Trillium Antiquarian Books

William Van Nest

Trillium Antiquarian Books has been selling scarce, out-of-print books on the Internet since 1998 and, earlier, by traditional mail order. We are a long-standing member of the Independent On-line Booksellers’ Association (IOBA) and subscribe to the Association’s code of Ethics.
Trillium Antiquarian Books is owned by William Van Nest, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Trillium Grandiflorum, from which we take our name, is the provincial flower of Ontario and appears in snowy white drifts among the hardwoods each Spring. One of several trilliums resident in the back garden is the origin of the image on this page. A resident granddaughter captured it.

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1.  Margaret Atwood, a Rarity (Mother Bird Hatches the Alphabet) and a Signed First (Bodily Harm).

Item Price: $250

Item Description: Margaret Atwood. [Mother Bird Hatches the Alphabet]. Limited edition print, No. 53 of 99 numbered copies, signed by Atwood. Charleston: University of Charleston, 1998. Ink sketch (21 x 18 cm) on Arches fine rag paper, deckle-edged, by Parchment Gallery Graphics. Though untitled, the supplied title here was suggested by a remark in the colophon (supplied as an additional leaf). That birds may sometimes take mammalian form, as here, should probably be understood as a fanciful notion. Fine. TOGETHER WITH
Margaret Atwood. Bodily Harm. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1981. First edition (301 pp.) signed by Atwood on the half-title page. In tan and maroon cloth, decorative dust jacket (wrinkle and small closed tear along top edge). A fine, unopened copy in a very good Dj.

2.  Farley Mowat. The Regiment. Signed in 1955 by Mowat, Lord Tweedsmuir, Lady Tweedsmuir

Item Price: $950

Item Description: Farley Mowat. The Regiment. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1955. First edition (pp. xix, 316, glossary, list of fatal casualties), signed “Farley Mowat/ ’55” and with the signatures of Lt.- Col. Lord John Tweedsmuir (“Tweedsmuir”) and Lady Priscilla Tweedsmuir (“Priscilla Tweedsmuir”) on the front free endpaper. Lord Tweedsmuir, son of the 1st Lord Tweedsmuir (John Buchan, Governor-General of Canada and author of, for example, The Thirty-Nine Steps), was a popular commander of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment during the Regiment’s service in the Italian campaign in WW II; Lady Tweedsmuir, first elected to Parliament in 1945, held a number of important posts including British delegate to the United Nations Assembly and minister of state for the Commonwealth office. Also included a copy of a newspaper article (probably the Belleville Intelligencer) dated 17 October 1955 with the headline “Regiment Honors ‘White Army’, Ex-Commander Lord Tweedsmuir”, an account of the tenth reunion of the Regiment at which time Lord Tweedsmuir, newly appointed Honorary Colonel of the Regiment, was presented with the first copy of The Regiment by its author, Farley Mowat, who had served with the Regiment as intelligence officer (‘I’ Section). A photograph of Mowat signing the Tweedsmuir copy accompanies the article (included separately). In all likelihood this copy of The Regiment, while not the Tweedsmuir copy pictured in the news story, was autographed and presented to a veteran member of the Regiment at that reunion. Octavo (23 cm) in original dust wrapper, silver-gray publisher’s cloth, gilt titles to spine, regimental arms in gilt to front cover; with sixteen maps and many photographs of the officers and men training in England and deployed in Italy and the Netherlands. Tweedsmuir is quoted as saying that the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment was the finest one in the Canadian Army and that Farley Mowat’s book was the finest military history ever written, and both claims may well be true. The history, in any case, is one “written in a manner far removed from the usual military history.” The author himself, to all appearances about sixteen years old, appears in a photograph with the caption “The Intelligence Officer [Mowat] and his ‘I’ Section examining a German Scissors Telescope captured at Assoro”. A Near Fine copy with gilt a bit faded at bottom of spine and a meticulously repaired and conserved dust wrapper, Very Good. A singular copy of the regimental history.


