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1. GRANT, George Monro, editor. PICTURESQUE CANADA; the country as it was and is…with over five hundred engravings on wood

Item Price: USD 450 / CAD 550​

Item Description: Two volumes, folio, 33 cm, original binding of half black morocco and dark brown morocco grain bevel edge cloth, front covers decoratively lettered in gilt with decorative rules, spine with raised bands, gilt ornamented compartments, gilt lettering and rules, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Vol I: pp [2], (2, title leaf), (x), 440, [2] + frontispiece and half-title with tissue guard, other full-page engravings with tissue guards, numerous illustrations in text. Vol. II: [2], (vii)-xii, (441)-880, [2}, with frontispiece and other plates with tissue guards, numerous illustrations in text. Just a few small rubbed spots neatly touched up, leather dressing applied, cracked front inner hinge of Vol I but still quite firm, else a fine pair. An unusually nice copy of this popular 19th century coffee table book which, because of weight and use, is often found worn. Note: very heavy parcel, extra shipping will be required. 8 kg; Book ID: 52652

2. Ray, Patrick Henry, John Murdoch, and others. Report of the International Polar Expedition to Point Barrow, Alaska, in response to the Resolution of the House of Representatives of December 11, 1884.

Item Price: USD 350 / CAD 435

Item Description: Washington: Government Printing Office, 1885. First edition. Large quarto, 29.5 cm, original black pebbled cloth with gilt spine lettering. pp 695 + color lithograph frontispiece, 10 photogravure plates, 2 color lithographs of birds, tinted lithograph of shells, and 7 wood engraved plates, and a folding map. tissue guards; numerous tables and in-text diagrams. Binding has bumps and slight wear to outer corners; contents mildly toned; penciled note to the title-page; else a clean and unworn VG copy.

“The [Point Barrow] expedition, which was commanded by Lieut. P. H. Ray, Eighth Infantry, U.S. Army, sailed from San Francisco July 18, 1881, and reached Cape Smyth, 11 miles southwest of Point Barrow, on September 8 of the same year. Here a permanent station was established, where the party remained until August 28, 1883, when the station was abandoned, and the party sailed for San Francisco, arriving there October 7. Though the main object of the expedition was the prosecution of the observations in terrestrial magnetism and meteorology, it was possible to obtain a large collection of articles illustrating the arts and industries of the Eskimo of the region, with whom the most friendly relations were early established.” (John Murdoch: Ethnological Results of the Point Barrow Expedition, 1889). The work comprises seven sections: I. Orders and Instructions; II. Narrative; III. Ethnographical Sketch of the Natives of Point Barrow (including Vocabulary and List of Ethnological Specimens Collected); IV. Natural History; V. Meteorology; VI. Magnetism; VII. Tides; VIII. Miscellaneous Observations. 3 kg parcel. Book ID: 51189


3. HAYES, Isaac I., M.D. THE LAND OF DESOLATION: being a personal narrative of observation and adventure in Greenland

4. SCORESBY, William. AN ACCOUNT OF THE ARCTIC REGIONS with a history and description of the northern whale-fishery. A reprint with a new Introduction by Professor Sir Alister Hardy, FRS

Item Price: USD 125 / CAD 155​

Item Description: Newton Abbot, Devon, England: David & Charles, 1969. Octavo. Two volumes. Vol. 1, The Arctic:. pp 549, with 82 pp. Appendix with Meteorological Tables; Vol. 2, The Whale Fishery: pp 574, with Index + folding maps, plates, and diagrams.

Facsimile reprint, with new introduction of the 1820 original. Vol. 2 has small bumps to lower outer corners of covers, else a fine pair. Pale blue dust jackets has corner, but not price, clipped from front flaps; spines lightly sunned, small spots; VG otherwise, no chips. 2.5 kg parcel. Book ID: 51603

5. ANDY WARHOL. Introduction by Samuel Adams Green

Item Price: USD 1495 / CAD 1850​

Item Description: Philadelphia: Institute of Contemporary Art. University of Pennsylvania, 1965.
First edition. 12mo / 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.

Book ID: 53148

6. TUCHMAN, Maurice, Esti Dunow, Klaus Perls. CHAIM SOUTINE (1893-1943): Catalogue Raisonné. Werkverzeichnis. Part I. Première Partie, Teil I

Item Price: USD 125 / CAD 155​

Item Description: Köln (Cologne): Taschen, 2001.

