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. 

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1. Middleton and Landon’s Four-Volume History of Ontario

Item Price: $200

Item Description: Jesse Edgar Middleton and Fred Landon. The Province of Ontario- A History 1615-1927. Toronto: Dominion Publishing Co., 1927. First edition, in four volumes (pp. frontis, 657; frontis, 658, historical index; frontis, 315; frontis, 316-658, appendices, biographical and historical indexes). Large octavo (28 cm), illustrated with many portraits and views; in three-quarter leather over marbled paper, gilt titles and decoration, t.e.g. Volumes I and II are a detailed conventional historical narrative of the principal political, commercial, and military events (a gazetteer, election results) ; Volumes II and IV comprise biographical sketches, with portraits, of Important People in Ontario history (The portrait of Bond Head explains much of what went wrong during his tenure). Skillful repairs to two worn spine ends; one back strip is somewhat fragile but retains its integrity. Generally a handsome, bright copy.

2. Shakespeare at Stratford, 1954, with James Mason, Tyrone Guthrie, William Shatner

Item Price: $50

Item Description: Tyrone Guthrie, Robertson Davies, and Grant MacDonald (Illustrator). Twice Have the Trumpets Sounded. A Record of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Canada, 1954. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1954. First edition (pp. xiv, 193). Small folio (23.5 cm) in brown cloth with gilt titles; illustrated with 38 plates in colour and b&w, the work of Grant MacDonald representing a pictorial record of the Festival season including Oedipus Rex, Taming of the Shrew, and Measure for Measure. Noteworthy are portraits of James Mason, William Shatner, and William Hutt (Canadian will recognize, as well, Frances Hyland, Donald Harron, Mavor Moore, and Bruno Gerussi). The text, a commentary on the season’s productions, is by Davies who observes of William Shatner’s portrayal of Lucentio that ‘he is a clever man wrestling with a disabling gaucherie.’ Guthrie contributes a brief essay. A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket.

3. Costume Design for Stratford Festival’s 1962 Season Twenty-two Plates

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Tanya Moiseiwitsch, Martha Jamieson, Desmond Heeley, Brian Jackson, Marie Day and Robert Prevost. Costume Designs from the Stratford Festival (Stratford, Ontario). Stratford: the Festival, 1962. Twenty-two colour plates (32 cm x 24 cm) illustrative of costume designs from the 1953- 61 seasons at Stratford in card portfolio. Corner of one plate creased, some margin edges lightly browned; portfolio spotted, creased. Plates should be removed from portfolio, matted and framed. Images bright and clean. Scarce.

4. Canadian Alpine Journal, 1913, Conquering Mt. McKinley

Item Price: $75

Item Description: The Canadian Alpine Journal. Volume V. Banff: Alpine Club of Canada, 1913. First edition (pp. 137, adverts), with folding map; article on conquering Mt. McKinley with folding map and other mountaineering, camping, and scientific articles; illustrated by full-page b&w photographs, sketches. Tall octavo (25 cm) in blue-gray wraps; spine tips worn. Contents clean and bright.

5. Contemporary Canadian Artists with Signatures

Item Price: $250

Item Description: David Burnett and Marilyn Schiff. Contemporary Canadian Art. Edmonton: Hurtig, 1983. First edition, signed by the authors and about fifty artists whose work appears here (300, index). Quarto (21.5 cm), in pictorial dust jacket, black cloth and gilt titles to spine; illustrated with more than eighty colour reproductions and many more in b&w. Signed by Burnett and Schiff and about fifty others– for example, Christopher Pratt, Michael Snow, Joyce Wieland, Etrog, Dorothy Knowles, and Greg Curnoe. A survey of Canadian art from the period 1940- 1980, in the wake of the Group of Seven, but exclusive of native or aboriginal art which it was rightly felt required an entire book unto itself. Mildly rubbed lower edge, otherwise this copy as new.

6. Emily Carr Up Close, Woo’s Bad Rap

Item Price: $150

Item Description: Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher. Emily Carr. The Untold Story. Saanichton: Hancock House, 1978. First edition, signed by Hembroff-Schleicher (408, index), frontispiece photo of author, many Carr b&w sketches published for the first time, album of photographs of Carr et al. Quarto (23 cm.) in kelly green cloth with matching slipcase. (A few copies apparently were issued in this slipcase. A pencilled note under the author’s signature on the title page reads ‘87/150’.) The author was twenty-three when she met Emily Carr who, as she says, was full of life and did not act like an old woman (Carr was fifty-eight), and they went on to paint together for quite a few years. The account either was badly edited or not edited at all and has something of the scrapbook about it. Hembroff-Schleicher kept lots of notes about her experiences with Carr and seems to have included all of them one way or another, but at the cost of telling a coherent story. Sometimes a sort of officious, argumentative settling of scores takes over as the author reveals that a trust account showed a balance of $3, 456.00 and not $3, 353.00 or that Woo, Carr’s nasty monkey, bit only two children, neither of whom actually died as a result. So the Real Story is really lots of little stories of varying degrees of interest (some high, some low). This copy as new in similar slipcase.