Item Price: $1800

Item Description: Robertson Davies. Shakespeare’s Boy Actors. London: J. M. Dent, 1939. First edition (vii, 207, index, bibliography [208]), frontis and eight plates. Octavo, in scarce dust wrapper, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, impressed decoration to front cover. Damaged dust wrapper not price clipped (10s/6d) skilfully preserved, laid down on archival paper and largely intact; missing irregular 5.5 cm piece from spine (which reads ‘W. / Robertson/ …’), edges worn all around, faded. Binding and text are clean and bright. Davies’ first book, his Oxford honours thesis, reflects his early and abiding interest in play-acting and illusion. With the bookplate and from the collection of Duncan Guthrie, O.B.E., who served with British special forces in Norway, France, and Burma during W.W.II and who after the war became a leading fund-raiser for medical research and advocate for children’s health. “With his wife Prue [he] set up the National Fund for Poliomyelitis Research…. Following this, the fund supported many other aspects of medical research in relation to problems of disablement and funded the endowment of 13 medical chairs in universities in the United Kingdom.” Guthrie was, in addition, “a scholar of the stage and of English literature, for which he had a prodigious memory” and thus no doubt his ownership of quite a scarce book (The Independent, 1994).


Item Price: $350

Item Description: T. E. Lawrence. Revolt in the Desert. London: Jonathan Cape, 1927. First edition. With sixteen illustrations. From the library and with the bookplate of Sir Robert Laird Borden, eighth Prime Minister of Canada (1911- 1920) and leader of Canada throughout WWI. Absent Dj, slight abrasions to top and bottom of spine, small stain on bottom edge, minor soiling to cover, browning to endpapers . Illustrations are clean and sharp in a tight, clean copy.


Item Price: $185

Item Description: Martin Picard et al. Au Pied de Cochon Sugar Shack. [Montreal]: Restaurant Au Pied de Cochon, 2012. English edition (pp. 386). Large folio (32 cm) in pictorial paper over boards, with hundreds of amusing and provocative illustrations; fine country recipes from the restaurant including the deployment, among other things, of 1200 lbs. of sturgeon, 46, 200 eggs, 1100 kg of fatback, and one scuffle. A romp. As new.


Item Price: $750

Item Description: Catharine Parr Traill. The Backwoods of Canada: Being Letters from the Wife of an Emigrant Officer, Illustrative of the Domestic Economy of British America. London: Charles Knight, 1836. Second edition (pp. xiii, 352, appendices), this copy from the library of W. T. C. [William Thornton Cust] Boyd of the prominent Boyd family and with his bookplate (See DOCB, ‘Boyd, Mossom Martin’). Duodecimo (17 cm), twenty engraved illustrations, in original brown publisher’s cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Traill’s first book, according to Needler in Otonabee Pioneers, was intended ‘to enlighten the people of the Old Country on Canada, and to encourage immigration,- not to discourage it, as her sister Mrs. Moodie [who suffers at Needler’s hands] did in Roughing It in the Bush’ (95). Earlier, Needler writes, ‘…for seven years the Traills lived the stern life of pioneers making themselves a home in the unbroken forest land of the upper Otonabee. Here, in the midst of such hardships as she could never have dreamt of as she left her home in the Suffolk countryside, Catharine Parr Traill found time to write the long letters on the experiences of the first four years that make up her book…’ (90). In History of the Book in Canada, George L. Parker in his article “Courting Local and International Markets” says, ‘Almost as disheartening [as the fortunes of John Richardson, author of Wacousta] were the circumstances of the Strickland sisters, who arrived in 1832, both recently married to half-pay officers, and ready to carve out homes in the wilderness near Lakefield, Upper Canada. In England they and their sisters [who remained in England] had turned to writing as a source of financial support after their father’s bankruptcy and death…. They were in desperate financial straits through the 1830s and quite unsuited to pioneer life, but they exploited their hard-ships in best-selling books about genteel upper-middle-class emigrants. Traill sent descriptive letters to her sister Agnes Strickland

, who used her own reputation and influence to have Charles Knight issue these as The Backwoods of Canada…in his Library of Entertaining Knowledge’ (3). According to Parker, Traill’s first book, though it received good reviews, was reprinted several times (notably in an edition which included chapters on the Rebellion of 1837) and was translated into French and German, earned its author all of 125 Pounds– hardly a ticket outof the wilderness (395). Traill’s principal later works include The Female Emigrant’s Guide (1854), Canadian Wildflowers (1868), and Studies of Plant Life in Canada (1885)– the latter two owe much to the lithographs contributed by Traill’s niece Agnes FitzGibbon (later, Chamberlin). Neatly repaired binding (rebacked, spine laid down). A very good copy of Traill’s first book.

