Trillium Antiquarian Books

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1.  Scarce Sinn Fein Document

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Item Description: J. St. George Joyce. Manual of Sinn Fein in the Form of Question and Answer. Philadelphia: Banba, 1919. First edition (32 pp.). Duodecimo (15 cm) in original card, titles, etc., on front cover. Published at the end of WWI when negotiations for an international settlement had just begun, this small catechism links the fortunes of the United States with those of an Irish republic and is an appeal for the support of the many transplanted Irish resident in the States. A few spots to the covers, small tear rear top corner with no loss, staples a bit rusted but no staining. Joyce was a Philadelphian who wrote on the Irish in Philadelphia. Found in a box of summertime reading in a cottage on Stoney Lake, Ontario, where it had rested for nearly a hundred years. Four libraries worldwide hold a copy (NYPL, Villanova, Notre Dame, Stanford). Clean, sound, and bright.

2. Ocean Liner Ephemera

Item Price: $200

Item Description: Ocean Liner Ephemera (1929- 1939): Transatlantic Travel. S. S. President Roosevelt, Capt. Theodore Van Beek, United States Lines: Passenger List, List of Cabin Passengers, Passenger Accommodation Plan, Concert Program, photo postcard. Sailing 14th May 1930 from Hamburg to New York, among the passengers Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt. S. S. Pennland, Cdr. J. H. Doughty, Red Star Lines: Passenger List, officers’ uniform insignia, luggage ticket, photo postcard. Sailing 19th May 1929 from New York to Plymouth, Cherbourg, and Antwerp. S. S. Montcairn, Cdr. J. F. Dott, Canadian Pacific: List of Passengers, folding map of sailings, other Canadian Pacific routes from Vancouver- Victoria to Australia and the orient. Sailing 21st July, 1928 from Hamburg, Southampton, Cherbourg, and Cobh to Quebec.[City]. Colourful covers, stiff wraps. Messageries Maritimes, Liste des Passagers. R. M. S. Aquitania, Capt. G. Gibbons, Cunard White Star Lines: List of Cabin Passengers and Programme of Events (Sunday, February 26, 1939).. Sailing 25th February 1939 from Southampton, calling at Cherbourg, bound for New York City. Royal blue in stiff wraps, gilt decoration and lettering in art deco, colour picture of Aquitania tipped in. Officers, cabin passengers (including Maestro Bruno Walter); refund of U.S. head tax, general information for passengers (baggage in bond, hairdressing saloons, etc.) in English, French, and German; advertising notice of cruises and American holidays, scheduled sailings through June 1939, notice for world cruise aboard S. S. Franconia (ports of call, etc.); Programme of Events (8.30- 9.30 Swedish Drill, on deck, weather permitting). Tips and edges lightly creased; otherwise a fine, clean copy. One of the last transatlantic cruises before the war and no doubt carrying more than one passenger escaping the Nazis. Additional postcards (R. M. S. Celtic); Messageries Maritimes, Liste des Passagers; Itineraries for tour of Scotland and Italy. A bright, clean archive.

3. 2500 Miles along the Coast of Norway

Item Price: $50

Item Description: Erling Welle-Strand. 2500 Miles on the Norwegian Coastal Steamer. Bergen: Bergen Line, etc., 1965. Fifth impression (pp. 63), translated by Christopher Norman. Colourful stiff wraps (20 cm), map in rear pocket. A ‘competent and unobtrusive guide’ for a ‘cruise on board the express steamer along the coast of Norway’ from Bergen north to Kirkenes beyond the Arctic Circle– well illustrated with photos and art work. Traveller’s ms. on end paper. A very good copy. Scarce.

4. 35 Miles around London

Item Price: $75

Item Description: 35 Miles Round London. Map. London: Geographical Map Co., c. 1950. Large, detailed colour folding map, mounted in sections on linen; bound in folio (30 cm), green textured cloth over boards, gilt titles to cover. Opens to 87 cm (h) x 115 cm (w). A large multi-coloured map of the London region, a few discrete amendments by hand. A very good copy.