7. Signed A. Y. Jackson’s Autobiography

Item Price: $300

Item Description: A. Y. Jackson. A Painter’s Country. The Autobiography of A. Y. Jackson. Toronto: Clarke Irwin, 1958. Limited edition, No. 814 of 1000, signed by A. Y. Jackson (xv, 170), twelve colour reproductions of Jackson’s paintings tipped in. Quarto (30 cm.), in red morocco over complimentary red cloth with gilt titles to spine, pictorial slipcase (edges worn). This copy fine.

8.  One Hundred and Seven Pencil Drawings by A. Y. Jackson Author Signed

Item Price: $300

Item Description: A. Y. Jackson. A Painter’s Country. The Autobiography of A. Y. Jackson. Toronto: Clarke Irwin, 1958. Limited edition, No. 814 of 1000, signed by A. Y. Jackson (xv, 170), twelve colour reproductions of Jackson’s paintings tipped in. Quarto (30 cm.), in red morocco over complimentary red cloth with gilt titles to spine, pictorial slipcase (edges worn). This copy fine.

9. Twenty-eight Drawings by Barbara Howard Artist Signed on Colophon

Item Price: $2000

Item Description: Barbara Howard. Twenty-Eight Drawings by Barbara Howard. Toronto: Martlet Press, 1970. First edition, boldly signed on the colophon page by Barbara Howard and with a short introduction by poet Richard Outram (her husband and model). Folio (43 cm.), in black cloth with title label to spine. ‘Book designed by Allan Robb Fleming, printed by Hertzig-Somerville Ltd., and hand bound by Joseph Palaga in an edition of 275 copies of which this is number 242.’ A fine copy of a handsomely produced book.

10. Around Superior, Up the Hudson, Down the St. Lawrence to the Saguenay Fishing all the Way (1847-48)

Item Price: $500

Item Description: Charles Lanman. A Tour of the River Saguenay, in Lower Canada. Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1848. First edition (viii, 231), small octavo in new three-quarter brown cloth over complimentary marbled paper, gilt titles to spine. This copy was found in the publisher’s original plain paper wraps, yet to be properly bound. Charles Lanman (1819- 1895) “was a Michigan born landscape painter, sportsman, and writer…who published several books about his journeys through the wilderness and newly developing areas of the northern Midwest and Canada “ (LOC). A Tour takes Lanman up the Hudson Valley, fishing all the way, to Montreal and down the St. Lawrence to Quebec City. It culminates in scenes along the Saguenay which Lanman, an accomplished landscape painter, especially enjoys describing– a show of the Aurora at midnight, a sense of oppression on the moody, cliff-hung river. This is the American edition; “an English edition was issued, the same year, under the title: Adventures of an angler in Canada, Nova Scotia and the United States” (LOC). In fact, Lanman is good at describing fishing adventures, too, as when he captures a mouse to use as trout bait or surprises pike fishers with his prowess with a spear. All jolly good fun. He is not quite so good when it comes to people– for example, he and his guide endure a long, loud thunderstorm on a small island in the Saguenay, but we know nothing about his companion except he was ‘an Indian’ of one sort or another. Lanman is happiest with cloudscapes and waterfalls, and he found them aplenty on this journey down the river to New Brunswick, thence into Maine and Moosehead Lake. A fine, bright copy in its first suit of clothes. Quite a scarce book, certainly in this condition.


Charles Lanman. Summer in the Wilderness; Embracing a Canoe Voyage Up the Mississippi and Around Lake Superior. New-York: Appleton, 1847. First edition (208 pp.), small octavo in new three-quarter brown cloth over complimentary marbled paper, gilt titles to spine. This copy was found in the publisher’s original plain paper wraps, yet to be properly bound. Charles Lanman (1819- 1895) “was a Michigan born landscape painter, sportsman, and writer…who published several books about his journeys through the wilderness and newly developing areas of the northern Midwest and Canada. This book shares highlights of his 1846 trip from St. Louis… by way of Lake Winnipeg and Cedar Lake, eventually reaching Lake Superior after travelling along the St. Louis River to Fond du Lac. Lanman writes about nature from a romantic perspective, recreating woodland scenes with plunging cataracts, picturesque bluffs, and sparkling waters. He [describes] various Native American peoples and passes on…legends associated with the places he visited [including the legend of Winona]. The last chapter is a nostalgic recollection of the author’s childhood in an arcadian Michigan…” (LOC). Indeed, in this last chapter Lanman recalls being taken downstream by a large sturgeon he has just speared, a scene reminiscent of one in A River Runs Through It (another story of a fugitive arcadia). Title page with a small stain and a few wrinkles; otherwise, a fine, bright copy in its first suit of clothes. Quite a scarce book, certainly in this condition.