7.  “Here are some notes, Agnes. See what you can do with them.” Samuel Strickland’s 27 Years

Item Price: $400

Item Description: Major [Samuel] Strickland and Agnes Strickland (Ed.). Twenty-seven Years in Canada West; or, the Experience of an Early Settler. London: Richard Bentley, 1853. First edition, two volumes in one (pp. xix, 311; viii, 344).Duodecimo (20 cm) in red publisher’s cloth, gilt titles and decoration to spine, boards with decoration in blind. Samuel was the successful colonial business person in the Strickland family, and Agnes, who stayed at home to write the popular lives of the royals (Lives of the Queens of England), edited her sisters’ work, and used her influence with London publishers to get it published, was the family’s literary success. Sam’s book is a loose collection of notes and observations of pioneer and colonial life. “Samuel Strickland (1804-1867) came to Canada in 1825. He first spent time in Newcastle District and then later cleared some property for a farm in Otonabee Township. He later sold his farm and purchased land in Douro and there he began clearing land at the present site of Lakefield [his house, rebuilt after a fire, is on Queen Street]. He was active in church, military and town life. In 1847 he became a Major and in 1851 he was the Reeve of Douro for three years. He also became a Justice of the Peace. During the years of 1828-1831 he worked for John Galt in the Canada Company. In his later years, Samuel established an agriculture school for young men and boys interested in pioneer farming. Around the same time that Samuel moved to Douro, his sisters Catharine Parr Traill and Susanna Moodie arrived in the area” with their husbands (Strickland Fonds, Bata Library, Trent University). Faded red and gilt on covers, abrasions to spine ends, hinges starting; generally a bit loose but holding, text clean.

8.  ALL the QUEENS 6 VOLUMES Agnes Strickland

Item Price: $350

Item Description: Conquest. London: Bell & Daldy, 1866- 69. Revised and augmented edition, in six volumes each with a portrait as frontispiece (pp. frontis., xxiv, 640; frontis., xi, 663; frontis., vii, 584; frontis., ix, 620; frontis., ix, 522; frontis., xi, 508, index). Small octavo (18 cm) specially bound in three-quarter calf over complimentary marbled paper; five raised bands, titles and fancy gilt decorations in panels; edges marbled; matching marbled epps. Each volume with an engraved portrait of an English queen as a frontispiece. These two Strickland sisters stayed at home and pursued writing careers while Susanna and Catharine Parr lit out for Canada. Their work is regularly cited in studies of the monarchy. An unusually handsome set.

9.  ANNA BROWNELL JAMESON- No Lover of Toronto but the Lakes in Summer!

Item Price: $450

Item Description: Anna Brownell Jameson. Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada. New-York: Wiley and Putnam, 1839. First U. S. edition, in two volumes (viii, [ix], 10-341; iv, 339). Original tan cloth, gilt titles to spine (lightly sunned), impressed decoration. According to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, “In 1832 her Characteristics of Women, a discussion of Shakespeare’s heroines, made her name on the Continent and in America as well as in England. On a trip to Germany after its publication she was the centre of an admiring group which included Johann Ludwig Tieck and August Wilhelm von Schlegel, and she began a lifelong friendship with Ottilie von Goethe, the poet’s daughter-in-law.” Jameson is better known, in Canada anyway, as the author of this travel book Winter Studies and Summer Rambles (1838) which describes her short stay in winter at Toronto (which she despised) and her tour up through the Great Lakes during the subsequent summer (which delighted her), experiences which gave her much to exercise her wit and intelligence. Her principal later works were largely commentaries on art, an interest connecting her to her father, a miniaturist painter, and to her first venture into Europe as governess to an important, wealthy family. An attractive, clean copy.


Item Price: $95

Item Description: John Craig and Nick Nickels. The ‘Lunge Hunter: The Life and Times of Alex Sharpe. Woodview [ON]: Craig and Nickels, 1983. Signed by Craig on the front fly leaf. First edition (pp. 96). Octavo (20.5 cm) in pictorial paperback covers; edges lightly rubbed, a smudge on the ffep. A memoir of the Stoney Lake fishing guide who “fixed the man who stole my wife” and who lived on long afterwards hunting muskies. Illustrated with pictures of men with dead fish. Found not far from Gilchrist Bay, a scarce book of local lore. Better than a very good copy, apparently unopened.