5. Travel in Ceylon

Item Price: $150

Item Description: Ceylon: A Traveller’s Paradise. Scarce. Colombo: Times of Colombo, 1907. First edition (pp. 76). A small booklet (12 cm x 15 cm), decorative soft wraps with a mounted photograph, bound in decorative thread; many photo illustrations in text; fine folding map bound in at rear; advertisements for travel services and goods. Tips lightly worn; Scarce. Near Fine.

6. An Ancient Mariner

Item Price: $150

Item Description: Samuel Taylor Coleridge and C. M. Padday, Illus.. The Ancient Mariner. London: Marcus Ward, c. 1900. First edition thus (pp. 21). Quarto (23 cm) in gray blue publisher’s cloth, gilt titles and other decoration to cover, a.e.g., decorative epps. Fancy edition, also available in plain cloth. With many full-page and in-text illustrations by C. M. Padday, noted for a muted palette, unusual for a Marcus Ward production, his seascapes and related nautical subjects. Ward was a major publisher of chromolithographs, both as book illustrations for their books and as decorative stationery, especially Christmas cards (curly- haired, pink cheeked children with a Christmas toy). This edition of the Mariner may well have been issued as a special Christmas gift book- there’s quite a lot of gilt. Splits to cover edges repaired, a few spots, minor soiling, front hinge starting; text is clean and bright. Scarce.

7. Building Wooden Boats

Item Price: $150

Item Description: The Wooden Boat. The Magazine for Wooden Boat Owners, Builders and Designers. Brooklin, Maine (1980- 2009). Fifty- four back issues: complete for 1981, 2004; partial for other years (1980, 1982, 1988, 1990- 91, 1994, 1997- 98, 2000- 03, 2005- 09). The back issues of The Wooden Boat generally have been well kept, with but one or two issues lightly worn.

8. A Family Copy Sport in The Navy

Item Price: $250

Item Description: Sir William Robert Kennedy. Sport in the Navy and Naval Yarns. Westminster: Archibald Constable, 1902. First edition (pp. 317, adverts) INSCRIBED by Kennedy to his brother ‘G. G. Kennedy/ with love from/ his brother Bill/ Oct 1902’. Small octavo (19 cm) in blue publisher’s cloth, gilt titles and decorations (compass rose, ropes), bevelled edges; twenty-one ‘ripping’ yarns and reminiscences of life in the Royal Navy told by Admiral Sir William Robert Kennedy, K. C. B., (1838- 1916), arising out of the experiences of his long career as a naval officer (1851- 1901) which culminated in appointments as Commander-in-Chief of the East Indies Station and finally as C-in -C of the Nore (the North Sea fleet). The sketches include, for example, ‘Reindeer Stalking in Norway’, ‘Trout Fishing in Swedish Lakes and Rivers’, ‘Duck Shooting Near Karachi’, and ‘A Trip to Bagdad’. As these titles suggest, Kennedy’s service following the Crimean War, during which he served as a junior officer, was with a largely peacetime navy, one which might be called upon from time to time to quiet disturbances in various corners of the Empire but otherwise left ample time for reindeer hunting. Kennedy was a busy writer, too. Predating this book were his Sporting Adventures in the Pacific (1876); Sport, Travel, and Adventure in Newfoundland and the West Indies (1885); Sporting Sketches in South America (1892); and Hurrah for the Life of a Sailor (1900). In many respects, then, a sporting navy. This is a Kennedy family copy which, as the inscription on the front flyleaf implies, was originally the property of Gilbert George Kennedy (1844- 1909), one of Kennedy’s two younger brothers, a barrister and magistrate, who in his earlier years was something of a gentleman sport (He played for the first Scottish XI against England in the 1860’s). The book was evidently passed on to his youngest son, John de Navarre Kennedy, O. B. E., QC, who was a Toronto lawyer and later a distinguished county judge in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, where this copy was discovered. Hinges with minor repairs, rubbed here and there around the edges; gilt bright and clean. A Very Good, sound, family copy of a surprisingly scarce Victorian classic. OFFERED TOGETHER WITH an original watercolour by Sir William Kennedy, “Total Loss of the Cutter- Yacht Melita on the Coast of Albania”, illustration for Kennedy’s Hurrah for the Life of a Sailor, signed by Kennedy with his initials. Measures 32 cm x 23 cm.