Thick large quarto, light blue boards. pp 780. Reproductions in colour and b&w. Bruise and crease at foot of spine; two inch split to lower front joint neatly repaired; one inch split to upper front inner hinge; crease to upper outer corner of pp 599-624; faint spotting to fore edges; VG clean and unworn otherwise, no owner names. Jacket has creases at foot of spine, else fine. Text in English, French, and German. Previously published in 1993 in a two volume format. Note: 4 kg parcel, extra postage will be required

Book ID: 45089


7. BELL, Charles, Sir. THE ANATOMY AND PHILOSOPHY OF EXPRESSION as connected with the fine arts

Item Price: USD 95 / CAD 118

Item Description: London: Henry G. Bohn, 1865. “Fifth edition”
Quarto, original red cloth stamped in blind and gilt, black endpapers. pp viii, 275 + 4 engraved plates at rear. Many vignette engravings in text. Pages (231)-68 contain an addendix “On the Nervous System” by Alexander Shaw. Contains the posthumous Preface to the Third Edition. Spine ends a bit frayed, wear along bottom fore margins of lower edges of covers; short cloth splits to joints neatly repaired, only minor light scattered foxing in text, nice bookplate inside front cover; else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy, text quite clean, hinges not cracked.

Sir Charles Bell (1774-1842) was a Scottish surgeon, anatomist, neurologist and philosophical theologian. The present work, one of many from Sir Charles, was first published in 1806 as Essays on The Anatomy of Expression in Painting. Bell’s studies on emotional expression, flawed though they were, played a catalytic role in the development of Darwin’s considerations of the origins of human emotional life; and Darwin very much agreed with Bell’s emphasis on the expressive role of the muscles of respiration. Darwin detailed these opinions in his The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872), Note: heavier parcel, extra shipping may be required.

Book ID: 38523


8. KARSH, Yousef. IN SEARCH OF GREATNESS: reflections of Yousef Karsh (INSCRIBED)

Item Price: USD 250 / CAD 310

Item Description: New York: Knopf, 1962. First US issue. Made from Canadian (University of Toronto) sheets.

Octavo. Black cloth. pp xiv, 210 pp + plates. Index. Fine copy. Dust jacket has a few nicks, minor wear to head of spine, VG+ otherwise.

INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR to noted Canadian poet Ralph Gustafson “For my friend, Ralph Gustafson, on a memorable day of reunion at Bishop’s University, which he helped to make so meaningful. With deep appreciation, Yousef Karsh, May 31, 1969”.

Karsh, a refugee from the Armenian genocide, arrived in Canada 31 Dec., 1923. He immediately moved to Sherbrook, Quebec, to live with maternal uncle, also a portrait photographer, who employed him and taught him the craft. Bishop’s university is located in Lennoxville, a suburb of Sherbrooke. Karsh was awarded a Doctor of Civil Law by Bishop’s. Gustafson graduated from there, began teaching there as early as 1920, and became an important and prolific Canadian poet

Book ID: 48492


9. NURA (Nura Woodson Ulreich, 1899-1950). THE BUTTERMILK TREE (inscribed to Clifton Fadiman)

Item Price: USD 125 / CAD 155​

Item Description: New York: Author, 1934. Quarto, variant binding of glossy peach boards . Unpaged. 16 b&w photogravures by the author / artist. Text printed on pale mauve thick stock, pale blue endpapers. Edition of 650 numbered copies, this copy not numbered, designated “Reviewer’s copy”. Two ink sketches by the author on the colophon page. Inscribed by the author at front “For – Clifton Fadiman, with all good wishes, Nura”. Bit worn at spine ends and outer corners; covers soiled, with numerous small black spots; yellowing to margins of endpapers. Externally just good, internally fine.

Second book of this American sculptor and painter. “Assiduous U. S. gallery snoopers and the Paris Salon d’Autonne have known about Nura since 1925. She studied in Kansas City’s Art Institute, at the Art Students League in New York and in Chicago where she met her Painter-Husband Eduard Buk Ulreich. Buk Ulreich nicknamed her Nura because he ‘never calls people by their right names.’ Her right name is Norah Woodson Ulreich. When she and her husband do murals together they sign them Bukannura. Living in a Manhattan studio, they have no children because Nura feels a real one might engross her to the point that she could not paint imaginary ones.” – from contemporary review in Time magazine. Clifton Paul “Kip” Fadiman (1904 -1999) was a popular American intellectual, author, editor, radio and television personality.