11.  TORONTO WOMEN’S PRESS CLUB 1920’s- L. M. Montgomery, Charlotte Whitton

Item Price: $100

Item Description: The Toronto Women’s Press Club [L. M. Montgomery, Charlotte Whitton, Louis Mason, Mary Isabel Houston et al.]. Verse & Reverse, Volumes 1 and 2. Toronto: Goodchild, 1921 and 1922. The annual collections of poetry by the club members, in two volumes (pp. 47, 47). Small quarto (19.5cm, 19cm) in folding paper wraps (blue and blue gray), decorative front covers– one with gilt title, the other with impressed fancy title in light blue, cord binding (mostly missing on one), front edges untrimmed. The second volume signed by Mason and Houston on the pages with their contributions. Three poems by L. M. Montgomery (‘Winter Song’, ‘The Gate of Dream’, and ‘Spring Song’). According to the Prefatory Note, the Toronto Women’s Press Club held a poetry night in April of 1921 and decided to publish the poems presented by its members (and again in 1922). Volume 1 lightly sunned, especially on the rear cover which has a discoloured patch suggesting some sort of label has been removed; string ties abraded away but still present inside; volume 2 somewhat age-toned with a few whitish marks to the rear cover. Bright, clean copies.

12.  HART HOUSE 100th YEAR COLLECTION- Massey, Bissell, Finch

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Hart House and University College, University of Toronto
Ian Montagnes. An Uncommon Fellowship, the Story of Hart House. Toronto: UT Press, 1969. In pictorial dust wrapper, many photographs. As New.
Claude T. Bissell (Ed.). University College, a Portrait. Toronto: UT Press, 1953. In red publisher’s cloth, absent any dust wrapper. Fine.
Vincent Massey. An Address delivered on the occasion of the centenary banquet of University College, October 16, 1953. Fine.
Robert Finch. A Century Has Roots, a Masque. Toronto: UT Press, 1953. First edition, SIGNED by Finch (pp. 28). Octavo in decorative stiff wraps. Performed at Hart House Theatre to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the foundation of University College, Toronto, in 1853. Better than Very Good.

13.  BEGG’S HISTORY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA- A Present from Sir Sandford

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Alexander Begg. A History of British Columbia from Its Earliest Discovery to the Present Time. Toronto: Briggs, 1894. First edition, with a typed note on the front endpaper, ‘With the compliments of/ Mr. SANFORD [sic] FLEMING. / January, 1895.’(pp. xviii, 8- 568). Octavo (22 cm) in brown publisher’s cloth, gilt titles and decoration; illustrated with over a hundred sketches, photographs in text. A remark in the Introduction captures the narrative’s point of view, ‘Of the pre-historic period, that is, prior to the arrival of Captain James Cook, on the north-west coast of America, little need be said.’ So, a history of Europeans, British Europeans, in the Northwest emphasizing commercial and social development, loyalty to the Queen Empress, and the like. Paper becoming brittle with a tendency to chip, absent the map mentioned in the Preface (but no sign it was ever present and had subsequently been removed). A Very Good copy.


Item Price: $100

Item Description: Charles Sheldon. The Wilderness of the North Pacific Coast Islands, a Hunter’s Experiences while Searching for Wapiti, Bears, and Caribou on the larger Coast Islands of British Columbia and Alaska. Toronto: Copp, Clark, 1912. First edition (pp. xv, 246, index). Small octavo (21 cm) in publisher’s dark green cloth, gilt titles and decoration; five maps (four in text, one folding), more than fifty photo plate illustrations with tissue guards. Charles Sheldon (1867- 1928) left the railway business in his mid-thirties to pursue his abiding interest in sheep— the mountain sheep of North America. A friend of Theodore Roosevelt, he explored and hunted “specimens” in remoter parts of Yukon and Alaska, where he was instrumental in the creation of Mt. McKinley National Park. Provided the area had sheep, or at least a bear, Sheldon was keen to visit and explore. This book is a record of his hunting explorations of Haida Gwaii (then the Queen Charlottes) and southern Alaska. Minor wear to the edges; ex libris- remnants of patch at base of spine but without the other usual markings. A Very Good copy.