9. Official History Canada’s Navy in World War Two

Item Price: $80

Item Description: Joseph Schull. The Far Distant Ships. An Official Account of Canadian Naval Operations in the Second World War. Ottawa: King’s Printer, 1952. Maps, diagrams, illustrations, photographs; accounts from various war zones. Unstated volume one of two. Fine.
TOGETHER WITH
Gilbert Norman Tucker. The Naval Service of Canada, Its Official History, Volume II: Activities on Shore during the Second World War. Ottawa: King’s Printer, 1952. Many photographs and maps. Very Good/ Near Fine.

The two titles $80

10. Royal Canadian Navy Memoirs

Item Price: $40

Item Description: Salty Dips, Volumes 1- 3. Ottawa: Naval Officers’ Association, 1985. Memoirs of those who served during World War Two as officers in the Royal Canadian Navy; issued to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the service. As New.

Strange, William. Ships Mean Victory. Annual Publication of the Navy League of Canada, 1942. Descriptions of various types of Royal Canadian Navy vessels. Very Good.

Order of Divine Service for the Royal Canadian Navy; Pocket Manual for the Sea Cadet Corps; The Morse Code, Learning and Practice; Signals Basic Training Manual.

11. Souvenir Photographs

Item Price: $60

Item Description: Sir Benjamin Stone (Photographer). Souvenir of the Reception of Admiral Caillard and the Officers of the French Fleet by the Houses of Parliament. Westminster Hall, 12th August 1905. London: Blades et al.,n.d. Quarto, fancy gilt decorations and lettering, in white faux vellum, a.e.g. A suite of ten fine photographic studies (15cm x 20cm) of the Houses of Parliament by an important English photographer and recorder of social and political life. Stone ‘had a deep concern for British heritage, and among his photographs were recorded many British customs and festivals, parliament and parliamentarians, Westminster Abbey, and royal palaces. His photographs of the coronations of Edward VII and George V caused him to become known as the royal photographer’ (Chinn, ODNB). With brief titles, descriptions in French. Covers rubbed and worn at the corners, top and bottom of spine; tissue guards browned, lightly but not offensively offset onto text pages. Plates are clear and sharp. Quite a handsome production, housing work by an important photographer. 

12. The Queen’s Photographs

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Queen Alexandra’s Christmas Gift Book, Photographs from my Camera. London: Daily Telegraph, 1908. ‘To be Sold for Charity.’ Large quarto (30 cm) in pictorial paper over boards; arranged as a photo album in which copies of Alexandra’s photographs (She was an enthusiastic photographer) are commingled with printed photographs of various royals and nobles, including the Romanov children, Prince Edward (POW) in naval accoutrements, the King in a kilt, and various others of more or less distinction. Forty-five photographs pasted in plus many more copies printed on coated paper. Images vary in size— 10 cm x 11 cm, 10 cm x 7 cm. A gift inscription from Sir John Jones Jenkins to his second daughter (‘Olga From Father November 12th 1908’). Near Fine.

13. The Way It Used to Be- France 1933

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Item Description: Popular Pre-War French Magazines (1933- 1934). Ten issues of Beaute (Nos. 33- 37) and Paris (Nos. 27- 31) magazines with photo-articles featuring, for example, “Les Amoureuses du Charlie Chaplin”, “L’ envers du Service Secret”, “Svelte Immediatement”, “Danses Estetiques”, and “Mae West, une grande seductrice”. A special scandale issue, “Scandale- Revue des Affaires Criminelles”. Beauty, fashion, hair-styles, movie stars (women) with overlays of Art photographs (women) and literature of a sort; cures for various minor inconveniences. Each issue about fifty pages, hundreds of advertisements and photos reflective of middle class sensibilities in pre-War France. Large octavo (27 cm) in half morocco over marbled paper (wear top and bottom of spine, bottom edge front cover; front hinge a bit loose but holding). Text clean and bright (margins trimmed). Generally a Very Good copy.