Book ID: 45361

10. SELBORNE, Joanna and Lindsay Newman. GWEN RAVERAT wood engraver

Item Price:

Item Description: Edition: First Trade Edition

London & New Castle, DE: British Library & Oak Knoll Press, 2003. First trade edition

Quarto. Black cloth. pp (152). Illustrated, index. Fine in fine jacket. Previously published in 1996 in an edition of 300 copies. Includes a descriptive bibliography of all her prints and the books she illustrated. 1.35 kg parcel

Book ID: 52496


Item Price: USD 95 / CAD 118

Item Description: London: The Dilettanti Society, no date.

Tall octavo. Two works in original slipcase, quarter bound in black cloth and cream boards, top edges gilt, others rough trimmed. #370 of 625 copies. Published perhaps mid-20th century. One volume has a skinned spot to lower corner of front cover, otherwise the books are VG or better, clean and unworn, no owner names. The black cloth covered slipcase has some damp spotting. The title page of the Knight volume continues “and its connection with the mystic theology of the Ancients. To which is added an account of the remains of the worship of Priapus lately existing at Isernia in the Kingdom of Naples. By Sir William Hamilton”. It has a frontispiece and 21 plates included in the pagination. pp 217. The Wright volume has 16 plates (one double page). 196 pp. Strictly “under the counter goods” at time of this publication; explicit historical images. 2 kg parcel.

Book ID: 51418

12. LEEDS, Charlie. TILLIE’S PUNCTURED ROMANCE & the Love Song of Rotten John Calabrese plus selected short subjects

Item Price: USD 75 / CAD 95

Item Description: Vancouver: Prism International / November House, 1970.

First edition. Octavo. Grey boards, mauve endpapers. pp 138, (6). Fine copy. Psychedelic price-clipped dust jacket has a bit of rubbing, short creased tears, VG otherwise. Six page Introduction by Jim Christy.

“Written, produced, scored and directed by Charlie Leeds from the hallucination of the same name”. Named after Charlie Chaplin’s first feature movie, TILLIE’S PUNCTURED ROMANCE is a series of freewheeling poetic improvisations on themes central to Charlie Leeds’ life: drugs, religion, love, jazz, movies, show business. At time of publication, Leeds was serving a 9-13 year piece at Trenton State Prison, New Jersey, for drugs. Leeds, out of Atlantic City, was at one time a professional jazz bassist active in the 1940s and 50s. He played with Charlie Spivak, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Al Cohn, Kai Winding, Charlie Parker, and others and recorded with Buddy Rich and Tad Dameron, gaining a reputation of one of the best bassists around, but left the professional stage in the early 50s. His jones got him into some 40 treatment centres, mental hospitals and jails. Poetic prose as jazz improvization. The second book from the press of Cherie Smith (November House), said to be BC’s first female commercial publisher. Now scarce on the market.

Book ID: 49045

13. STAHLENDORF, Evelyn Robson. DOLLS OF CANADA: a reference guide

Item Price: USD 85 / CAD 93

Item Description: Ottawa: Booklore Publishers, 1986. First printing. Quarto. Blue cloth. pp viii, 419. Colour and b&w photos. Index. Fine in fine jacket, and inscribed by the author. Scarce book. 1.9 kg parcel.

Book ID: 53898


Item Price: USD 75 / CAD 95

Item Description: West Hill, ON: Museum Restorations Service, 1962. First edition. Quarto. Maroon cloth. xvi, 308 pp. Bibliography, index. Numerous photos in text. Fine copy. Dust jacket has a small chip to upper inner corner of front panel, VG otherwise. An uncommon and important book on the subject, covering 750 gun makers. Note: 2 kg parcel, extra postage may be required

15. Varkaris, Jane ; James E. Connell. EARLY CANADIAN TIMEKEEPERS

Item Price: USD 95 / CAD 118

Item Description: Erin, ON / Toronto: Boston Mills Press / Stoddart, 1993. First printing,. Quarto. Blue boards. pp 272. Well illustrated, tables, index. Fine in fine jacket.