11. Lands Forlorn Travels in the Mackenzie District to the Arctic Shore

​Item Price: $750

Item Description: George M. Douglas. Lands Forlorn. G. P. Putnam’s Sons (Knickerbocker Press): New York, 1914. First edition (xv, 285, append.). Colour frontis of the author from the portrait by Grier and 182 b&w photo illustrations mostly in text, two maps at rear. Large octavo (23 cm), in dark blue cloth, gilt lettering to titles, t.e.g. From the collection and with the signature of Douglas’ cousin, Lewis W. Douglas (1894- 1974), Democrat politician under Roosevelt, ambassador to Great Britain, and business executive (‘L. W. Douglas/ New York 1924’) and, later, from that of Francis Campbell Bell, once Manitoba’s minister of mines, who has copied out Douglas’ obituary notice and placed it in an envelope at the rear. Also included, separately, an offprint of the article ‘The Copper Bearing Traps of the Coppermine River’ (Ottawa 1913) by [Dr.] James Douglas, L. W.’s grandfather, (1837- 1918), mining engineer and president of the mining company Phelps Dodge, which consists largely of August Sandburg’s report of the geological findings of the expedition.

Originally from Lakefield, Ontario, George Mellis Douglas (1875- 1963) was an engineer chiefly employed in the copper mining industry in the U. S. southwest. He set out in company with his brother Lionel (‘Lion’) and the geologist August Sandburg to visit the Coppermine River country in the Canadian arctic with half a mind to locate copper deposits in the area, the presence of which was suggested by tools and decorative objects worked in copper by people of the Western Arctic. Much of expedition’s success was due to the travellers’ skill with small boats and, according to Douglas, to their independence of local support, the dependability of which Douglas was rightly skeptical. The fine sailing canoe Douglas used on the trip north is on display at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

In the result, while no great copper deposits were discovered, they did wander profitably for the reader through the high and low spots of the country– the sweep of the Mackenzie River, the deaths in winter of two trappers, smiling Inuit families are captured in Douglas’ fine photographs (Robert Service appears in one snap-shot at the dead trappers’ cabin.) In Arctic Profiles, Finnie says, in part, ‘George M. Douglas was one of the most efficient and well-informed explorers of the Mackenzie District, particularly the northerly reaches of Great Bear Lake and the Coppermine River as far as the arctic coast, during the early years of the twentieth century…. [He] was a pioneer who opened up new vistas for mineral investigation and development. Yet he is chiefly known for his only book, Land Forlorn [sic], which, published in 1914, is noteworthy for its accuracy, attention to detail, and superb photographs. It stands as one of the classics of northern literature. His work in the Southwest was interrupted by the first of his northern explorations. This was for a 1911-1912 expedition to Great Bear Lake, the Dismal Lakes, and the lower Coppermine River to search for copper deposits.The Douglas party tracked up the swift-flowing Great Bear River with a York boat to Great Bear Lake, towing a canoe. They sailed across the lake to the northeasterly corner at the mouth of the Dease River, where Lionel Douglas built a substantial cabin for the winter. Meanwhile, George Douglas and August Sandburg canoed up the Dease to the Dismal Lakes and thence to the Kendall River and the Coppermine. They explored the Coppermine Mountains during the first season before returning to the cabin. The party ranged as far as Coronation Gulf, meeting some of the Copper Inuit but missing Vilhjalmur Stefansson, who had visited the Dismal Lakes only a few months prior to their arrival. (George Douglas and Stefansson eventually became life-long friends.) The entire expedition was noteworthy for its meticulous planning and successful execution, with no serious mishaps. He wrote well and kept journals of all his journeys, profusely illustrated with his photographs of consistently professional quality, yet he published only one book and a couple of articles for technical magazines’ (ASTIS 32608). See Enid Mallory’s Coppermine: The Far North of George M. Douglas. A handsome copy of a scarce book on arctic exploration. $750

12. Photographs of Douglas’ Travels in the Mackenzie District, the Coppermine River, Signed by the Author and Mrs. Douglas

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Enid Mallory. Coppermine: The Far North of George M. Douglas. Peterborough: Broadview, 1989. First edition, signed by Mallory and by Frances [Mrs. George M.] Douglas, who furnished notes and photographs (pp. xl, 273, notes, index). Long folio (29 cm) in pictorial dust wrapper, publisher’s cloth, titles to spine; illustrated by 115 photographic plates, many from Douglas’ book Lands Forlorn. A fine copy.