14. Plutarch’s Lives Nonesuch Press

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Item Description: Plutarch. The Lives of the Noble Grecians & Romanes Compared together by that Grave Learned Philosopher and Historiographer Plutarke of Chaeronea [Plutarch’s Lives]. From the first edition (1579), “translated out of Greeke into French by James Amyot: and out of French into Englishe by Thomas North: the illustrations by T. L. Poulton: with the fifteen supplementary lives of 1603.” London: Nonesuch Press, 1930. First edition thus, limited to 1050 copies of which this is copy No. 755, in five volumes (Vol. 1: xxix, 431; Vol. 2: 442; Vol. 3: 454; Vol. 4: 482; Vol. 5: 410, table of contents, note on text). Large octavo (31 cm) in tan buckram, printed labels to spine (additional label at rear), t.e.g., deckle edges, printed on Arches paper. “This edition of North’s translation Amyot’s French version of Plutarch’s Lives is printed from the first edition (1579) with the addition of 15 lives from the third edition (1603). It is limited to 1050 copies for sale in England and 500 copies for sale in the United States of America by Random house. The text has been printed by Bishop and Garrett and William Brendon and sons in Monotype Fournier; the illustrations, by T.L. Poulton, have been printed by the Curwen press: the whole on Arches paper.” Near Fine.

15. First Canadian Beautiful Losers

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Item Description: Leonard Cohen. Beautiful Losers. New York: Viking, 1966. First Canadian edition (pp. 243). Octavo (21 cm) in pictorial dust wrapper, black cloth, silver gilt titles. With the Canadian imprint of McClelland & Stewart. DW VG-/ Book F.

16. Blackwell Engraving- Solomon Seal

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Elizabeth Blackwell,. “Solomon Seal”, engraving on copper, from A Curious Herbal, Trew edition, c. 1770. This hand-coloured copperplate engraving, Polygonatum et Sigillium Salomonis, or Solomon Seal, is plate 251 from the Trew edition. The sheet measures 24 cm (w) by 36 cm (h), the impression is 20 cm by 30 cm; printed on fine quality watermarked paper. Elizabeth Blackwell (1707– 1758) was a Scottish botanical illustrator and author who was best known as the artist and engraver who produced the 500 hand-coloured, copperplate engravings for her book, A Curious Herbal containing five hundred cuts of the most useful plants, which are now used in the practice of physick, to which is added a short description of ye plants and their common uses in physick, published in two volumes between 1737 and 1739. The book, which she undertook with the help and encouragement of Isaac Rand, curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden, illustrated many of the newly discovered plants from the New World and was designed as a reference work on medicinal plants for the use of physicians and apothecaries. Her work was endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians and otherwise generally well received. Moreover, it proved commercially successful, and Blackwell was able to clear her husband’s debts and secure his release from debtors’ prison (whereupon he began acquiring debts anew). A second, revised edition of A Curious Herbal (from which these plates originate) was published twenty years later in an enlarged format at Nuremberg by Jacob Trew, a botanist and physician (British Museum).

17. Blackwell Engraving- Comfrey

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Elizabeth Blackwell,. ”Comfrey”, engraving on copper, from A Curious Herbal, Trew edition, c. 1770. This hand-coloured copperplate engraving, Cynoglossum, or comfrey, is plate 249 from the Trew edition. The sheet measures 24 cm (w) by 36 cm (h), the impression is 20 cm by 30 cm; printed on fine quality watermarked paper. Elizabeth Blackwell (1707– 1758) was a Scottish botanical illustrator and author who was best known as the artist and engraver who produced the 500 hand-coloured, copperplate engravings for her book, A Curious Herbal containing five hundred cuts of the most useful plants, which are now used in the practice of physick, to which is added a short description of ye plants and their common uses in physick, published in two volumes between 1737 and 1739. The book, which she undertook with the help and encouragement of Isaac Rand, curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden, illustrated many of the newly discovered plants from the New World and was designed as a reference work on medicinal plants for the use of physicians and apothecaries. Her work was endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians and otherwise generally well received. Moreover, it proved commercially successful, and Blackwell was able to clear her husband’s debts and secure his release from debtors’ prison (whereupon he began acquiring debts anew). A second, revised edition of A Curious Herbal was published twenty years later in an enlarged format at Nuremberg by Jacob Trew, a botanist and physician (British Museum).

