 edition. Red cloth. pp (xxiv), 424. Many charts and tables. Fine copy. 2 kg parcel. [51016]

23.  Farm Weeds of Canada, French version. 25 chromolithographed botanical plates

Item Price: $60

Item Description: CLARK, Geo. H. and M. Oscar Malte
Plantes Fourragères, Prairies et Pâturages…Avec gravures à l’aquarelle de Norman Criddle [FARM WEEDS OF CANADA]

Ottawa: Department of Agriculture, 1913. Quarto, olive cloth gilt. pp 160 + 25 chromolithographic plates of plants + 2 colour plates of seeds. Line drawings in text. Published in English as FARM WEEDS OF CANADA. A nice copy of a book often gutted of the plates. 1.5 kg parcel. [36732]

24.  “The Canadian James Bond”

Item Price: $550

Item Description: FLEMING, Ian
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME London: Cape, 1962

First printing. Black boards stamped in silver and blind, red endpapers. Small bumps to lower outer corners of covers; small, faint erasure to front free endpaper; faintest of yellowing to page edges; else fine, no owner names. Price-clipped jacket has a tiny nicks and small soft creases at head of spine. else fine.

The “Canadian James Bond”, also unusual in that it is told from the viewpoint of the French-Canadian heroine Vivienne Michel (the name of the wife of one of Fleming’s golfing partners). Though none of the book is set in Canada (most of the Bond action takes place in upstate New York near the Canadian border), the heroine talks a fair bit about being a Quebecoise, describing her difficulties and isolation in an English boarding school and then in America, also commenting on French-Canadian nationalism. [48547]

25.  First James Bond novel

Item Price: $1175

Item Description: FLEMING, Ian
New York: Macmillan, 1954

First US printing. Dark green cloth stamped in red. Small soft crease at foot of spine, else fine, corners sharp, no owner names. Dust jacket has rubbed chips to spine ends, with one inch tear to bottom rear spine fold; red portion of spine sunned to pink; small tears and small chip to top edge of front panel; front flap corners clipped by publisher as they did for a time, with $2.75 price printed vertically, making this the usual second issue jacket. The first issue, with unclipped corners but same price, is quite rare. In all, good to VG-. but still respectable in appearance.

Modest print run, poor sales, scarce today. The British first costs a great deal more. [48557]

26.  The man with the Midas touch

Item Price: $2950

Item Description: FLEMING, Ian
London: Cape, 1959

First printing. Black boards stamped in blind and gilt. Very small bump to upper outer corner of front cover, faintest of yellowing to page edges, else fine, no owner names. First issue dust jacket has very small soft creases to upper corner of front panel, else fine, flap price (15s) intact, no yellowing to the spine. Quite a nice copy of the seventh James Bond novel, basis of the famous film with its memorable theme song. [48545]

27.  Great oyster book

Item Price: $925

Item Description: PHILPOTS, John R.
OYSTERS AND ALL ABOUT THEM: being a complete history of the titular subject, exhaustive on all points of necessary and curious information from the earliest writers to those of the present time, with numerous additions, facts, and notes

London: John Richardson & Co., 1890 & 1891. First edition. Two volumes, octavo, original blue pictorial cloth stamped in black, gilt lettered. pp (2), 642; (2), 643-1370. Index. A few tables but not illustrated. Professional restorations. Damp stains to covers; spines bit darkened with gilt lettering dull; page edges yellowed, with damp stains, light tide marks to upper margin of first half of Vol. I, no visible penetration to text margins otherwise; Vol. I has upper outer corner of pp 861-62 lacking (no text affected), repair to same corner of following leaf (no text loss); two leaves reatttached at inner margins (no text loss); new endpapers; resewn; text paper lightly toned; in all, a good pair, tight in the bindings, text clean and unworn.

Probably The Great Oyster Book in English. Only edition. Very scarce. 2.5 kg parcel, [43056]

28.  Tribes of Southern India, turn of the 20th century

Item Price: $80

Item Description: THURSTON, Edgar
Madras: The Superintendent, Government Press, 1906.

First printing. Thick octavo, original grey pictorial cloth stamped in gilt and black. pp viii, 580 + frontispiece with tissue guard and 39 other plates (collated complete). Index. Page edges yellowed; 1919 ink name at front; very light cover soiling; endpaper yellowing; scattered foxing in text; frequent pencil marks in text, mostly in margins; cracked inner hinge neatly repaired; else a VG clean and unworn copy.
2 kg parcel [42886]