“This remarkable work is essential reading for anyone interested in early Canadian timepieces and their makers. Two of Canada’s foremost horological experts take an authoritative look at pre-1900 clocks and watches, and the artisans who made them, either commercially or as one-of-a-kind timepieces. Lavishly illustrated with black and white photography, this book surveys the making and selling of clocks and watches in Canada by over 125 persons, from the days of New France to the beginning of the 20th century. The stories of the men and women behind these exceptional creations are documented here for the first time. Based on over twenty years of research, this is the most definitive, up-to-date book available on early Canadian timekeepers.” – dust jacket. 2 kg parcel

Book ID: 50494

16. BROWN’S TORONTO GENERAL DIRECTORY. 1856, Comprising amongst other information, official governmental directory, alphabetical governmental directory, street directory, commercial directory, trades directory, city directory, and banking and insurance directory, with statistical, detail, and general information.

Item Price: USD 495 / CAD 613

Item Description: At head of title page “Subscriber’s Copy”. (Price was three dollars – quite a bit at the time)

Octavo, original red morocco grain cloth, spine gilt lettered, arms of Toronto in gilt on front cover, gilt advertisement for the St. Nicholas Saloon (58 King St. East), on rear cover. Yellow pastedowns with ads. Issued without free endpapers. pp (2, title leaf), [1, blank], (1, ad), (i)-lii (General Index, Preface, Introduction), (1)-331, [1, blank], i-lxxi (ads, many pictorial. many printed in reddish-orange), (1, title page for MACLEAR & CO.’S CANADIAN ALMANAC AND REPOSITORY OF USEFUL KNOWLEDGE, FOR THE YEAR 1856, being leap year…), 2-86 (text in double columns), 87- (104), ads, many pictorial + 8 leaves of ads printed both sides in reddish-orange in main text body, extra to the pagination.

Ex library, rebacked, with most of original spine cloth laid down (1 cm lacking at head, and some cloth wrinkling there, but all gilt lettering still present), spine a little darkened with light sticker shadow; covers have small black soil spots and light evidence of removed tape from inner margins; inner hinges reinforced with white cloth tape and blank leaf supplied front and rear; front pastedown has a small contemporary ink name and the nice bookplate of Joseph J. Murphy; title page has a small library rubber stamp and a small corner chip (no printing affected); page edges darkened; thin text paper lightly toned; otherwise a VG, clean, tight and unworn copy. Rare in the market.

Book ID: 41987

17. WOOD, William R. PAST YEARS IN PICKERING. Sketches of the History of the Community.

Item Price: USD 60 / CAD 75

Item Description: Toronto: William Briggs, 1911. Octavo. 316 pp + frontispiece portrait with tissue guard and 21 other plates, Modern rebinding of blue buckram. Corner torn from tissue guard; thin spot from erasure at title page imprint with “Toronto” and “Briggs” supplied by hand. VG otherwise, text quite clean and unworn. An uncommon Ontario local history.

Book ID: 45583

18. A BIT OF ATLANTIS. Illustrated by H. Julien and R.G. Mathews.

Item Price:

Item Description: Montreal: A.T. Chapman, 1900. First edition

Octavo, red cloth gilt lettered. pp (iv), 197, (3) + 9 plates; chart and map in text. Endpapers are lightly yellowed, with a few small foxing spots; else a fine and bright copy, no owner names, no rubbing or sunning, very nice. Watters p. 253. Bleiler (1978) p. 69. Reginald 04926 (neither Bleiler nor Reginald noting pseudonymous authorship). Not in Ketterer, nor in Colombo, Canadian SF & F.

Dedicated “To My Honored Friend Sir J. William Dawson”, who had been his professor in his student days. The author acknowledges his debt to Ignatius Donnelly in his long introductory discourse on the subject of Atlantis (pp 11-49). Matthews’ illustrations are rather good classic fantasy illustration of the period. There is only one plate (at p. 152) by Henri Julien, the Montreal artist who was the best Canadian political cartoonist of his day. John Stuart Buchan (not to be confused with John Buchan, Lord Tweedsmuir) was a McGill graduate and a Montreal lawyer. This seems to be his only book. A scarce Canadian fantasy / lost race novel (there were few pre-20th century Canadian SF&F novels). “A descendant of the ancient Atlanteans, in the company of a group of people, locates an island which was once a part of Atlantis and finds some relics there, including an account of its last days. The island, perhaps inevitably, sinks beneath the waves at the end of the story.” – Locke, Spectrum of Fantasy.