Item Price: $250

Item Description: Captain John T. Walbran. British Columbia Coast Names 1592- 1906, their Origin and History to which Are Added a Few Names in Adjacent United States Territory. Ottawa: Government Printing Bureau, 1909. First edition (pp. 546) from the library and with the plate of Mr. Justice Archer Martin of British Columbia and a note presenting the book to D. D. Mann, a principal in a Victoria mining company (Martin was an expert in mining laws and wrote extensively on the subject). Tall octavo (23 cm) in green publisher’s cloth, gilt titles to spine; large folding map of the coast of British Columbia bound in at rear, twenty photographic illustrations, clipping of letter to Victoria Colonist on the origin of the name ‘Active Pass’. Much coastal lore and history as, for example, the naming of Saltspring Island (and many places not nearly as familiar). Minor wear top and bottom of the spine, tips; binding becoming a bit dry. A Very Good copy with an interesting provenance.

16.  THE RAINIER ISSUE Mountaineer II

Item Price: $100

Item Description: The Mountaineer, Volume II. Mount Rainier Number. November, 1909. Seattle: The Mountaineers, 1909. Tall octavo (25 cm) in original tan wraps, black titles, 82 pp. Fine folding colour map of Mt. Rainier National Park showing roads and trails, revised 1907, bound in at p. 38 (a second, adventitious copy inserted at rear) with twenty-nine photographic illustrations of adventures on the mountain. Neat repairs to back strip, corners worn, a few spots; internally clean and bright.

17.  There’s Gold in Them Hills, but Whose Hills Are They

Item Price: $180

Item Description: Thomas Willing Balch. The Alasko- Canadian Frontier. Philadelphia: Allen, Lane and Scott, 1902. First edition (pp. 45), complete with several maps. Signed and with an inscription to banker Elisha Rhodes Brown (1847- 1922), President, Strafford Savings Bank of Dover, New Hampshire, and director of a number of other enterprises, e.g., Central Maine RR. Brown’s bookplate on ffep. Small folio (26 cm) in red publisher’s cloth, gilt titles, t.e.g., maps. Balch (1866- 1927) was the son of the international law expert Thomas Balch who was active in courts of arbitration, notably in the case of the dispute between the U.S. and Great Britain over the Alabama affair. The son, however, satisfied himself publicizing various public-spirited causes to which he took a fancy, among them genealogy, a popular pursuit among the newly comfortable. The Alasko- Canadian Frontier began as a lecture on the implications of agreements entered into by the Russian empire and Great Britain in the 1820’s which described the boundaries between their respective territories. Just before the turn of the century, there was some interest in the question as American investors began to suspect there might be something to dig up or cut down in what had been but lately derided as Seward’s folly. A tight, clean copy.

18.  The Boundary from the Arctic Ocean to Mt. St. Elias

Item Price: $100

Item Description: W. F. King, J. J. McArthur, O. H. Tittmann, and E. C. Barnard (Commissioners). Joint Report Upon the Survey and Demarkation of the International Boundary between the United States and Canada along the 141st Meridian from the Arctic Ocean to Mount St. Elias. N.p., [1918]. First edition (pp. 305). Large quarto (31 cm) in green publisher’s cloth, gilt titles; many photographs showing the work of the survey parties, illustrations, sketches, diagrams, maps and panoramas; technical details of the survey of the boundary. Edges with some wear, otherwise Fine.

19.  ARIADNE R.Murray Schafer

Item Price: $100

Item Description: R. Murray Schafer. Ariadne. Bancroft: Arcana (1985). First edition, signed and with an inscription by the author and composer (pp. 77, [ii]). Octavo (22 cm) in blue card. A collection of ‘concrete poetry’ and fanciful sketches. Lightly sunned spine but otherwise quite fine. A scarce book.

20.  Stalin Township?

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Herbert F. Gardiner. Nothing But Names. An Inquiry into the Origin of the Names of the Counties and Townships of Ontario. Toronto: George Morang, 1899. First edition (pp. viii, 561, index). Large octavo (22.5 cm) in maroon publisher’s cloth, gilt titles and decorations, t.e.g. Top and bottom spine edges, tips abraded. The first Governor of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe, divided the province into nineteen counties, but by 1798 the first Parliament of Upper Canada had passed a bill ‘to ascertain and establish the boundary lines of the different townships of the province’ and another ‘forming eight districts, twenty-three counties and 158 townships’. All of these appeared in Smith’s map of the province at the end of the 18th century, showing its organization based on the township form of government (or ‘towns’ as they are still known) familiar to early settlers from New England. These many townships, of course, needed names, as did the counties, and as you might expect, very little imagination was expended on the nomenclature (except possibly where certain native names were adapted). Colonists always need reminders of whence they have come. Gardiner identifies the prominent personage or the town or the region ‘at home’ after which these new places and jurisdictions were called. The county town of Peterborough, for example, apparently was named at a dinner party for a half-dozen friends of Peter Robinson who settled 400 Irish immigrant families in the region and has not in its name a sentimental connection to the East Anglia city. A clean, tight copy.