13. High Realism in Canada Signed by Ken Danby and with Inscription by Duval

Item Price: $150

Item Description: Paul Duval. High Realism in Canada. Toronto: Clark, Irwin & Co., 1974. First edition, signed and with inscriptions by Duval and Ken Danby (pp. 175, index). Quarto (32 cm) in pictorial dust wrapper, gray-green publisher’s cloth, gilt titles to spine. A survey of the work of D. P. Brown, Jack Chambers, Alex Colville, Ken Danby, Tom Forrestal, Eric Freifeld, E. J. Hughes, Ernest Lidner, Hugh Mackenzie, Christine Pflug, Christopher Pratt, Fred Ross, and Jeremy Smith. A fine copy in a very good dust wrapper.

14. A Perfect Collection of Krieghoffs Signed No. 60 of 100 Copies

Item Price: $400

Item Description: J. Russell Harper. Krieghoff. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1979. Limited edition, No. 60 of 100, signed by Russell Harper (xvi, 204, index), 164 reproductions in colour and b&w of Krieghoff’s paintings (and some merely attributed to him). Quarto (25 cm.), in three-quarter red cloth over complimentary marbled paper, matching slipcase; gilt titles to cover and spine. Cornelius Krieghoff’s two thousand ‘canvases of popular, anecdotal, genre subjects brought new dimensions to the Canadian scene and a colourful romanticism’ (Harper, CE) and depict in dramatic, affectionate detail everyday events in mid-century Quebec (especially)– as for example ‘The Habitant Farm’, ‘Run Off the Road in a Blizzard’, ‘The Baker’s Mishap’. The Thompson collection, which can be seen at the Art Gallery of Ontario, is an especially generous sampling of Krieghoff’s paintings, and this title is an especially handsome survey of Krieghoff’s life and work. A scarce edition, scarcer still in this condition, as new in a fine slipcase.

15. C. P. Traill’s Letters Home from the Woods

Item Price: $850

Item Description:

Author: Catharine Parr Traill

Title:  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).InHistory 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’ (349).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 of125 Pounds– hardly a ticket out of 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 firstbook.


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. 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. Not a Shabby Gentility

Item Price: $500

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 growingregions and where to hunt, trap, and fish, and for what.Octavo, 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 ambitions or 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.

28. Lorne Greene’s Signature

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Lister Sinclair.A Play on Words & Other Radio Plays. Toronto: J.M. Dent, 1948.First edition (298 pp.). Includes, as well, the radio plays The Blood Is Strong, Day of Victory, Oedipus the King, The Faithful Heart, The Case Against Cancer, No Scandal in Spain, All about Emily, You Can’t Stop Now, The New Canada, We All Hate Toronto. Signed and with a note by Lorne Greene (then Director of the Academy of Radio Arts).In red cloth (a few small spots) and pictorial Dj (chipped spine, corners, spine lightly sunned, small closed tears), a very good copy.

29. Canada’s Birds Five Volumes

Item Price: $250

Item Description: J. Fenwick Lansdowne and John A. Livingston. Birds of the Eastern Forest, Birds of the Northern Forest, and Birds of the West Coast. The complete five volumes. Included in the set are: (1) J. F. Lansdowne and John A. Livingston. Birds of the Eastern Forest. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1968-70. First edition in two volumes (pp. 231, 261, bibliography, index). Folio (24 cm), 112 colour plates with additional sketches by Lansdowne. Blue cloth, gilt decoration. Fine copies. (2) J. Fenwick Lansdowne and John A. Livingston. Birds of the Northern Forest. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1967. Second printing (pp. 247, index). Folio (34 cm), 56 fine colour plates with additional sketches by Lansdowne. Blue cloth, gilt decoration. Shelf-wear along bottom edge of cover, very good Dj on o/w bright, clean copy. (3) J. Fenwick Lansdowne. Birds of the West Coast. Toronto: Feheley, 1976- 80. Later editions, in two volumes (pp. 175, 167, bibliography, index). Folio (37 cm), with a hundred full-page colour plates (four fold-outs) and a like number of drawings; Foreword to Volume II by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Fine. Generally an excellent, near fine collection in protective covers. Probably one of the best Lansdowne sets we have offered.


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.