Book ID: 19727

19. McLACHLAN, (Robert Wallace),  A DESCRIPTIVE CATALOGUE OF COINS, TOKENS, AND MEDALS issued in or relatng to the Dominion of Canada and Newfoundland. With notes, giving incidents in the history of many of these coins and medals


Item Price: USD 50 / CAD 62

Item Description: Montreal: Osiris Publicatons, 1975. Quarto, red cloth, spine lettered in black. pp (4), (130). A few illustratons. Some soiling to covers; red ink marks to endpapers; else a VG tight and unworn copy, text clean. A facsimile reprint of the rare Montreal, privately printed, edition of 1886, which was limited to 100 copies. This reprint was also limited to 100 copies, of which this is number 56.

Book ID: 41190

20. LOBO, Jerome, Father (Jerónimo Lobo (1595-1687) (Samuel Johnson). A VOYAGE TO ABYSSINIA…Containing the history, natural, civil, and ecclesiastical, of that remote and unrequited country, continued down to the beginning of the eighteenth century. With fifteen dissertations on various subjects, relating to the antiquities, government, religion, manners, and natural history of Abyssinia. By M. [Joachim] Le Grand. Translated from the French by Samuel Johnson, LL.D. To which are added, various other tracts by the same author not published by Sir John Hawkins or Mr Stockdale

Item Price: USD 450 / CAD 550

Item Description: London / Edinburgh: Elliot and Ray / C. Elliot, 1789. Second and best edition, enlarged and corrected, of the first edition in English.

Octavo. pp [2, original blank], (4), 500, (2, ads), [2, original blank]. Bound in modern polished brown calf, spine with raised bands, gilt lettering, new cream endpapers. Ink owner names on verso of title; yellowing and moderate soiling throughout; light damp stain to lower inner corners and narrow light damp stain to fore margins of pp 409 to end; partial flaking to a few letters on spine; in all, VG+ externally, generally VG internally, tight in the binding, neither hinges nor joints cracked, both blanks and ads present.

First published in 1735, this was Dr. Johnson’s first work. Jerónimo Lobo, a Portuguese Jesuit, traveled to Lake Tana and the Blue Nile, reaching the province of Damot. He was the second European to describe the sources of the Blue Nile and was the leading European expert on Abyssinia / Ethiopia of his day. Like the other Jesuits, he was expelled from the country in 1648. This second edition includes a new preface by the editor, George Gleig, in which he attacks the numerous printer’s errors in the 1735 edition. It also includes material not in that edition. The fourth Dissertation is about the mythical Christian ruler Prester John. There are seven “other tracts” by Johnson in the book. Courtney & Smith pp 2-4. (Old former owners’ names are James Geddes, Thornhill, 1828, George Sutton, and Thomas Haggart. I believe these men were residents of Ontario.)

Book ID: 46094

21. BAKER, Samuel White. THE ALBERT NYANZA, GREAT BASIN OF THE NILE and explorations of the Nile sources

Item Price: USD 250 / CAD 310

Item Description: London / Philadelphia: Macmillan / Lippincott, 1866. First US edition

Octav. Original brown pictorial pebble grain cloth stamped in gilt, bordered in blind, brown endpapers. pp [2], (v)-xxvi, 516 + photogravure frontispiece portrait with tissue guard + title leaf on slightly thicker paper + 1 colour plate + 13 b&w plates (12 called for) + 1 colour map + 1 folding colour map. 20 vignette text illustrations. Erratum slip tipped in at rear. Complete, including the plate at p 464 “Skirmish with the natives” not called for in the list of illustrations. Spine lightly sunned with modest wear at ends, soft vertical crease; front inner hinge cracked but firm; rubber stamped Galt, Ontario, owner name in corner of title leaf; 5 inch tear to folding map repaired on the blank side, the map with small creases and a slight misfold; book slightly leaned; in all a VG clean, tight and unworn copy, attractive. Made from UK sheets with small Lippincott spine imprint (“J.B.L. & Co.”). The 1866 UK first was in a two volume format.