Item Price: $100

Item Description: C. Hillier Williamson, John Gilbert Jones, and Scott Young. Omemee: Mississauga Campsite to Ontario Village [and] From Canada’s Centennial to the New Millenium. Parts I and II with a Supplement. Peterborough: Pigin, 2000. Second edition, in three volumes arranged as two books (pp. xii, 336, obit, notice, index; xiv, 154; update). Octavo (22 cm) in blue publisher’s cloth, Supplement in stiff wraps; gilt titles to cover and spine. Williamson originally published the first volume in 1968. Part II and the Supplement (or Update) was edited and arranged by Jones, with a contribution by the well known journalist Scott Young, a native of the area and whose son is even better known. Condition: As new. A scarce local history.

22.  How Ohio, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia Got Its Name

Item Price: $80

Item Description: J. R. Campbell. A History of the County of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Saint John: J. & A. McMillan, 1876. First edition (pp. xvi, 200) with nine full-page engravings, chiefly of churches, and a title-page vignette. Octavo (21 cm) in olive green publisher’s cloth with decorations in blind, gilt titles to cover and spine. The Rev. Campbell’s history bears the imprimatur of a committee of local worthies attesting to its accuracy and impartiality– especially when it comes to the account of a Mr. L. E. Baker of the Committee whose house is prominently featured in one engraving. Just how Ohio got its name (Ohio, Nova Scotia, that is) is one of those unwritten comedies which get buried in the particulars recorded in many local histories and then passed over. According to the Reverend Campbell, “About fifty years ago… when there was a great rage for emigrating to Ohio [in the United States], and several families had left for that then very distant El Dorado of the West, Nehemiah and Benjamin Churchill…were smitten with the ‘Ohio fever’, as it was called. Not being able to carry out their plans from some cause, they removed back into the woods with their families, several miles beyond the most distant settler at the ‘Ponds’, as all the country above the mills at Milton was called, and gave their farms the name of their wished-for western home; which has thus become the name of the settlement” (p. 149). Lower 4 cm of front cover’s edge discoloured, bottom edge a bit faded in places, endpapers with glue remnants. A tight, clean copy.

23.  Local History Indian Head, SK

Item Price: $150

Item Description: Indian Head, History of Indian Head and District. Indian Head (Saskatchewan): W. D. Schafer, 1984. First edition (pp. x, 798). Large quarto (28 cm) in decorative black publisher’s cloth, gilt titles and decorations to cover and spine, pictorial dust wrapper (short tears and nibbles, repaired), pictorial epp. A comprehensive local history and genealogy of the southeastern Saskatchewan town from its beginnings in the 1880’s including just about everything that ever happened in education, agriculture, religion, community affairs, foreign wars, and sports; every club, lodge, association, circle, and committee. An admirable community effort to produce a local history. More than five hundred pages of family histories, largely self-narrated and often with pictures, embracing just about everybody who ever lived in Indian Head (and probably some who were just passing through). Many photographs of families and businesses, including, for example, Frank Smith and friend perched atop Smiths Bakery Float (p. 628). While a number of local survey maps are included, just where the town is located in Saskatchewan isn’t mentioned nor is there a map showing its location on the prairies. Perhaps that’s because the writers already knew where they were. A fine copy in a very good dust wrapper.

24.  LEEDS and GRENVILLE- Leavitt

Item Price: $300

Item Description: Thaddeus W. H. Leavitt. History of Leeds and Grenville Ontario, from 1749 to 1879, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Brockville: Recorder Press, 1879. First edition, illustrated by E. A. Turner (pp. viii, 200). Large quarto (30 cm) in modern green publisher’s cloth, gilt titles, new endpapers. Illustrated with many fine lithographic plates by E. A. Turner depicting prominent people, residences, businesses, and public buildings, the text comprising an historical account of the settlement of the eastern Ontario region and a collection of biographies, reminiscences, and sketches of various families. Leavitt (1844?- 1909) was at the time the editor of the (Brockville) Recorder. ‘As a young man Leavitt prospected for gold in South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia where he wrote The History of Victoria and Melbourne, The History of Tasmania, and Australian Representative Men. Leavitt’s spouse, Lydia (Brown) Leavitt was the author, among other books, of Around the World , c. 1880, and Bohemian Society, [1884]. See Waters, A Checklist of Canadian Literature.