18. Blackwell Engraving- Valerian

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Elizabeth Blackwell. ’Valerian’, engraving on copper, from A Curious Herbal, Trew edition, c. 1770. This hand-coloured copperplate engraving, Valeriana, or valerian, is plate 250 from the Trew edition.The sheet measures 24 cm (w) by 36 cm (h), the impression is 20 cm by 30 cm; printed on fine quality watermarked paper. Elizabeth Blackwell (1707– 1758) was a Scottish botanical illustrator and author who was best known as the artist and engraver who produced the 500 hand-coloured, copperplate engravings for her book, A Curious Herbal containing five hundred cuts of the most useful plants, which are now used in the practice of physick, to which is added a short description of ye plants and their common uses in physick, published in two volumes between 1737 and 1739. The book, which she undertook with the help and encouragement of Isaac Rand, curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden, illustrated many of the newly discovered plants from the New World and was designed as a reference work on medicinal plants for the use of physicians and apothecaries. Her work was endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians and otherwise generally well received. Moreover, it proved commercially successful, and Blackwell was able to clear her husband’s debts and secure his release from debtors’ prison (whereupon he began acquiring debts anew). A second, revised edition of A Curious Herbal was published twenty years later in an enlarged format at Nuremberg by Jacob Trew, a botanist and physician (British Museum).

19. Blackwell Engraving- Butcher’s Broom

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Elizabeth Blackwell,. ‘Butcher’s Broom’, engraving on copper, from A Curious Herbal, Trew edition, c. 1770. This hand-coloured copperplate engraving, Laurus Alexandrina, or butcher’s broom, is plate 194 from the Trew edition.The sheet measures 24 cm (w) by 36 cm (h), the impression is 20 cm by 30 cm; printed on fine quality watermarked paper. Elizabeth Blackwell (1707– 1758) was a Scottish botanical illustrator and author who was best known as the artist and engraver who produced the 500 hand-coloured, copperplate engravings for her book, A Curious Herbal containing five hundred cuts of the most useful plants, which are now used in the practice of physick, to which is added a short description of ye plants and their common uses in physick, published in two volumes between 1737 and 1739. The book, which she undertook with the help and encouragement of Isaac Rand, curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden, illustrated many of the newly discovered plants from the New World and was designed as a reference work on medicinal plants for the use of physicians and apothecaries. Her work was endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians and otherwise generally well received. Moreover, it proved commercially successful, and Blackwell was able to clear her husband’s debts and secure his release from debtors’ prison (whereupon he began acquiring debts anew). A second, revised edition of A Curious Herbal was published twenty years later in an enlarged format at Nuremberg by Jacob Trew, a botanist and physician (British Museum).

20. Blackwell Engraving- Mullein

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Elizabeth Blackwell,. ‘Mullein’, engraving on copper, from A Curious Herbal, Trew edition, c. 1770. This hand-coloured copperplate engraving, Verbascum album, or mullein, is plate 502 from the Trew edition.The sheet measures 24 cm (w) by 36 cm (h), the impression is 20 cm by 30 cm; printed on fine quality watermarked paper. Elizabeth Blackwell (1707– 1758) was a Scottish botanical illustrator and author who was best known as the artist and engraver who produced the 500 hand-coloured, copperplate engravings for her book, A Curious Herbal containing five hundred cuts of the most useful plants, which are now used in the practice of physick, to which is added a short description of ye plants and their common uses in physick, published in two volumes between 1737 and 1739. The book, which she undertook with the help and encouragement of Isaac Rand, curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden, illustrated many of the newly discovered plants from the New World and was designed as a reference work on medicinal plants for the use of physicians and apothecaries. Her work was endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians and otherwise generally well received. Moreover, it proved commercially successful, and Blackwell was able to clear her husband’s debts and secure his release from debtors’ prison (whereupon he began acquiring debts anew). A second, revised edition of A Curious Herbal was published twenty years later in an enlarged format at Nuremberg by Jacob Trew, a botanist and physician (British Museum).