“The discovery of the Albert Nyanza was the most remarkable feat accomplished in Baker’s adventurous career; the work of Speke and Grant was thus completed, and the source of the Nile freed from mystery. Baker’s name will ever be associated with the solution of the problem of the Nile source. The fact also that the whole expedition had been independently devised and the charges thereof defrayed by the traveller added not a little to the honor of his achievement. [His account] immediately became popular, and many editions have been issued” (DNB). 1.5 kg parcel

Book ID: 51420


Item Price: USD 175 / CAD 217

Item Description: Manchester, England: Author, no date [1923]

First printing. Octavo, original blue cloth lettered in black. pp 248, (8, ads). Cloth creases to spine ends; damp stains to front cover showing lightly; usual toning to the text covers; covers a little bowed; light foxing early and late; else VG, clean, tight and unworn.

INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR “To Charles Acland, Esq. with all good wishes from the author. Riso Levi. Jan 23rd, 1924”.

Riso Levi was the leading writer on English billiards in his day and one of the great enthusiasts of the game. At his home in Manchester and later in Wilmslow, Cheshire, he entertained and played with all the top professionals, as well as giving lessons. One page in the ads concerns his lessons – “Red-Ball Play Taught Thoroughly” , “How to Screw Back Taught in One Lesson”, Other ads for two of his books, Spink’s chalk, Wasco cue tips, Burwat steel vacuum cushion, Bonzoline and Crystalate balls, Orme & Sons tables, and selected cues, cloths & balls sold by Levi. Uncommon.

Book ID: 39054

23. ONDAATJE, Michael. BREEZE. for bp Nichol

Item Price: USD 150 / CAD 185

Item Description: No place (Madeira Park, BC): High Ground Press, 1981.
First edition. Broadside. 43 x 28 cm, printed letterpress in blue and black on buff stiff laid paper. Very soft creases, very minor soiling, near fine. Edition of 100 copies, of which 25 were signed & numbered, this is one of the 75 ordinary copies. This copy is inscribed to Leon and Connie Rooke “For Connie and Leon with love Michael”. A moving poem occasioned by the early death of his friend, Canadian poet bp Nichol. Leon Rooke and Michael Ondaatje are close friends. Leon told me recently that his two best friends are Ondaatje and John Metcalf.

Book ID 54383


Item Price: USD 95 / CAD 118

Item Description: Toronto: Author, 1980. Broadside, oblong format, 28 x 42 cm. Printed in black and tan, litho’d photogravure in background of a crouching Afghan holding his AK rifle. Poem in two stanzas, 13 lines. Printed dated beneath his name October 1980. Initialed in the bottom margin in ink “M.A. 1981”. Fine copy. A poem about the Afghan-Russian War, hand sold by the poet for a dollar each along Toronto’s Spadina Avenue, near the Silver Dollar hotel, where he had a room. Acorn used to mutter that the Americans would inherit the Afghan-Russian oil war and be sent straight to hell for their efforts. Very scarce.

Book ID: 50165

25. Dainville, D. (pseud. of Gustav Bossage). Beautés de l’histoire du Canada, ou époques remarquables, traits intéressans, moeurs, usages, coutumes des habitans du Canada, tant indigènes que colons, depuis sa découverte jusqu’à ce jour, ou, Époques remarquables, traits intéressans, moeurs, usages, coutumes des habitans du Canada, tant indigènes que colons, depuis sa découverte jusqu’à ce jour.

Item Price: USD 125 / CAD 155

Item Description: Paris: Bossange frères, 1821. First edition

17 cm, octavo. pp (4), iv, 511 + 8 plates (complete). Small bookseller’s ticket at front (Libreria Nardecchia, Roma). Bound in contemporary calf, spine with label and gilt decorations, marbled endpapers and page edges. Spine worn, with sizable chips and splits, now repaired and stable; covers rubbed; text has occasional small dark spots, yellowing, but still clean and unworn, text block tight. In all, just fair externally, internally VG.

The copper plates depict weasels, a beaver, wild cat, bear, beavers building a dam, a view of Québec City from the river, an Indian war dance, a kayak, Indians torturing and burning missionaries, and a calèche. Sabin 18283. TPL 1218.