This copy of the History, re-bound in attractive green cloth with gilt titles, preserves several damaged pages, notably pp. 81/ 82 and 199/ 200, which have been mounted on separate sheets and inserted in place, perhaps during the re-bind. The damage is largely to the margins, but there is some minor loss (as of a syllable or two) to 199/ 200 in particular; the repairs are a bit clumsy and might benefit from the attention of a conservator. Several short, closed tears in the margins have been repaired with archival tape; there is an occasional blotch and spot. A very good copy of a scarce book.

25.  The Late Lt. Temple, Roll of Honour

Item Price: $150

Item Description: British Roll of Honour of the Empire’s Heroes. Published, probably as one of a series, for private circulation [Queenhithe], c. 1919, unpaginated but c. 400 pp. Large quarto (31 cm) in white cloth over purple, gilt titles and decorations, a.e.g. Dozens of biographical sketches accompanied by a portrait photograph of about 200 British officers (they were all officers) killed in World War I and made available to their families at five pounds each. ‘British’ here includes New Zealanders, Australians, and Canadians. The final page is a decorative printed frame suitable for a full-size portrait of the soldier whose sacrifice is memorialized, in this instance Lt. C. C. Temple, Second Canadian Mounted Rifles, killed 2nd October 1916. Lengthy inscription by Lt. Temple’s father on the front endpaper, title page; enclosed is a note of condolence from Temple’s former teacher, now principal, at Upper Canada College. White cloth still a bit smudged (it cleaned up nicely, though), one hinge starting, endpaper creased. Very Good. Apparently quite scarce, held in nine libraries worldwide.

26.  Royal Regiment of Artillery- Paintings and Silver

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Regimental Heritage. A Pictorial Record of the Paintings and Silver of the Royal Regiment of Artillery. London: Europa, for the Regiment, 1984. First edition, a presentation copy from General Sir Richard Vincent, KCB, DSO (pp. 286, index). Long folio (35 cm) in Oxford blue, gilt titles and regimental arms, matching slipcase. More than a hundred colour plates depicting events in the regiment’s service history out of 417 total including many b&w photographic plates. A Fine copy in similar slipcase.

27.  Wandrian’s Capt. Wood of River Hebert, NS

Item Price: $200

Item Description: Capt. R. Connolly. Hand-Book and Self-Teacher for the Local Maritime Board of Canada, Comprising a Series of Questions and Answers and Explanations. Saint John: McKillop & Johnston, 1876. First edition (135 pp.). Octavo, in brown publisher’s cloth, gilt titles to front cover. Boldly SIGNED on the ffep by its owner ‘Eugene D. Wood, River Hebert, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia’ and on the rear paste-down as ‘Capt. E. D. Wood/ Schr. Wandrian/ Boston’. Connolly intended this self-teacher for the ‘young and inexperienced Mariner’, and it seems Wood first acquired it as a young seaman, as his several signatures (There are four) show varying degrees of maturity. In the preface, somewhat worryingly, Connolly requests ‘any of my friends who may find discrepancies in this work to tell or communicate with me, as some may have crept in; having no assistant, I have worked every question myself.’ His self-teacher includes instruction in such matters as longitude by chronometer, finding latitude by reduction of meridian, and parallel sailing.

Capt. Wood and the Wandrian (OE: wanderer), a three-masted schooner built 1883 and displacing 371 tons, appear in the record from time to time. In October, 1889 the vessel is seized briefly by the U.S. marshal at Bangor, Maine, on a complaint by a discharged seaman but is released after the complaint is determined to be unfounded. In March, 1897 the New York Times reports the three-masted schooner, owned and skippered by Wood and bound for Boston from Puerto Rico with 535 hogsheads of molasses on board, ‘poked her nose into a shoal off Short Beach [L.I.]… and spent a perilous night in the breakers’ before being freed by tugs. Wood had apparently lost his bearings after two days in a thick fog (There is little advice in Connolly about finding your way in a thick fog). Finally, in October, 1899 the Times reports the death of Capt. James Crandall, retired shipmaster, while fishing off the harbour at New London, CT, when his little boat was run into by the ‘British schooner Wandrian’. Binding generally worn and a bit loose but intact; some notes and calculations here and there in the lightly soiled text. An interesting personal document from the days when commercial sailing vessels plied the east coast of North America between the Canadian maritimes, the ‘Boston states’, and the West Indies. Quite presentable and not at all easy to find.