21. Blackwell Engraving- Poplar

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Elizabeth Blackwell,. ‘Poplar’, engraving on copper, from A Curious Herbal, Trew edition, c. 1770. This hand-coloured copperplate engraving, Populus nigra, one of the poplars, is plate 248 from the Trew edition. The sheet measures 24 cm (w) by 36 cm (h), the impression is 20 cm by 30 cm; printed on fine quality watermarked paper. Elizabeth Blackwell (1707– 1758) was a Scottish botanical illustrator and author who was best known as the artist and engraver who produced the 500 hand-coloured, copperplate engravings for her book, A Curious Herbal containing five hundred cuts of the most useful plants, which are now used in the practice of physick, to which is added a short description of ye plants and their common uses in physick, published in two volumes between 1737 and 1739. The book, which she undertook with the help and encouragement of Isaac Rand, curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden, illustrated many of the newly discovered plants from the New World and was designed as a reference work on medicinal plants for the use of physicians and apothecaries. Her work was endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians and otherwise generally well received. Moreover, it proved commercially successful, and Blackwell was able to clear her husband’s debts and secure his release from debtors’ prison (whereupon he began acquiring debts anew). A second, revised edition of A Curious Herbal was published twenty years later in an enlarged format at Nuremberg by Jacob Trew, a botanist and physician (British Museum).

22. Blackwell Engraving- Black Horehound

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Elizabeth Blackwell,. “Black Horehound” , engraved on copper, from A Curious Herbal, Trew edition, c. 1770. The hand-coloured copperplate engraving, marrubium nigrum Ballote, is plate 136 from the Trew edition The sheet measures 24 cm (w) by 36 cm (h), the impression is 20 cm by 30 cm; printed on fine quality watermarked paper. Elizabeth Blackwell (1707– 1758) was a Scottish botanical illustrator and author who was best known as the artist and engraver who produced the 500 hand-coloured, copperplate engravings for her book, A Curious Herbal containing five hundred cuts of the most useful plants, which are now used in the practice of physick, to which is added a short description of ye plants and their common uses in physick, published in two volumes between 1737 and 1739. The book, which she undertook with the help and encouragement of Isaac Rand, curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden, illustrated many of the newly discovered plants from the New World and was designed as a reference work on medicinal plants for the use of physicians and apothecaries. Her work was endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians and otherwise generally well received. Moreover, it proved commercially successful, and Blackwell was able to clear her husband’s debts and secure his release from debtors’ prison (whereupon he began acquiring debts anew). A second, revised edition of A Curious Herbal was published twenty years later in an enlarged format at Nuremberg by Jacob Trew, a botanist and physician (British Museum).

23. Blackwell Engraving- Royal Fern

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Elizabeth Blackwell,. ‘Royal Fern’ , engraved on copper, from A Curious Herbal, Trew edition, c. 1770. The hand-coloured copperplate engraving, felix florida, is plate 324 from the Trew edition The sheet measures 24 cm (w) by 36 cm (h), the impression is 20 cm by 30 cm; printed on fine quality watermarked paper. Elizabeth Blackwell (1707– 1758) was a Scottish botanical illustrator and author who was best known as the artist and engraver who produced the 500 hand-coloured, copperplate engravings for her book, ;lpore now used in the practice of physick, to which is added a short description of ye plants and their common uses in physick, published in two volumes between 1737 and 1739. The book, which she undertook with the help and encouragement of Isaac Rand, curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden, illustrated many of the newly discovered plants from the New World and was designed as a reference work on medicinal plants for the use of physicians and apothecaries. Her work was endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians and otherwise generally well received. Moreover, it proved commercially successful, and Blackwell was able to clear her husband’s debts and secure his release from debtors’ prison (whereupon he began acquiring debts anew). A second, revised edition of A Curious Herbal was published twenty years later in an enlarged format at Nuremberg by Jacob Trew, a botanist and physician (British Museum).