Book ID: 44589


Item Price: USD 150 / CAD 185

Item Description: Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1955. First printing

Grey cloth. pp (xx), 312, maps in text. Fine copy. The thin dust jacket has small chips, tears, and slight rubbing, to spine ends; illustrated portion of spine a bit sunned; short tear to lower inner corner of rear panel; a little rubbing to front flap fold; VG otherwise and in fact substantially better than usually seen.

Mowat’s second book, an account of his service during WWII with the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment (The “Hasty P’s”), an infantry regiment based in Picton, Ontario, that saw hard fighting in Sicily, Italy, and Northwestern Europe. The book is uncommon in first edition.

Book ID: 48453

27. WOOD, W. (William Wood, 1774-1857). ZOOGRAPHY; or, the beauties of nature displayed. with select descriptions of the animal, and vegetable, with additions from the mineral kingdom. Systematically arranged. Illustrated with plates, designed and engraved by Mr. William Daniell (3 vol. set)

Item Price: USD 595 / CAD 735

Item Description: London: Cadell and Davies, 1807. First edition

Three volumes, small quarto, 27 x 17.5 cm, bound in contemporary full crimson morocco gilt extra, sides with wide decorative borders, flat spines with raised bands, lettered & decorated in gilt; gilt inner dentelles, all edges gilt, dark grey endpapers, bound-in ribbon markers. Vol. I: pp [2], (iii)-(xx). 572, [2] + 24 aquatint plates and 2 vignette illustrations in text. Vol. II: pp [2], (iii)-viii, 618, [4] + 20 plates; Vol. III: pp [4], (iii)-(viii), 612, [2] + 15 plates. Errata below end of text. Nice modern woodcut bookplate at front of each volume. Spines a little darkened, gilt lightly mellowed; front free endpaper of Vol. I has very small chips to fore edge, and inner hinge is neatly repaired with matching paper. Vol. II has a long tear to plate at p. 133 (electric eel) neatly repaired on the blank side; likewise repair to a short tear to bottom margin of plate at p 164 (rostrated chaelodon) only slight entering the background of the image; scattered foxing and small brown soil spots, especially to margins of plates though the images are mostly unaffected; Vol. I just a little leaned; in all, a VG set, sound in the attractive bindings, no damp stains. Volume I treats the quadrupeds and birds, Volume II reptiles, fish, insects, and shellfish. Volume III covers plants and minerals.

The b&w aquatints, by William Daniell (1769-1837), an important British landscape and marine painter and engraver, are especially interesting for their full frontal realism, if distorted scale, against dramatic backgrounds. His book on India, ORIENTAL SCENERY, is highly prized. William Wood, F.R.S., F.L..S., who trained as a surgeon, turned to natural history and then to bookselling, becoming the leading London natural history bookseller of his day. “An esteemed work” (Lowndes). Note: 5.5 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.

Book ID: 40658

28. GUSTAFSON, Ralph. MANIPULATIONS ON GREEK THEMES: poems. Wood engravings by Oswald Turner (Roger Ascham Press)

Item Price: USD 350 / CAD 435

Item Description: Toronto: Roger Ascham Press, 1986

Narrow quarto. Orange quarter morocco and orange and white batik illustrated cloth, brown endpapers and fly leaves, colour decorations. pp (12), (97). #43 of 120 numbered copies. A fine copy, lacking the slipcase.

“This book is printed by letter-press on damp hand made paper from Ferdinando Amatruda’s Mill in Amalfi Italy. Wood engravings are hand cut on box wood and printed from the original blocks. The type face is Bruce Rogers’ Centaur, handset for optical even spacing; The text is 12 on 15 points. The poem titles in 14 pt Arrighi Italic. Endpapers are Swedish Ingres, The binding is Oasis Goatskin with linen batik by Muriel McDonagh using traditional Greek motifs. Design, hand-printing and binding by George McDonagh.”

Book ID: 49813

29. MONTAGU. Mary Wortley (1689-1762). THE WORKS of the Right Honourable Lady Mary Wortley Montague, including her correspondence, poems, and essays. Published by permission from her genuine papers

Item Price: USD 495 / CAD 613

Item Description: London: Printed for Longman Hurst Rees Orme and Brown; John Murray; and Baldwin Cradock, and Joy, 1817

The sixth edition, five volumes, 12mo, with engraved frontispiece portrait with tissue guard and 9 engraved plates (7 folding) of facsimile letters and one document. Edited by J. Dallaway from manuscripts in the possession of her grandson, the Marquess of Bute. First published in 1803.