28.  SAUGEEN Shipwrecks

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Patrick Folkes,. Shipwrecks of the Saugeen (1828- 1938), a History of Maritime Disasters of Bruce County [Ontario]. Privately published, 1970. First edition (pp. 85). Large quarto (28 cm) in blue paper covers; illustrated with maps and photographs. The Saugeen, as the subtitle suggests, refers to those shores of Lake Huron which extend from Clark Point, just south of Kincardine, all the way north along the western shores of the Bruce Peninsula to Tobermory, thence south along the eastern shores to Owen Sound and Meaford, but it also encompasses the southern tip of Manitoulin Island at South Baymouth and Fitzwilliam Island. Patrick Folkes, of Willowdale, Ontario, spent more than thirty years exploring the maritime history of the Great Lakes— shipwrecks, maritime disasters, lighthouse technology, techniques of wooden ship construction, the evolution of commercial fishing on the lakes (Brehm, A Fully Accredited Ocean). Spine edges lightly sunned, previous owner’s note to cover; otherwise a Fine copy of a scarce history of southern Lake Huron (in fourteen libraries worldwide).

29.  Escaping a Shabby Gentility

Item Price: $600

Item Description: John J. Rowan. The Emigrant and Sportsman in Canada. Some Experiences of an Old Country Settler. With Sketches of Canadian Life, Sporting Adventures, and Observations on the Forests and Fauna. London: Edward Stanford, 1876. First edition thus (viii, 440, adverts) with coloured fold-out map of the northeast of NA, from the Sault to Nova Scotia and from Cape May to the sub arctic, showing growing regions and where to hunt, trap, and fish, and for what. 8vo, in decorative green publisher’s cloth, gilt titles to spine. Under the nom de plume ‘Cariboo’, Rowan wrote a column for the periodical Field featuring ‘useful hints for emigrants and sportsmen’. These columns are gathered here, together with ‘fresh matter’. Rowan wrote, as he said, for ‘people of small fortune’ who if they remained in Britain would find only a pinched and impecunious life and a ‘shabby gentility’, but who if they emigrated to Canada might manage to live in a fashion more in keeping with their pretensions. Rowan was no eager promoter nor a wide-eyed fantasist and wrote from personal experience, whether about raising cattle or fishing salmon. He knew how to stay alive in the bush and how to tie a fly, as his directions for each suggest. Rowan is often portrayed as a sports writer, and he certainly knew his way around fly fishing and goose shooting, but this book is as much about how to get along and how to manage in this raw, new country and is all the more interesting for that. Minor loss at top edge of spine (.5 cm), bottom edge lightly abraded, a worn corner. A clean, tight, bright copy. Very nice indeed.


Item Price: $80

Item Description: H. B. Small and J. Taylor (Ed.). William Notman (Photographer). The Canadian Handbook and Tourist’s Guide. Montreal: Longmoore & Co., 1866. First edition (196, appendix, adverts), illustrated by 9 early albumen photographic prints by William Notman mounted on stiff card– including Montmorenci Falls, the Saguenay, Lake St. Charles, Montreal Harbour, the Habitant (after Kreighoff), Barrack Hill, the Basket Maker (Kreighoff), Indian Camp (Kreighoff), Niagara. Octavo, in brown decorative publisher’s cloth; perished spine skilfully replaced, gilt titles to spine, scattered foxing in text. About twenty pages in blue of adverts for transportation and tourist accommodation, railway and steamship travel. The handbook gives ‘a description of Canadian lake and river scenery and places of historical interest with the best spots for fishing and shooting’. Notman, who came to Montreal from Scotland where he had trained as a daguerreotypist, became the most important photographer in Canada, recording scenes of the opening of the West, the country’s burgeoning cities, and its prominent personalities– the Montreal photograph with Victoria Bridge is an especially good example (‘William Notman’, CE). See also ’Notman’ in DCB. Quite a nice copy with good, early photographs. A scarce and important book.