24. Blackwell Engraving- Motherwort

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Elizabeth Blackwell,. ‘Motherwort’, engraved on copper, from A Curious Herbal, Trew edition, c. 1770. The hand-coloured copperplate engraving, Cardiaca, is plate 171 from the Trew edition The sheet measures 24 cm (w) by 36 cm (h), the impression is 20 cm by 30 cm; printed on fine quality watermarked paper. Elizabeth Blackwell (1707– 1758) was a Scottish botanical illustrator and author who was best known as the artist and engraver who produced the 500 hand-coloured, copperplate engravings for her book, A Curious Herbal containing five hundred cuts of the most useful plants, which are now used in the practice of physick, to which is added a short description of ye plants and their common uses in physick, published in two volumes between 1737 and 1739. The book, which she undertook with the help and encouragement of Isaac Rand, curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden, illustrated many of the newly discovered plants from the New World and was designed as a reference work on medicinal plants for the use of physicians and apothecaries. Her work was endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians and otherwise generally well received. Moreover, it proved commercially successful, and Blackwell was able to clear her husband’s debts and secure his release from debtors’ prison (whereupon he began acquiring debts anew). A second, revised edition of A Curious Herbal was published twenty years later in an enlarged format at Nuremberg by Jacob Trew, a botanist and physician (British Museum).

25. Rockwell Kent Bookplates (Signed)

Item Price: $150

Item Description: Don Roberts. Rockwell Kent: the Art of the Bookplate. San Francisco: Fair Oaks Press, 2003. Number 257 of an edition limited to 500 copies, with a bookplate designed and signed by Christopher Kent (Kent’s grandson); signed by Don Roberts and Will Ross (who wrote the foreword). With more than 100 b&w illustrations of bookplates and related designs. Frontis., xii, 187 pp., appendices, index. In red cloth, gilt lettering, pictorial dust jacket. A handsome tribute to a neglected artist and illustrator. As new.

26. Early Canadian Silversmiths’ Marks

Item Price: $100

Item Description: John E. Langdon. Guide to Marks on Early Canadian Silver 18th and 19th Centuries. Toronto: Ryerson, 1968. First edition (viii, 104). Narrow folio (17 cm.) in dark blue cloth, silver gilt titles, frontispiece. “With a special supplement of Hendry & Leslie ‘House’ Punches and the Marks of Dealers for whom they made Silver.” Early marks on Canadian silver, while derivative of their French and (later) English forebears, developed somewhat casually and were adapted to the makers’ preferences rather than answering to a guild’s regulations– some were merely decorative and others imitative of ‘mother country’ markings. An as new copy of the Canadian silver collector’s essential vade mecum. Quite scarce.

27. Arctic Travels

Item Price: $75

Item Description: James W. Tyrrell. Across the Sub-Arctics of Canada. Toronto: Briggs, 1908. Third edition (pp. viii, 9- 280, appendix, index). Tall octavo (23 cm) in green cloth with gilt titles and pictorial decoration, two fold-out maps, and more than 80 photographs and drawings. “A Journey of 3,200 miles by canoe and snowshoe through the Barren Lands including a list of plants collected on the expedition, a vocabulary of Eskimo words, [and] a route map with illustrations from the photographs taken on the journey, and from drawings by Arthur Heming.” An ex libris copy with the library markings, etc., removed; tips, edges abraded; small areas of cloth lifted. Quite a good copy.

28. The Falls of Niagara

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Joseph W. W. Spencer. The Falls of Niagara. Their evolution and varying relations to the Great Lakes; characteristics of the power, and the effects of its diversion. Ottawa: Mines, Geological Survey, 1905- 06. First edition (pp. xxxi, map, 490). Octavo (24 cm) in black publisher’s cloth, gilt titles; forty-three plates, figures; nineteen maps, one large folding map. Near Fine.

29. A Sub-Arctic Pipeline- Bulldozing through the Bush

Item Price: $150

Item Description: Richard Finnie. Canol. The sub-Arctic Pipeline and Refinery Project constructed by Bechtel- Price -Callaghan for the Corps of Engineers United States Army 1942- 1944. San Francisco: Ryder & Ingram, 1945. First edition (pp. 210). Large quarto (36 cm) in tan cloth, gilt titles, pictorial endpapers. A picture album with over 200 photos depicting work of the project, some in colour, map. Presentation copy to the author and engineer George M. Douglas signed by Paul Grafe (?), S. D. Bechtel, C. Price. Minor damage to lower spine, cloth a bit sun-faded; a Very Good copy.