Lady Montagu was one of the most important female English writers between Aphra Behn and Jane Austen and one of the most provocative and entertaining writers of either sex in her day. She is especially remembered for her letters, particularly those from Turkey, where her husband was the British Ambassador. Her sharp but ever witty tongue provoked Pope and Walpole to write nasty attacks. She also helped introduce the Oriental practice of vaccination for smallpox to England.

Bound in 20th century brown half morocco and marbled boards, spines with raised bands and elaborate gilt ornamentation, small oval volume numbers in black leather, marbled endpapers, page edges coloured yellow; a faithful and very handsome reproduction of a Regency binding. Bookseller’s ticket (Franklin Book Shop, New York) at rear of volume I but no binder’s name. Minor rubbing to edges of boards; quite minor rubbing to spine tips and outer corners touched up; a fine, lovely set, no owner names, neither hinges nor joints cracked, text exceptionally clean. In gift condition – it would make a dandy gift for a woman of a feminist and intellectual sensibility. Note: 3 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required.

Book ID: 40559


Item Price: USD 395 / CAD 490

Item Description: (Toronto): Little, Brown, 1951. First Canadian issue

The Book of the Month Club issue for Canada, printed by T.H. Best in Toronto from US plates. Black cloth. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine. Thin jacket has only light sunning to the red portions of spine and light yellowing to white portions; head of spine has nicks, small corner chips, rubbing and a 1.5 inch tear to rear fold; nick to foot of spine; minor wear to outer corners, nick to front panel; else VG, attractive, and a bit better than usually found. With the Lotte Jacobi photo of Salinger on the rear panel of the jacket that was dropped after the first trade and first book club editions at his insistence. An affordable alternative to the first trade printing, nice copies of which now trade for megabucks.

Book ID 54384

New Item #1:  FARINI, G.A. (William Leonard Hunt, 1838 -1929). THROUGH THE KALAHARI DESERT: a narrative of a journey with gun, camera, and note-book to Lake N’Gami and back

Item Price: USD 225 / CAD 275

Item Description: (Toronto): Little, Brown, 1951. First Canadian issue

The Book of the Month Club issue for Canada, printed by T.H. Best in Toronto from US plates. Black cloth. Light yellowing to page edges, else fine. Thin jacket has only light sunning to the red portions of spine and light yellowing to white portions; head of spine has nicks, small corner chips, rubbing and a 1.5 inch tear to rear fold; nick to foot of spine; minor wear to outer corners, nick to front panel; else VG, attractive, and a bit better than usually found. With the Lotte Jacobi photo of Salinger on the rear panel of the jacket that was dropped after the first trade and first book club editions at his insistence. An affordable alternative to the first trade printing, nice copies of which now trade for megabucks.

Book ID 54384

New Item #2:  BARRINGER, Leslie. GERFALCON

Item Price:  USD 175 / CAD 218

Item Description: Dark blue cloth stamped in red. [8], 310, [2] pp, including frontispiece map. Spine lightly sunned; faint damp spotting to covers; text paper lightly toned; rubber stamped name and address on front pastedown (partially hidden by jacket flap), rubber stamped name on front free endpaper; very light endpaper foxing; VG clean, tight and unworn copy otherwise. The cream dust jacket has separations to flap and spine folds neatly repaired internally with clear archival paper tape; narrow chips to the folds; spine has shallow chips (no lettering lost) to tips, a bit of rubbing, a diagonal tear internally repaired, and some tanning and fading; panels have light foxing and a few edge tears; in all, just good, but still presentable in appearance, the colour pictorial front panel showing well, flap price intact, and all lettering and illustration present.

The first volume in The Neustrian Cycle. See Barron, Fantasy Literature 3-19. Reginald 910. Clute & Grant, Encyclopedia of Fantasy p. 87. The three novels in the cycle “depict events in a land of fable, an imaginary French province in an alternate world.” – Clute. The tales take place around the year 1400. Scarce in any sort of jacket. Reprinted in the Forgotten Fantasy series in the 1970s.