30. D4 Parts Catalogue

Item Price: $40

Item Description: Parts Catalog. D4 Tractor, 44 Inch Grade. Serial Numbers 6U1- UP. Caterpillar Tractor Company. Revised April 1951 (pp. 164). Form 30266, for machine number 6U-3157. In stiff brown wraps (23 cm) Cover rubbed along the spine, a few spots; text and images Fine. A clean, tight copy.

New Item #1. Castles, Churches, Houses

Item Price: $500

Item Description: Sir Richard Colt Hoare. A Collection of Forty-Eight Views of Noblemen’s and Gentlemen’s Seats, Towns, Castles, Churches, Monasteries, and Romantic Places in North and South Wales… London: John and Josiah Boydell, [1806]. First edition. Long folio (cm) in full decorative leather, gilt titles, a.e.g.; forty-eight engraved plates (20.5 cm x 14 cm) with accompanying description. From the library of Sir John Jones Jenkins, Baron Glantawe, (1835- 1915) of the Grange, Swansea, Wales, and with his signature, etc., on title page. Jones was a successful tinware manufacturer, knighted and later made Baron Glantawe of Swansea. This copy acquired with some others from the estate of his daughter, Olga. A few spots to some margins, epp. creased. A handsome book of views and from a good home.

New Item #2. Culpeper’s Herbal 1794

Item Price: $800

Item Description: Nicholas Culpeper and Ebenezer Sibly. Culpeper’s English Physician; and Complete Herbal. To which Are Now First Added Upwards of One Hundred additional Herbs, with a Display of Their Medicinal and Occult Properties. London: E. Sibly, c.1794. Two volumes in one (xvi, 398 pp.; 256 pp., index); frontis (Culpeper) and 29 b&w botanical plates (misnumbered but in correct order); two b&w plates (‘celestial influxes’), eleven b&w plates of physiology, etc. (nos. 30- 40). Dating this edition partly based on date of dedication to Thomas Dunckerly, Provincial Grand Master of Free Masons, i.e., Year of Masonry 5798 (or 1794). Sibly’s editions of Culpeper’s herbal sought to retain the connection between medicine and the occult which traditional herbal remedies, based as they were on apparent and imagined properties of plants, seemed to provide. Quarto in contemporary leather and marbled paper covered boards (worn), gilt lettering and decoration to spine; expertly repaired spine, replaced endpapers; frontis margin chipped at top corner, mild damp stain to margins. The account of the properties of coffee (Culpeper’s dating from the mid-seventeenth century) suggests Sibly did not up-date the text of the herbal: ‘This is reported to be the berries of certain shrubs or bushes grown in Arabia…. It is said of itself to be insipid, having neither scent nor taste; but being pounded and baked, as they do prepare it to make the coffee-liquor with, it then stinks most loathsomely, which is an argument for some Saturnine quality in it: the propugners for this filthy drink affirm that it causes watchfulness…they also say it makes them sober when they are drunk….’ But, then, perhaps Sibly didn’t like coffee. A pleasing copy with a bright text on blue-tinted paper and largely clear plates (small hole in corner of plt. 2).

New Item #3.  Philby of Arabia

Item Price: $400

Item Description: H. St. J. B. Philby. Arabia of the Wahhabis. London: Constable, 1928. First edition (pp. xv, 422, index). Octavo (22 cm) in pictorial dust wrapper, gray-green publisher’s cloth, gilt titles; coloured map, twenty-eight photo plates, plan, various illustrations in-text. An account of the author’s mission on behalf of the British government during the closing months of the first world war, a sequel to or at least follows on from Philby’s The Heart of Arabia. Dw creased, tail of spine with a chip, two pages browned by inserted news clippings (included in separate envelope). In protective Brodart wrapper. A Very Good copy; clean and bright. Scarce.